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Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2008
A coalition of education groups came together in the mid-1990s to draft model standards for school leaders that would refocus the profession on student learning. Since then, the resulting Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium standards have been used or adapted by more than 40 states to guide their own preparation, licensure, and…
Descriptors: Standards, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Superintendents
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2008
Most school districts wait for leadership talent to emerge by posting job openings and then seeing who applies. Some districts and charter-management organizations are starting to take a more active role in identifying and supporting future principals earlier in their careers. This more systematic approach to leadership development, known as…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Leadership, School Districts, Recruitment
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2008
Starting next month, 300 schools nationwide will take part in a field test of a new way to gauge principals' effectiveness. Known as VAL-ED, for the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education, the tool has been developed by a team of leadership and testing experts at Vanderbilt University and the University of Pennsylvania to measure…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Effectiveness, Field Tests, Administrator Evaluation
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2008
When Jerry D. Weast became the superintendent of the Montgomery County, Maryland, public schools in 1999, he spent the summer poring over student-achievement results and demographic trends. Then he created a map to illustrate what he'd found. The map divided the suburban district, just outside the nation's capital, into two distinct areas, which…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Academic Achievement, Counties, Immigrants
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2007
It is widely accepted that principals are vital to school success, but few studies have closely examined how to train effective school leaders. Now, a report has identified the common features of exemplary programs for preparing principals who can guide instruction and foster school improvement. The study examined eight programs, chosen on the…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Management Development, Program Effectiveness
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2007
After a period of top-down control under the mayor, the New York City system is freeing schools to run their own affairs--and holding them accountable for results. This fall, for the first time, each of the district's 1,456 public schools gained unprecedented control over budgetary and instructional decisions that previously resided with the…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Change, Public Education, Educational Administration
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2007
This article reports on Ontario's way of school improvement which focuses less on test-score results and more on engaging teachers and principals. Like the United States, the Canadian province of Ontario has committed itself to reaching key numeric targets: at least 75 percent of 6th graders able to read, write, and do mathematics at the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, State Government
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2007
For decades, preservice training for principals looked something like this: While working as teachers, they took occasional courses at an education school on such topics as school finance, law, and educational theory. After a few years, they completed a culminating field assignment, which might have involved shadowing their own principals. Then…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Field Experience Programs, Principals, Administrator Education
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2007
An $11 million executive-training course for principals, modeled after best practices used in the corporate, medical, engineering, and military worlds, is starting to gain traction among states. Developed by the National Institute for School Leadership, or NISL, a for-profit company based in Washington, the program is now used widely in…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Action Research, Instructional Leadership, Principals
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2007
This article features Long Beach Unified School District, the 2003 winner of a prestigious prize in urban education. The district of more than 90,000 students is the first winner of the award to return to the competition as a finalist. Its reappearance on the list after earning the prize in 2003 raises interesting questions about how districts…
Descriptors: School Districts, Urban Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Change
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2007
When Arthur Levine, then the president of Teachers College at Columbia University, wrote a scathing report in 2005 on the preparation of American school leaders, the one institution he singled out as a "promising model" was not even in the United States. This article describes England's National College for School Leadership. Created by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Leadership, Schools of Education, National Standards
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2007
The spotlight that has been focused on ways of measuring and rewarding teacher effectiveness may now be turning to school principals. The Center for American Progress released a report this week on reforming principal compensation, while the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) published guidelines for evaluating effective…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Principals, Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Evaluation
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2007
When Erik G. Brown launched his teaching career at the Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto, California, four years ago, he was not alone. Seventy-five percent of the teachers in the 400-student middle school were new to the district, and two-thirds of those were new to the field. The school had gone through six principals in six years, and its…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Urban Schools, School Districts, Teacher Persistence
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2007
This article discusses teachers' use of hand-held computers in a rural New Mexico district to assess student's reading progress. With the help of a federal Reading First grant, the district began using the DIBELS assessments across its elementary schools along with the mCLASS: DIBELS assessment and reporting system. The district's experience helps…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Student Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Elementary School Students
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2007
This article features FAST-R, or Formative Assessments of Student Thinking in Reading, a new assessment tool that measures critical-reading skills. FAST-R was developed by the the nonprofit Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE), a local education foundation, to provide teachers with information about what students are thinking when they try to find…
Descriptors: Inferences, Reading Skills, Testing Programs, Formative Evaluation
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