The value of the principal in a school has been examined closely and well-articulated over the past 50 years. During that time, there has been a  move, from defining the principal as manager -- the person focused on policies, procedures, and the day-to-day operation of a school -- to viewing the principal as the instructional leader, resulting in a positive impact on school improvement (Hallinger, 2011).

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Looking for impactful holiday reading, or for gift ideas for your favorite educator?  We asked our faculty for titles that they would recommend to aspiring and/or practicing educators in our programs. Here's what they came up with.

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When we ask participants why they choose UVEI, the top answer, consistently, is that they are attracted to “learning by doing.” Experiential learning has been at the heart of UVEI programs since our founding in 1969, and full immersion in practice, working together with colleagues and coaches, remains the core of our approach. As Laurie Greenberg, Assistant Principal at Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School in Vermont and a graduate of the Principal Intern Program, put it, “You are expected to do the real work...” In other words, this is not a drill.

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