Think the principal who studied at the University of Washington’s Danforth Educational Leadership Program isn’t up to par?
Well, starting this year, graduates of the one-year program come with a guarantee.
If superintendents who hire a Danforth grad aren’t 100 percent satisfied, the program will provide coaching and other training at no cost to the school district.
Danforth officials are calling it the Costco/REI/Nordstrom approach and believe it is the first of its kind in higher education.
The guarantee is based on the graduate’s skill in six areas, which the program describes as: “Shaping and attaining a vision, improving instructional quality through collaborative professional practice, engaging families and communities, marshaling resources, navigating system-wide data use, and creating systems of accountability and support.”
Those are the main skills the program teaches aspiring prinicipals and other school administrators through coursework and fieldwork.
The program is starting slow, guaranteeing just one area at a time. This year’s focus: Improving instructional quality.