For $42 Per Pupil Districts Can Build Principal Pipelines and Get Better School Leaders

Kevin Mahnken of The 74 recently reported on a new RAND report that demonstrates how districts can build effective principal pipelines for very little cost. Excerpts of his piece appear below: Excellent principals don’t have to be a luxury reserved for affluent communities, according to new research from the RAND Corporation. The report examines a Read more about For $42 Per Pupil Districts Can Build Principal Pipelines and Get Better School Leaders[…]

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The Educator Pipeline: Turnover, Fewer Applicants Will Impact Student Achievement

Concerned about retention and recruitment of teachers, principals, and administrators, Learning First Alliance member organizations are looking to build stronger pipelines and supports for these critical roles in student learning. The Educator Pipeline discusses the challenges each profession faces, and why this issue is key to our nation’s economic future.   The report explores the Read more about The Educator Pipeline: Turnover, Fewer Applicants Will Impact Student Achievement[…]

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Stopping the Churn in the Principal’s Office

Matthew Clifford and Eva Chiang in Real Clear Education write about the constant churn of principals in our nation’s schools, which they claim has reached epidemic proportions. To stop the churn, they recommend five things that districts can do this school year to hire, retain, and develop their principals: Hire for Now and the Future. Read more about Stopping the Churn in the Principal’s Office[…]

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New Videos Feature Innovative Efforts to Build Strong Principal Pipelines

The Wallace Foundation has released seven short videos featuring six school district superintendents talking about key innovations to emerge from a major national initiative to develop larger numbers of highly effective principals – and one video that offers advice to other superintendents who might want to build their own strong principal pipelines. The two-minute videos Read more about New Videos Feature Innovative Efforts to Build Strong Principal Pipelines[…]

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Reducing the Principal Turnover Rate

Over the years, various research studies have suggested that teachers have the greatest school-based effect on student achievement. In recent years, however, the crucial role of principals has also been made clearer by research. So, how does principal turnover harm students? The turnover rate for principals is higher than nearly any other white-collar profession, with Read more about Reducing the Principal Turnover Rate[…]

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How satisfied are educators with their jobs?

According to a MetLife survey, educators’ levels of satisfaction have dropped appreciably in recent years, but others see the change as a result of poor surveying techniques. “According to the survey, principal and teacher job satisfaction is declining. The responsibilities school leaders face have become increasing complex, and the biggest challenges leaders face are beyond Read more about How satisfied are educators with their jobs?[…]

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Great People over Great Models

Mario Marino of Venture Philanthropy Partners recently blogged on the importance of great people for the success of any education reform. Although his audience consists mostly of nonprofits and philanthropies, his reflections are appropriate for anyone working in the education sector. Marino writes: I’d be the last to discourage innovation, but our problem is not Read more about Great People over Great Models[…]

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School Principal Turnover Bodes Ill for Schools

RAND Corp. released a study last month looking at the effect principal turnover rates have on school performance.  About 20% of principals new to a school leave within two years, “leaving behind a school that generally continues on a downward academic slide after their departure.”  The report was prepared for New Leaders, a nonprofit group Read more about School Principal Turnover Bodes Ill for Schools[…]

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