Wallace Foundation Selects VSU To Help Improve How Aspiring Principles Are Trained

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Virginia State University President Dr. Makola M. Abdullah (far right) discusses the significance of the Wallace Foundation collaboration with Provost Dr. Donald E. Palm and the Department of Educational Leadership faculty members, who will lead the initiative/Virginia State University

The Wallace Foundation selected Virginia State University, among six other universities, to participate in a national $47 million initiative to develop models over the next four years for improving university principle preparation programs and to examine state policy to see if it could be strengthened to encourage higher-quality training statewide. VSU, along with district partners and the Virginia Department of Education, will receive $2.4 million in the first year to participate.

The University Principal Preparation Initiative seeks to explore how university programs can improve their training so it reflects the evidence on how to best prepare effective principals, and then to share these insights to benefit the broader field. It aims to address a longstanding concern that many university programs have not kept pace with the growing demands of the principalship.

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