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Strong Leaders, Strong Achievement: Model Policy for Producing the Leaders to Drive Student Success PDF - A good deal of research in the area of leadership has helped to generate broad agreement on what constitutes a comprehensive leadership program or policy. Positive measures such as the Educational Leadership Policy Standards (Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, or ISLLC) have helped inform the development and improvement of many leadership programs and policies. The risk, however, is that in implementing a "comprehensive" set of standards or requirements, those elements noted by research as most critical to improving achievement can simply become another box on a check-off list. The purpose of this brief is to help reduce that risk by focusing on those factors most closely linked to student success. (Kathy Christie, Barbara Thompson and Gary Whiteley, Education Commission of the States, January 2009)...

Excellent Educators for Each and Every Child: A Policy Roadmap for Transforming the Teaching and Principal Professions - A coalition of more than 100 civil rights and education organizations lobbied Congress in the fall of 2014 to address the necessity of getting capable teachers into under-served schools. Their plans for training programs are aimed at ensuring just-hired teachers and principals are ready for work and they encourage hiring from local communities. Required steps include a teaching residency under an experienced teacher and passing a performance assessment. (Coalition for Teaching Quality, October 2014)...

Principal Preparation Matters: How Leadership Development Affects Student Achievement - An alternative route to sources of principal candidates, New Leaders has prepared 667 new principals from 2000 to January 2014. An evaluation of the program indicates principals can positively affect student achievement, and New Leaders showed a positive impact. However, effects varied considerably across the program’s districts. (Rand Education)...

Gateways to the Principalship: State Power to Improve the Quality of School leaders - In this report the authors analyze state policies and requirements for principal preparation approval and certification in a sample of 16 states. The authors contrast eight of the featured states that are "lagging" with eight which are "leading in their efforts to act as gatekeepers to ensure that schools are led by effective leaders. (Gretchen Rhines Cheney and Jacquelyn Davis, Center for American Progress, October 2011)...

A New Approach to Principal Preparation: Innovative Programs Share Their Practices and Lessons Learned - This Rainwater Leadership Alliance (RLA) report provides a vision for making principal preparation programs more systematic and rigorous, offering a new path forward using illustrations of RLA approaches. The goal is to help principal preparation program architects—including districts, states, institutions of higher education and nonprofits—learn from the collective work and thinking of the RLA members. (Rainwater Leadership Alliance, November 2010)...

Districts Developing Leaders: Lessons on Consumer Actions and Program Approaches from Eight Urban Districts - Many candidates for principal in urban schools had not been provided with the skills and experience needed to improve teaching and learning. This study, commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, explores the investments of eight urban school districts in school leadership preparation, with a specific focus on the different approaches that they took, the role local universities played, and the perceptions of district officials about program effectiveness based on graduates' performance as new school leaders. (Education Development Center, October 2010)...

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