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This Toolkit is intended to provoke dialogue among those who aspire to take on one of the most challenging jobs in schools: the principalship. The video clips come from footage shot during the filming of a series that documented the experience of educators enrolled in a principal preparation program. These are real people, struggling with real issues as they prepare to become leaders of schools. Designed primarily for use by faculty in graduate schools of education in classes on educational administration, these materials also have much to add in other professional development venues. The focus of the Toolkit is on principals, but the issues addressed belong to all who believe there is a connection between effective leadership and improved student achievement, and to all who seek to play a role in making those connections.

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New York Voices: A Year of Change: Leadership in the Principal's Office is Thirteen/WNET New York's ground-breaking documentary series chronicling key moments of the New York City Department of Education's Leadership Academy, an innovative and rigorous 15-month training program to teach aspiring principals what it takes to be an effective school leader. A new 60-minute DVD follows three of these aspiring principals through the training program and into their first weeks as principal. Thirteen's crew got unprecedented access to the New York City Leadership Academy to capture this story and the challenging conditions that face those leading America's schools. For information on ordering the DVD ($35) for use in conjunction with this Toolkit, call 1.800.336.1917.

A major American cultural and educational institution since 1962, Thirteen/WNET New York supplies more than one-third of all primetime programs aired on PBS, including acclaimed cultural, science, and public affairs series and specials. Thirteen is also a pre-eminent source of Web-based educational content and workshops, providing courses that have reached thousands of teachers, teachers-in-training, administrators, and others involved in pre-K-12 instruction. Thirteen's award-winning Web site features online companion pieces to national series and original online content to complement Thirteen's educational initiatives.

Executive Producer - Brigitte Magar Matsuoka
Senior Producer - Sandy Goldberg
Technical Producer - Mikki Monkolchayut
Video Producer - Peter Tierney
Art Director - Sabina Daley
Designer - Wei Xiang Gu
Production Artists - Ruiyan Xu, Larry Voigtsberger
Project Coordinator - Lina Zhou
Production Assistants - Sehem Hazin, Maria Janelli, David Kaufman

Vice President and Director of Education: - Ronald Thorpe

From the New York City Leadership Academy:
Alexandra Anormaliza, 2003-2004 Aspiring Principal
Rafaela Espinal-Pacheco, 2003-2004 Aspiring Principal
Joel I. Klein, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Neal Opromalla, Principal, PS 205, Brooklyn, New York
Dr. Sandra J. Stein, Academic Dean, New York City Leadership Academy
Larry Wilson, 2003-2004 Aspiring Principal

Inside Leadership is a production of Thirteen/ WNET's Educational Technologies department, producers of Ed Online, the award-winning online resource for educators.

The Wallace Foundation is an independent, national private foundation established by DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, the founders of The Reader's Digest Association. Its mission is to enable institutions to expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people. It does this by supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices. To achieve this mission, The Wallace Foundation has three objectives:
  • Strengthen education leadership to improve student achievement
  • Improve after-school learning opportunities
  • Expand participation in arts and culture.
For more information and research on education leadership, please visit http://www.wallacefoundation.org.

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