Eyes on the Prize: System-Wide Goals to Drive Student Success

In the first of a series of research briefs focused on the biggest implementation challenges facing American education today, EDI looks at what data from the field can tell us about education leaders’ capacity to anchor their work in clear student outcome goals. Eyes on the prize: The capacity of education leaders to use system-wide Read more about Eyes on the Prize: System-Wide Goals to Drive Student Success[…]

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A Tale of 2 States: Lessons to Be Learned

The new Every Student Succeeds Act returns to the states much of the authority for directing school improvement that the federal government had assumed in the past 15 years. Some states are ready to roll, but plenty are searching for potential role models. Fortunately, at least two such candidates are easy to find. Earlier this Read more about A Tale of 2 States: Lessons to Be Learned[…]

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7 Things Education Leaders Should Do Right Now

Recently, Tom Vander Ark from Getting Smart published an insightful to-do list for education leaders. Vander Ark states, “Being an education leader is complicated and challenging. The politics are personal and multilayered. It can be the best and worst job in the world at the same time. But there is no role where an individual Read more about 7 Things Education Leaders Should Do Right Now[…]

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Free Instructional Leadership Series from Discovery Education

Discovery Education, a leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, invites superintendents and curriculum leaders to attend a unique new series of professional learning events exploring critical topics in education leadership. This series, which launches on January 28 in Hershey, PA, will explore critical topics in education including equity, personalized learning, Read more about Free Instructional Leadership Series from Discovery Education[…]

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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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Schools Can’t Innovate Until Districts Do

CRPE, based out of the University of Washington, is focused on the complex systemic challenges affecting public education. The organization develops, tests, and supports evidence-based solutions to create new possibilities for the parents, educators, and public officials who strive to improve America’s schools. One of their regular publications, The Lens, addresses tough issues in American Read more about Schools Can’t Innovate Until Districts Do[…]

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Leaders to Learn From

In the first of what will be an annual report on leadership, Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From provides fifteen profiles on forward-thinking education leaders. The importance of effective educational leadership goes almost without saying: Some research suggests leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all the school-related factors that contribute to student learning. Read more about Leaders to Learn From[…]

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New Jersey Board of Education Relaxes Qualifications for Superintendents

New Jersey’s state Board of Education recently voted to relax the requirements for hiring superintendents in its most troubled school districts, opening these jobs to non-educators for the first time.  The new regulations will take effect immediately in the 57 school districts that have schools labeled as “failing” due to low student test scores. Only Read more about New Jersey Board of Education Relaxes Qualifications for Superintendents[…]

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Resources: Successful Leadership for School Turnaround

Public Impact’s School Turnaround website contains many useful resources on developing leaders for School Turnaround efforts. You can download each of the resources described below at http://www.schoolturnarounds.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=4&Itemid=10 Using Competencies to Improve School Turnaround Principal Success This paper, produced for the University of Virginia’s School Turnaround Specialist Program, describes how using competencies that predict performance can Read more about Resources: Successful Leadership for School Turnaround[…]

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