Great Principals at Scale
Over the last decade, research has increasingly suggested what many of us have seen first-hand in schools across our country: principals matter and they have a significant impact on student achievement. In order to ensure all students are prepared for college, careers, and citizenship, we need to ensure there is a great principal in every school.
Working to recruit and develop high quality principals won’t produce the improvements in student achievement our country needs without also establishing effective conditions in which these principals can thrive. Margaret Spellings
In too many instances, however, principals are effective in spite of--rather than because of—district conditions. In isolated cases, super-hero leaders are getting results for students. But if we want to achieve – and sustain – systemic impact, we can’t rely on a super-hero strategy. Instead, we need to provide the tools, supports, and culture that enable well-prepared principals to lead significant improvements in student outcomes without having to go to unrealistically heroic lengths.
The Alliance to Reform Education Leadership and this publication would not be possible without generous support of AT&T Foundation, Bass Foundation, CME Group Foundation, Rainwater Charitable Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, The Morris Foundation, and The Prudential Foundation.
June 9, 2014
Great Principals at Scale: Creating District Conditions that Enable All Principals to Be Effective
In order to ensure that students are prepared for their next step, every school needs a great principa. In too many instances, however, principals are effective in spite of--rather than because of—district conditions.
June 9, 2014
Great Principals at Scale [Toolkit]
Designed in conjunction with the Great Principals at Scale: Creating District Conditions that Enable All Principals to be Effective report, the Toolkit provides resources for district leaders who want to improve conditions in their district that will enable all of their well-trained principals to be effective.