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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 2015.  Broken links should be reported here.


Joint Study Committee on the Establishment of a Leadership Academy - Final Recommendations to Gov. Nathan Deal

The committee offered six recommendations based on an instruction focused, collaborative concept of school leadership with five core concepts. (December 20) 

Effective School Leadership Demands On-the-Job Training
Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement

This piece examines the myth of the superhero leader who shows up on day one able to leap over tall buildings in a single bound.  Introduction. (December 4)  

School Leadership - New Challenges and Opportunities
Saporta Report

The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education policy and research director, Dr. Dana Rickman, wrote this piece that underscores the importance of leadership at all levels of the education pipeline. (November 21)

School Leadership Counts
New Teacher Center

School and teacher leaders increase student achievement.  This report shows how. Related story. (October 31)

A Big Push in States for PD, Leadership Skills for Superintendents, Principals
Education Week Market Watch

In 2017, at least 33 states introduced legislation focusing on school and/or district leadership. (October 27)

2017 State Policy Review: School and District Leadership
Education Commission of the States (ECS)

This special report provides context and examples of new legislation impacting preparation, certification, induction, professional development, evaluation, and compensation for leaders of schools and districts. Introduction. (October 17)

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)

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)

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)