Principals as Transformation Leaders: High-Quality Preservice Preparation

Thursday, November 30, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

Today’s effective principal preparation programs are integrating clinical practice with high-quality curriculum that addresses what principals need to know and do. This webinar, the fourth in a series supported by The Wallace Foundation, will discuss how preparation programs are growing and changing to meet the needs of principals in today’s schools.

This free webinar will include time for Q&A. It will also be recorded and archived for future reference. View the recordings of previous webinars in this series here.


Tena Versland, Assistant Professor and Program Leader, Educational Leadership, Montana State University

Versland teaches various courses for principal preparation at Montana State University, including K-12 Instructional Leadership, Supervision of Instruction, and Data and School Improvement. Prior to coming to Montana State in 2012, Tena enjoyed a 30-year career serving rural schools in Montana, 7 years as a K-12 music teacher, 3 years as a high school assistant principal, and 20 years as principal of one of the state’s highest achieving middle schools.

Rebecca L. Nelson, Dean, School of Education, North Park University, Chicago, Illinois

As education dean at North Park University in Chicago, Rebecca Nelson oversees programs that lead to licensure for teachers and principals as well as endorsement programs in ESL, bilingual, and special education. Nelson also serves on the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and is president-elect of the Illinois Association for Colleges of Teacher Education, the state chapter of AACTE. Prior to entering higher education, Nelson was a classroom teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools.

Michelle Young, Executive Director, UCEA

Michelle Young leads the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and is also a professor of educational leadership at the University of Virginia. UCEA is an international consortium of research institutions with master’s and doctoral-level programs in educational leadership and administration. As executive director of UCEA, Young works with universities, practitioners, professional organizations, and state and national leaders to improve the preparation and practice of school and school system leaders and to develop a dynamic base of knowledge on excellence in educational leadership.
She also serves on a number of national policy and academic boards, including the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA).


Wendy Fothergill, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Principal Licensure, Colorado State University

Donna Cooner, Professor, Colorado State University


Location: Webinar