Exemplary Principal Initiative

  • Principal Initiative At a Glance
  • Established: 2008
  • Reach: 58 Exemplary Principals have been named and have mentored more than 150 Aspiring Principals in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties
  • Grades: K-12
  • Results: Since inception, 56 Aspiring Principals mentored by Exemplary Principals have accepted roles as principals in Arizona schools

Rodel, in partnership with Social Venture Partners Arizona, developed the Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative to recognize outstanding school principals and populate a pipeline of highly skilled school leaders for Arizona’s most challenging schools.

The Rodel Exemplary Principals are selected for their demonstrated ability to lead high-need schools to success by inspiring their staffs to develop a campus that is high achieving, safe, orderly and welcoming. Each cohort of Exemplary Principals provides professional development, field experience and mentorship to a class of Rodel Aspiring Principals. After learning from the best, Rodel Aspiring Principals are better prepared to lead their own high-need schools.

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Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative – Frequently Asked Questions

Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative – Fact Sheet

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If a school is a vibrant, innovative, child-centered place,
if it has a reputation for excellence in teaching,
if students are performing to the best of their abilities,
one can almost always point to the principal’s leadership as the key to success.

U.S. Senate Committee Report on Equal Educational Opportunity