Principal Clinical Practice


The Ohio Board of Regents recently named a Blue Ribbon Panel to explore, redefine and recommend ways Ohio principal preparation programs, especially focusing on clinical components, can better meet the complex issues facing Ohio's schools. The Panel has prepared the recommendation, Principal Preparation Programs: Ensuring High Quality Leadership for Ohio's Schools, to present to the Chancellor.


The Ohio Board of Regents, under the leadership of the Chancellor, will convene a Blue Ribbon Panel to explore and examine best practices in principal and leadership preparation. The purpose is to redefine what we mean by leadership development, and then to recommend ways in which our principal preparation programs can meet higher standards.

Currently, Principal Licensure Programs undergo national review, however, the Ohio Board of Regents would like to augment the national standards and address unique and critical needs in Ohio's schools. House Bill 1 created the opportunity to hold this dialogue with leaders in the field.

By May, 2011, the Blue Ribbon Panel will present a report to the Chancellor that will include recommendations for strengthening Principal Standards, based upon best practices in the field and clinical experiences that align with exemplary practices in residency programs. Additionally, these recommendations will enable future partnership possibilities with the Ohio Department of Education related to principal evaluation strategies.


Becoming a Leader: Preparing Principals for Today's Schools

Wallace Foundation

Coaching and Mentoring Program for School Leaders


Making the Case for Principal Mentoring

The Educational Alliance at Brown University

Schools Can't Wait: Accelerating the Redesign of University Principal Preparation Programs
Southern Regional Education Board

Preparing School Leaders for a Changing World: Lessons from Exemplary Leadership Development Programs – Final Report

Wallace Foundation

Scenes from the School Turnaround Movement
Harvard Education Letter, Volume 26, Number 5, September/October 2010

Ohio Standards for Principals
Ohio Educator Standards Board

Principal Clinical Practice Blue Ribbon Panel MEMBERS


Troy Armstrong
Wauseon Primary School

Dr. Cheryl Atkinson
Lorain City Schools

Kenneth Baker
Associate Executive Director
Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA)

Dr. Bob Beebe
Professor ED Lead
Youngstown State University
Beeghly College of Education

Dr. Belinda Gimbert
Associate Professor, Educational Administration
The Ohio State University
College of Education & Human Ecology

Pamela Greene
Muskingum College

Dr. Linda T. Hardwick
Richmond Heights Local Schools

Dr. Jean Harper
Interim Dean                    
College of Education
Central State University

Paul King
Ohio Department of Education
Center for the Teaching Profession

Dr. Sharon Kruse
Professor and Assistant Chair
The University of Akron            
College of Education

Jeff McClellan
MC2STEM High School in Cleveland

Dr. Ann M. Millacci
Associate Professor
Director, Educational Leadership Program
College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services
University of Cincinnati

Lucy Ozvat
Member Services Director
Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators


Rebecca A. Parker
Sr. Project Manager, Project KNOTtT
The Ohio State University

Mary Peters
Senior Director, Research Services
Battelle for Kids

Dr. A. Will Place
Director of Doctoral Studies & Associate Professor
School of Education and Allied Professions
University of Dayton

Marcy Raymond
Principal in Residence
Ohio STEM Learning Network
Metro Early College High School

Lisa Shoaf
Assistant Professor
Education and Allied Studies
John Carroll University

Michelle Spotts-Hayes
Lorain City Schools

Dr. Ted Zigler
Project Director
Ohio Dominican University

Dr. Judy Zimmerman
Associate Professor and Interim Director
School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy
Bowling Green State University


Ohio Board of Regents Staff:

Melissa Cardenas
Academic Quality Assurance  

Stephanie Davidson
Vice Chancellor
Academic Affairs

Rosemary Herpel
Academic Quality Assurance  

Barbara Byrd-Bennett
Consultant to Blue Ribbon Panel