The Changing Role of School Leaders

Among all in-school factors that impact student learning, teachers carry the most weight — but school leaders are not far behind. Decades of research have proven the positive influence principals can have on student achievement, school climate and teaching quality.

New evidence suggests that their impact may be even greater than previously thought, as principals continue to assume the roles of instructional and change leaders.? 

A new Policy Snapshot from ECS identifies two major themes in state legislation introduced between 2017 and 2020 concerning the development of, and support for, school leaders:  

  • Pre-service training and induction programs that prepare leaders for the job.
  • In-service professional development training that supports student needs and success. 

Based on a review of legislative activities concerning the preparation, induction, mentoring, and professional development of school leaders, at least 34 bills were enacted in 19 states between 2017 and 2020.

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