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Academic Leadership Journal

Abstract

Making decisions about how to prepare students and teachers for the 21st century is a complex endeavor, and preparing the leaders of America’s schools – those responsible for leading the some 15,000 school districts, three million public education teachers, and 50 million public education students – is perhaps most complex of all. Educational administrators, like teachers, juggle competing interests and negotiate with multiple stakeholders simultaneously. Generating sustained school change often necessitates implementing policies that are rarely able to account for the varied and potentially competing issues that are situated locally. Therefore, preparing school leaders means providing them with the necessary tools to evaluate the impact of national and state policies as well as plan strategically about how to improve conditions at their schools locally.

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