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A District Strategy to Improve Student Achievement

Episode 7: Schools in six large districts that built principal pipelines saw widespread benefits for schools and students.
July 17, 2019
Principal Sun Dick
Host & Guests

Host: Lucas Held, Director of Communications for The Wallace Foundation


  • Susan Gates, senior economist with RAND Corporation and co-principal investigator of Principal Pipelines: A Feasible, Affordable, and Effective Way for Districts to Improve Schools
  • Linda Chen, chief academic officer for the New York City public school system
  • Wanda Luz Vazquez, principal coach, former principal of El Puente Academy, a high school in New York City

Six large school districts that built principal pipelines—a set of measures to cultivate effective school leaders—saw notable, statistically significant benefits for student achievement, a RAND Corporation study finds. Learn more about these findings from the study’s co-principal investigator and leaders from New York City public schools, one of the six participating districts.


It is true that a principal has to do everything under the sun. But, at the end of the day, the purpose is to advance learning and instruction for every student and that is what we really focus our efforts on.

— Linda Chen

About the Series

The Principal Pipeline Podcast features principals, district and state leaders, and university officials who have developed strong principal pipelines and are eager to share their lessons learned with the broader field.

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