To provide practicing and aspiring school leaders with learning and networking opportunities designed to develop their capacity to create schools that work for all children.
Our Guiding Beliefs
The Center’s activities are guided by the belief that all activities should be:
- Developed and led by practitioners
- Provide opportunities for school leaders to support each other
Principals Center Movement
The Principals Center at GSU was established in 1984 under the direction of Dr. Joseph Richardson.
The Principal Center movement began in the late 1970s with the opening of three centers, including one at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. By the mid-eighties, the movement led by Roland Barth of Harvard included over 100 centers across the United States (Ackerman, 1988). These centers were developed out of an evolving belief that principals should participate in the planning of their own professional development.
“These centers are a laboratory that seeks to foster learning, to make visible and available professional craft knowledge, to encourage risk-taking and to develop a culture of collegiality” (Barth 1987).