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Welcome to ECS Leadership Links, a bimonthly e-mail publication with links to key information on education leadership.

KENTUCKY Governor Ernie Fletcher has signed a measure calling for a comprehensive redesign of preparation, certification and professional development programs for principals, assistant principals and superintendents.

In COLORADO, a bill was vetoed by Governor Bill Owens which would have required anyone who wants to become a public school principal to have earned a master's degree and spent at least three years as a classroom teacher.

S.B. 468 in GEORGIA awaits the governor's signature. It would fund a grant program in the state that provides a $15,000 stipend to attract high-performing principals to underperforming schools.

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Successful School Leadership: A View from the Classroom is an effort to ensure that the teacher's voice is an integral part of the conversation on how best to restructure educational practices and policies to provide MEANINGFUL AND SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP in New York City public schools.

Breaking Ranks in the Middle: Strategies for Leading Middle Level Reform is the latest report from the National Association of School Principals, which calls on middle school leadership and professional learning communities to play lead roles in MIDDLE SCHOOL REFORM. The report highlights nine key strategies for implementing middle school reform and discusses ways in which school leaders can use these strategies in their schools.

While most urban school districts face rapid turnover in leadership and limited results, BOSTON has won national attention for its stability and success. A new study, Strong Foundation, Evolving Challenges: A Case Study to Support Leadership Transition in the Boston Public Schools, examines Boston's accomplishments and challenges and provides lessons for other large urban school district leaders.

In recent years, school reform efforts have focused on the content of the American education system rather than the context of the learning experience. The creative and vibrant intellectual environments that we once fostered are becoming a thing of the past. The Power to Transform: Leadership That Brings Learning & Schooling to Life argues that we need to focus on the CONTEXT and CONDITIONS in which students learn. This book points to the local and nationwide school system leaders who have the power to change this focus.

This series of three briefs summarizes findings from the School Leadership Learning Community (SLLC) network. SLLC represents the first 24 grantees across the country, funded by the Department of Education, to support an array of TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES for principals, assistant principals and aspiring principals.

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Conversations on Education Leadership: With Phillip Schlechty
Read the ECS inverview with Dr. Phillip Schlechty, chief executive officer of the Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform.

Conversations on Education Leadership: With Michelle Young
Read the ECS interview with Michelle Young from the University Council for Education Administration (UCEA). UCEA's mission is to improve the preparation of educational leaders and promote the development of professional knowledge in instructional leadership, school improvement and administration.

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The Broad Superintendents Academy seeks leaders from business, the military, government, education and nonprofit organizations to serve in URBAN SCHOOL DISTRICTS. The Academy provides the training and placement necessary to allow these CEOs and senior executives to have an immediate impact in these high need school districts.

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