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Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement
Mission: Support incubation, sustainability, and sharing of systemic solutions to improve education leadership.
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The Wallace Foundation
Mission: Enable institutions to expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people.  We do this by sharing effective ideas and practices.

Southern Regional Education Board
Mission: SREB's aim is to create leadership programs that prepare aspiring principals and school leadership teams to aggressively lead improvement in curriculum, instruction and student achievement.

Council of Chief State School Officers
Mission: CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy and technical assistance on major educational issues.

Useable Knowledge - Harvard Graduate School of Education
Mission: Provide an online tool for education leaders seeking state of the art information on research, policy, and practice about schools, teaching and learing. 

The Leader In Me School Leadership Program
The Leader in Me is an innovative, school-wide model that increases teacher effectiveness, student engagement, and academic achievement, while preparing students to be leaders in the 21st century.

Educational Leadership

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.

Here you will find a variety of reports and articles focusing on education leadership.  Inclusion here does not indicate Georgia Partnership endorsement.

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)

Knocking Down Barriers - How California superintendents are implementing blended learning
Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation

Even in highly regulated states like California, barriers to blended learning such as staffing requirements can be avoided.  This brief abounds in clever solutions to seemingly intractable problems. (September 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)

Conditions for Success:  Community Pride Sustained District Focus and Teaching Excellence in a Rural Georgia County
Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement

What did school and community leaders do that led to rural school success in third-grade reading? Researchers at GLISI found three conditions in a case study with implications for rural student achievement. This is the second in GLISI's Conditions for Success series. Introduction. (October 2013)

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 storySurvey introduction. (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)

Conditions for Success:  A case study of leadership practice in a rural Georgia school district
Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement

This report finds the leadership of superintendent and other central office leaders in a rural Georgia district paved the way for substantial gains in graduation rates among poor children of color. Press release. (October 2012) 

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)

Successful Principals Speak Out
Mass Insight Education - Turn Around Brief

This brief from Mass Insight Education's School Turnaround Group (STG) provides feedback from a network of leadering pricipals on what they need from their school districts to successfully turn around low-performing schools. (March 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)