ERIC Number: ED464390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Leading School Improvement: What Research Says. A Review of the Literature.
Hoachlander, Gary; Alt, Martha; Beltranena, Renee
The Southern Regional Education Board has embarked on a yearlong study of educational leadership in light of states' new accountability systems and standards. The effort aims to answer questions raised by this changing leadership role: What do we want school leaders to know and be able to do to improve student achievement? How can these qualities be developed and supported? How can leaders adapt school-improvement measures to the circumstances of their particular schools? The search for answers to these questions begins with this literature review. It presents much of the best thinking about practices that promote student achievement and their connection to educational leadership. It shows that there is consensus about what leaders need to know and be able to do to lead schools in which students are successful. Although the literature review highlights promising approaches, it is not an exhaustive study of all leadership areas. Its focus is on secondary programs and the growing body of knowledge about things that work at that level. It serves as a starting point for new ideas about the preparation, development, and credentialing of educational leaders who have the skills needed to improve student achievement, especially at the secondary level. The report suggests that fewer people are seeking jobs as educational leaders. This decline results in simultaneous problems of quality and quantity. (Contains 93 references.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Administrative Organization, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Evaluation, High Schools, Improvement Programs, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Training, Literature Reviews, Mentors, Organizational Development, Professional Development, Public Schools, Student Experience, Student Improvement
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Supported by a grant from the Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds.