Publisher(s): Wallace Foundation
Funder(s): Wallace Foundation
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Research Findings to Support Effective Educational Policies: A Guide for Policymakers
Area of Focus: School Reform; Teacher Quality and Leadership; Low-Performing Schools
The report discusses the role of high-quality principals in the successful reform of low-performing school and the steps necessary to prepare and develop principals for effective leadership.
Key Findings and/or Recommendations
=Research shows that a good principal is the single most important determinant of whether a school can attract and keep the high-quality teachers necessary to turn around a school.
=Quality principals can improve teaching and learning in low-performing schools by motivating teachers to create “professional communities” in which teachers give each other help and guidance to improve instructional practices.
=Steps to create effective principals include selective recruitment to indentify teachers with leadership potential, active instruction that integrates theory and practice, and offering supervised internships that provide opportunities for aspiring principals to experience leadership first-hand.
=State and district policies aimed at mentoring new principals should focus on student learning and the links between successful leadership and student performance.
Geographic Focus: National
Subjects/Keywords: School reform; Improving Teacher Performance; Quality Principals; Education; Impact of School Principals; Low-Performing Schools
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