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Published in International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation. 3(2).


Educational Theory into Practice Software (ETIPS) is an online case study program in the testbed stage of development intended for use by professors of education administration. The program is being developed by Sara Dexter and Pamela D. Tucker of the University of Virginia and is being tested by various other universities throughout Virginia. As a testbed member, the author will outline the theo-retical framework, elaborating on the advantages of interactive, authentically contextualized online case studies over traditional print scenarios. Emphasis will be given to the outcomes of the program, which are to strengthen candidates' skills in data analysis, problem solving, and collaborative decision making. ETIPS enhances practical leadership skills for those who serve on the front lines. With the rapid growth of online principal preparation programs, this tool clearly represents a change in preparation.

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