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Here you will find information that looks at the all important issue of education leadership in our schools. Posting here does not imply Georgia Partnership endorsement. Entries go back to 2014.  Broken links should be reported here.


Want to fix schools? Go to the principal's office
New York Times

Gregory Jones, the principal of Kenwood high school, has learned that when spring finally arrives in Chicago, trouble often arrives with it. He saw it happen again on a warm afternoon last May, when students were lingering outside the school, on the city’s South Side, and a fight broke out. (March 10)

What Research Studies and State Polices Address Incentives to Recruit and Retain Effective Principals?
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

During November 2016, legislators from Alabama and North Carolina asked SREB to share research studies and state policies that address incentives to recruit and retain effective principals. This briefing summarizes five research studies that provide guidance on how to design principal incentive strategies and construct measures to rate administrator performance. (February 20)


Identifying Team Leaders: Getting the Right People in the Right Positions
GLISI - Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement

Most new principals learn quickly that their new job is simply too big for one person. While the principal’s role is taking on ever-increasing complexity, research is clear that instruction and student learning improve most when leadership is distributed effectively throughout a school, beyond formal, titled leaders. Introduction. (November 10)

Principals' Time. Tasks, and Professional Development: An Analysis of Schools and Staffing Survey Data
Institute of Education Sciences/U.S. DOE

This study shows that principals regularly clock more than a standard, full-time workload every week. On average, principals work nearly 60 hours a week, with leaders of high-poverty schools racking up even more time. Related story. (November 10)

A New Philosophy on Education Decision-Making
Learning First Alliance

A collaborative leadership model is critical when it comes to bolstering school policy and helping students meet college and career readiness goals. Related story. (November 3) 

Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby - for Leaders from 8 to 8
Ann McMullan (Book)

Leaders aren’t just principals, CEOs, and presidents, a new book asserts, but rather people from all walks of life benefit from leadership skills and training. Related article. (September 23)

Why Educators Should Be Paying Close Attention to Pharr, Texas
The Urban Edge

Pharr — a Texas border city with a population of 73,000 — sits so close to Mexico that it’s connected to the country via a bridge. Like many of its neighboring cities along the Texas border, Pharr is home to a large population of immigrants and struggles with high poverty and low educational attainment levels. And yet, it’s also home to one of the most successful superintendents in the country. (July 5)

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. (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. (February 2015)


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)

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)