ERIC Number: ED520457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Successful Educational Leadership at High Performing Schools
Wilson, Doris L.
Online Submission, US-China Education Review v8 n3 p393-398 Mar 2011
Successful educational leadership is not a random phenomenon, but an executed success which leaves clues whereby one can discover them. These clues lead to a desired destination--higher student achievement. Essential, non-negotiable elements have been identified. That is, each element has been systemically embedded at schools that have turned from low performing to high performing schools. These six elements/clues have been identified through decades of research and the author's leadership experience as superintendent in both urban and suburban districts. This paper names the actions of successful educational leaders, namely, the site principal, that results in increased student learning and achievement and that can be sustained overtime. These critical elements bring about increased numbers of students who are academically proficient and advanced as defined by the federal NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Act of 2001. Successful educational leaders understand the challenges of change, and they communicate a sense of urgency balanced with patience, persistence and optimism. There are no secrets to successful leadership, and success truly does leave clues. We know what must be done, and we can do the hard work to ensure that every child is successful. Let us share our clues and applaud our successes measured through the lens of students' academic achievement.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Instructional Leadership, Educational Change, Principals, School Effectiveness, High Achievement, Educational Objectives, Goal Orientation, Institutional Mission, Educational Environment, School Safety, Student Evaluation, Interprofessional Relationship, Family School Relationship
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A