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Here you will find information that looks at the all important issue of educational leadership in our schools. Posting here does not imply Georgia Partnership endorsement. Entries go back to 2012.  Broken links should be reported here.


State Policy Leadership for the Future:  History of state coordination and governance and alternatives for the future
ECS Policy Report

This report from Education Commission of the States and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems highlights how states constantly revisit governance arrangements to support student success and state goals. Introduction. More. (May 17)

Starting With Why:  How District Leaders Drive Change
Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI)

How did leaders in a rural school district in middle Georgia consistently improve math outcomes for traditionally underperforming students? That is the driving question of GLISI’s third report in its Conditions for Success case study series. Introduction. (April 12)
Leadership Turnover: 2015 Year of Significant Change in State Education Leadership

This report details the changes that took place across the country in 2015 and early 2016 in four key state leadership roles: Governor, State Boards of Education, Chief (leader of the K–12 system), and State Higher Education Executive Officer. Introduction. (February 2016) 


4 Smart Strategies to Retain Public School Principals
eSchool News

More than 40 percent of surveyed Chicago public school principals plan to leave their positions in the next 3 years, and 25 percent said they plan to leave within the next year–data suggesting that the city is losing its principals too soon, before they can effect change in their schools. (November 2015)

Developing Excellent School Principals to Advance Teaching and Learning: Considerations for State Policy
Wallace Foundation

School principals are “invaluable multipliers of teaching and learning in the nation’s schools but to date it’s been unclear what state policymakers could do to boost their effectiveness. This report aims to fill that gap by offering guidance in the form of three sets of considerations. Related story. More information. (October 2015)

Why do more than half of principals quit after five years?
Hechinger Report/Christian Science Monitor

These two publications decided to follow a principal through her inaugural year at a struggling urban school to find out how hard the job really is, how it’s changed, and what this reveals about the state of American education. (September 2015)

Churn: The High Cost of Principal Turnover
School Leaders Network

Twenty five thousand (one quarter of the country’s principals) leave their schools each year, leaving millions of children’s lives adversely affected. Fifty percent of new principals quit during their third year in the role. Related story. (September 2015)

Videos showcase the 5 keys to being a good principal
eSchool News

WNET has launched School Leadership in Action: Principal Profiles, a free collection of videos that bring to life the five key practices of exemplary principals. The collection is available on PBS LearningMedia and The Wallace Foundation websites. (April 2015)

Ed Week recognizes 16 visionary leaders, including a Georgia school chief.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Education Week recognized Murray County Schools’ Superintendent Vickie Reed as one of its 2015 Leaders to Learn From.  The magazine looked at hundreds of nominations, and chose 16 “forward-thinking leaders based on how they have enacted and inspired change in our nation’s public schools.” (February 2015)


Leaders to Learn From 2015: A Sneak Peek
Education Week

Each year, Education Week shines a spotlight on some of the nation’s most outstanding school district leaders in its Leaders To Learn From special report. For our 2015 report, we are excited to unveil four of our honorees early. (December 2014)

Leadership That Takes the Whole Child into Account
Education Post

If you have questions about the power of superintendents to make a big difference in high-poverty school districts, Tiffany Anderson can answer them. (December 2014)

4 strategies to build strong teacher leadership
eSchool News

School leaders take on many forms, including students, support staff, and teachers. Building strong teacher leaders helps support a positive and high-achieving school culture. (November 2014)

Leading from the Front of the Classroom - A Roadmap to Teacher Leadership that Works
Aspen Institute

Teacher leadership is emerging as a key strategy to increase retention of effective teachers and distribute responsibility for improving instruction, but it must be designed and implemented strategically to meet these goals. Introduction. (October 2014)

Six key competencies for effective Pre-K-3 principals
eSchool News

Providing personalized learning environments and ensuring developmentally-appropriate teaching are just two of six competencies principals need to support teaching and learning during the transition from birth and preschool to grades K-3. (October 2014)

Closing the Leadership Gap:  How Educators Can Help Girls Lead

Written for educators and women's rights advocates, this report presents the findings of a survey on girls and women in leadership. Related story. Introduction. (October 2014)

Lacking Leaders:  The Challenges of Principal Recruitment, Selection and Placement
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

A school’s leader matters enormously to its success and that of its students and teachers. But how well are U.S. districts identifying, recruiting, selecting, and placing the best possible candidates in principals’ offices? Related story. (June 2014)

What makes a great school leader?

The three qualities I find most indicative of a great school leader are visionary leadership, community builder, and emotional intelligence. (June 2014)

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
Principal Leadership

This looks at the importance of school culture and asks how can school leaders build a positive environment when faced with endless initiatives and limited budgets.  It was written by Eric Parker, principal of Snellville High School and a 2013-2014 Georgia Partnership Education Policy Fellowship Program Fellow. (Posted April 2014, published in February edition)

Here's why great principals matter
eSchool News

Strong leadership is essential to any school’s success, and school principals play a vital role in ensuring teachers and students are successful in the classroom. (April 2014)

Does School Board Leadership Matter?
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

According to this analysis, school board governance can mean the difference between higher or lower student achievement. Introduction to the report. (March 2014)

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
Principal Leadership

2014 Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) class member Eric Parker, principal of Shilo High School in Snellville, penned this piece.  The article takes a look at the all important subject of school culture.  Eric asks the question, How can school leaders build a positive culture when facing endless initiatives and limited budgets? (February 2014)


Common Core Implementation Part of Principals' Evolving Role
Education Week

One of the most critical roles in education today is that of the principal.  With the implementation of the Common Core and a host of other new state and federal accountability laws and other policies, the position of principal has evolved into much more than an effective building leader. (August 2013)

Common Core leadership principles
Smart Blog on Education

Borne from 30 years of projects, passions, and uncomfortable conversations:  1.Become ambidextrous. Learn to dribble with both hands. Go to your right as easily as you can to your left. Like basketball, a versatile leader is far more effective than a one dimensional one. (July 2013)

The Complex Role of an Effective Principal
Rennie Center Education Research and Policy

Because principals oversee all elements of school operations, from budget management to student discipline to staff development, they often are primary drivers of high-functioning schools. This model for school leadership does not come without costs, however. (May 2013)

Survey of the American Teacher - Challenges for School Leadership

Job satisfaction among principals and teachers has decreased in the past five years, with teacher satisfaction reaching its lowest levels in 25 years (ECS). Related story. (February 2013) 

Operating in the Dark:  What Outdated State Policies and Data Gaps Mean for Effective School Leadership - Principal Policy State Survey
George W. Bush Institute

This survey was done with the intention of creating one central repository of information on state policies impacting principal preparation and licensure.  Related story. (February 2013)

Leaders to Learn From
Education Week

In the first of what will be an annual report, this spotlights 16 district-level leaders from across the country who seized on creative but practical approaches to improving their school systems and put those ideas to work. (February 2013)


Rethinking Principal Evaluation
National  Associations of Elementary and Secondary School Principals

This report is a set of policy recommendations and practical guidelines designed to help states and districts to adopt a new paradigm including the institution of multiple and meaningful measurement systems of principal and assistant principal effectiveness. Related story. (September 2012)

The Ripple Effect - A Syntheses of Research on Principal Influence to Inform Performance Evaluation Design
American Institutes for Research

This brief draws upon research literature on principal effectiveness and policy documents created by scholars and national organizations concerned with principal professional practice and its effects. Relating story. (May 2012)

Superintendent Award Winners Discuss Their Success
eSchool News

Several superintendents from across the country were recently honored as  strong educational leaders.  Interviews with each highlight their successes and offer many leadership best practices. (April 2012)

Estimating the Effect of Leaders on Public Sector Productivity: The Case of School Principals
National Bureau of Economic Research

Using data on 7,429 principals from the Texas Schools Project at the University of Texas, Dallas, researchers set out to determine what characterizes the most effective school leaders, and how much of their school's success can be attributed to them (Fee for this report). Relating story. (March 2012)