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Learning-Focused Leadership and Leadership Support: Meaning and Practice in Urban Systems

August 31, 2010

Synthesizes three reports on what good education leadership means and how it can best be supported, including the role of the school leader and the transformation of central district offices to focus more on improving instruction. Outlines key practices.

How Leaders Invest Staffing Resources for Learning Improvement

October 12, 2009

Analyzes staffing challenges that guide school leaders' resource decisions in the context of a learning improvement agenda, staff resource investment strategies that improve learning outcomes equitably, and ways to win support for differential investment.

Leadership for Learning Improvement in Urban Schools

October 12, 2009

Examines urban school leaders' efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning by supporting progress for diverse students, sharing leadership work, and aligning resources. Analyzes school environments and coordination of various leadership roles.

Out of the Office and into the Classroom: An Initiative to Help Principals Focus on Instruction

January 1, 2008

Describes how shifting routine operations to a School Administration Manager, tracking the principal's time, and coaching can help ensure an emphasis on instruction and more effective leadership, including developing teachers' talents from the ground up.

A Better Pipeline to the Principalship

October 31, 2007

Describes the design and outcomes of Atlanta's Superintendent's Academy for Building Leaders in Education, a Wallace-funded program that encourages reflection, collaboration, problem-solving, and communication to improve teaching and student achievement.

Mining for Meaning in Michigan's Data Book

October 31, 2007

Describes one principal's leadership in utilizing student data -- not only on current test scores but also longitudinal trends -- to identify problems early, devise instructional strategies to address them, and meet school improvement goals.

Making State Accountability Count: How New Mexico Supports Principals With Data Tools

October 1, 2007

Describes how the state is transforming assessment test data into a more useful, timely tool to help school leaders set policy and shape instruction and how the resulting data-rich environment is changing the culture of accountability in school districts.

Leadership for Transforming High Schools

December 1, 2006

Explores the unique tasks and challenges faced by education leaders in the face of stricter accountability reforms associated with the federal No Child Left Behind legislation and associated state-level education policy initiatives.

Leading, Learning, and Leadership Support

October 31, 2006

Offers a framework for improving learning-focused leadership through the use of data and evidence, reallocation of resources, redefined roles and responsibilities, assessment of leadership performance, better governance, and a focus on high schools.

Allocating Resources and Creating Incentives to Improve Teaching and Learning

October 1, 2006

Offers insights from scholarly literature, related theory, and practical activities to inform the efforts of policymakers, researchers and practitioners to allocate resources and create incentives that result in powerful, equitable learning for all.

Data-Informed Leadership in Education

October 1, 2006

Explores ideas, frameworks, and beliefs concerning the use of data in educational decision making and in the work of leaders at state and local levels as it relates to the improvement of teaching and learning.

Purposes, Uses, and Practices of Leadership Assessment in Education

October 1, 2006

Explores recent research literature dealing with personnel evaluations, professional learning, accountability, and the relation of leadership to learning, in order to clarify how leadership assessment practices impact student achievement.