In their first couple of years on the job, new principals often describe feeling “lost,” “overwhelmed,” and “shell-shocked.” Much of that is because they are not prepared for the extremely demanding position. Researchers have found that the training principals typically receive in university and district programs “does not do nearly enough to prepare them for their roles as leaders of learning.”

High quality, intentional induction and on-boarding of first-time principals strengthens new principals’ performance and maximizes their retention. This leadership brief identifies 10 effective induction and on-boarding practices based on our review of the research and our experience in the field.

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