Collaborative principal preparation cohorts: The perception of graduates from two similar graduate programs in two adjoining states

Henry Russell, Sandy Hutchinson, J. Kirk Webster, Paul Haxton, Cheryl Evans, Doug Thomas, Jim Machell


This study looks at the creation and development of cohort models in principal preparation programs at two midwestern universities.  The similarities and differences of these models are reviewed as well as the opportunities and challenges their graduates face as they serve in administrative positions and reflect on their cohort experience in preparing them for these experiences.


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