PreK-3rd: Principals as Crucial Instructional Leaders

April 1, 2011


Sara Mead
This brief looks at what principals can do to build high-quality PreK-3rd grade experiences for young children and how policymakers can eliminate existing barriers and better support them to do so. The author outlines the need to improve existing principal preparation programs; foster strategies that develop effective PreK-3rd grade leaders; and update accountability systems to include incentives for principals to build solid instructional foundations for students in the early elementary school years. 

APA Citation: 

Mead, S. (2011). PreK-3rd: Principals as crucial instructional leaders. New York: Foundation for Child Development.


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