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The need to restructure administration preparation programs has led Miami’s Department of Educational Leadership to reorient its leadership program around problems of practice. The program recognizes that school administration must change to reflect the more collaborative organizational structure of schools. In a participatory structure, problems are solved in teams where members collaborate and share their experiences and specialized knowledge. Successful teamwork demands a particular set of skills, which need to be learned and practiced. Academic study must include an emphasis on the “craftlike” nature of administration by recognizing the clinical dimension of professional practice and by examining theory as it occurs in administrative practice.