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Improving the Future of Principal Training

This is a series of articles profiling the University of Connecticut’s efforts to strengthen its principal training program. The university is one of seven institutions participating in The Wallace Foundation's University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI), which seeks to help improve training of future principals so they are better prepared to ensure quality instruction and schools. 

The University of Connecticut's Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) is committed to developing and preparing transformational school leaders with the competence and disposition to effect school policies and practices that realize equitable achievement, participation, service, and support outcomes for every student.

Changing Principal Preparation to Help Meet School Needs

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A University of Connecticut director describes his program’s attempts to improve principal training and equip new administrators to lead today’s schools. More...

Taking Principal Training to the Real World

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The University of Connecticut strengthens supports to help aspiring principals navigate new roles. More...

It Takes a Village to Train an Effective Principal

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Close partnerships with school districts and the state help the University of Connecticut strengthen principal training. More...

Weaving Equity into the Fabric of Principal Training

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In its redesigned principal prep program, UConn is working to prepare leaders who will help ensure equity in education. More...

A Road to More Effective Principals Begins in One University’s Classrooms

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A University of Connecticut professor describes how one principal preparation program is redesigning its curriculum to begin improving principal training. More...

Embracing the Unknown in New Approaches to Principal Preparation

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University of Connecticut faculty members reflect on adaptations they made to strengthen their principal preparation program. More...

Learning to Navigate the Uncertainties of School Leadership

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Four aspiring principals at the University of Connecticut get a glimpse of the work that lies ahead. More...

U.S. Secretary of Education Announces Recipients for Outstanding School Leadership

Congratulations to UCAPP alumnus, Daniel Crispino who will be honored on Nov. 14, 2019 in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a recipient of the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership.  Crispino is one of ten principals to receive this prestigious award, for the 2019 cohort.

Educational Leadership Alumni Forum Photos, 2019

The Neag School of Education hosted the 5th annual Educational Leadership Forum on Oct. 22, 2019 at the Darien Community Association in Hartford, Conn. This year’s event, included a networking reception with colleagues, students, and faculty from the UConn Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) and Executive Leadership Program (ELP). The event featured a panel discussion focused on recruiting and supporting the next generation of leaders in education and featured UCAPP alumnus Jonathan Budd ’03 6th Year who was recognized for his outstanding portfolio of work. The program included Alan Addley ’08 ELP, ’14 Ed.D., Darien Public Schools Superintendent; Robert Villanova, Executive Leadership Program Director; Miguel Cardona ’01 MA, ’04 6th Year, ’11 EdD, ’12 ELP, Connecticut State Commissioner of Education; Tamu Lucero, Stamford Public Schools Superintendent; and Chip Dumais ’09 ELP, Cooperative Educational Services Executive Director. View the photo album.