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ERIC Number: ED505975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 80
Abstractor: ERIC
The District Leadership Challenge: Empowering Principals to Improve Teaching and Learning
Bottoms, Gene; Fry, Betty
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
Principals can profoundly influence student achievement by leading school change, but they cannot turn schools around by themselves. District leaders need to create working conditions that support and encourage change for improved achievement, rather than hindering principals' abilities to lead change. This report includes principals' perceptions of the working conditions their districts create and outlines key actions districts need to take to empower principals to improve teaching and learning. The report proposes seven specific strategies, including: establishing a clear focus and strategic plan for improving student achievement; organizing and engaging the district office in support of each school; providing instructional coherence and support; investing heavily in instruction-related professional learning for principals; providing high quality data that link student achievement to school and classroom practices; optimizing the use of resources to support learning improvement; and using open credible processes to involve school and community leaders in school improvement. Appendices: (1) The High Schools That Work School Reform Framework; (2) About the SREB Study of High School Principals' Working Conditions; (3) Principal Interview Protocol; and (4) Resources for an Evidence-Based Educational Approach in High Schools. (Contains 2 tables and 44 endnotes.)
Southern Regional Education Board. 592 10th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-5790. Tel: 404-875-9211; Fax: 404-872-1477; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Wallace Foundation
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board