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Educational Leadership: Evidence and Implications

​​This educational briefing was given to the U.S. Department of Education on Aug. 27, 2018.
October 12, 2018


  • After introducing the Wallace Foundation and its work, the briefing addressed research showing that principals are “second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school.” It was also explained that high-quality principals are key to attaining and retaining high-quality teachers, as well as aiding in improving struggling schools.
  • The briefing then explained the principal pipeline and its importance, including assisting in better leader standards and evaluation systems, as well as being highly cost effective for states and districts.
  • While principal pipelines were argued as essential, the briefing further investigated the importance of principal supervision and preparation. The principal supervisor role, it was explained, can be changed from a focus on operation and compliance to that of developing principals to be effective, independent instructional leaders. 
  • As of 2017, the Education Commission of the States reported that 37 states introduced or passed legislation related to school leadership while all 50 states (and Puerto Rico) included school leadership in their ESSA plans.
  • The briefing concluded with a look at FAU's SELECT task force, which served as an exemplary example of the deep partnership with districts and state government necessary to develop professional learning.
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