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ERIC Number: ED508309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
What States and Districts Can Do--Together--to Improve School Leadership. Knowledge in Brief: Findings You Can Use from New Wallace Research
Wallace Foundation
Buttressed by strong evidence that quality leadership is a virtual necessity for turning around troubled schools, states and districts around the country have been paying more attention in recent years to the need for better school leadership. Many have adopted a range of new policies and practices aimed at dramatically improving the preparation of principals and the conditions they confront each day. A key lesson--and a promising new approach--have emerged from these collective efforts. States and districts have recently taken a range of steps to better prepare and support principals capable of turning around failing schools. A new RAND report examines efforts by ten states and 17 districts funded by The Wallace Foundation to develop "cohesive leadership systems" whose goal is to create well-aligned state-district policies to ensure that principals have the training and conditions they need to improve teaching and learning in their schools. Among the findings: achieving and sustaining such state-district policy cohesion is difficult. But where progress has been greatest, principals say they feel better able to devote more time to improving instruction and more empowered to control resources. (Contains 2 footnotes.) ["Improving School Leadership: The Promise of Cohesive Leadership Systems" (ED508313) by Catherine H. Augustine, Gabriella Gonzalez, Gina Ikemoto, Jennifer Russell, Gail Zellman, Louay Constant, Jane Armstrong and Jacob W. Dembosky, (2009), was produced by RAND Education, a unit of the RAND Corporation. The research, conducted over two years, was commissioned by The Wallace Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wallace Foundation