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PREPARING EFFECTIVE PRINCIPALS

principal talking with teacherUsing state legislative examples from states throughout the country, this guidebook describes six key areas in which state legislators can take action to improve the quality of school principals in public schools. Measures range from strengthening accreditation of principal training programs to ensuring that newcomers to the principalship receive high quality mentoring.

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WEBINAR ARCHIVE: EVALUATING SCHOOL PRINCIPALS

adults posingListen to this substantive webinar on evaluating school principals. Hear from the research, state and district perspectives. Dr. Joe Murphy talks candidly about what the research says and learn about what's happening at the state and district levels in Maryland.

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STRONG LEADERS STRONG SCHOOLS

school building with adults Leadership matters. A lot. in today's climate of heightened accountability and limited resources, effective leadership is critical to improving teaching and learning and turning around low-performing schools. This publication is the fourth annual report featuring state legislative efforts to support school principals and provides a snapshot of legislation.

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BUILDING A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL PIPELINE

people workign on computerState legislators, school districts and district leaders are in a unique position to initiate meaningful school reform by building a pipeline of effective school principals. This brief summarizes a recent NCSL meeting which examined the current body of research, highlighted lessons learned from states and districts and featured state policy levers and examples.

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OVERVIEW | SCHOOL PRINCIPALS

School Leadership Matters. School principals play a critical role in school improvement and students’ academic success. While teachers have a direct impact on students in their classroom, a principal affects all students in a given school. Principals greatly influence teacher quality by recruiting, developing and retaining excellent teachers—while also removing less effective ones—and by ensuring all students have a great teacher year after year. Effective teachers and principals are the two most important school-related factors that contriute to what students learn at school.

Student-Principal Achievement Link. Research demonstrates that nearly 60 percent of a school’s influence on student achievement is attributable to teacher and principal effectiveness, with principals alone accounting for about a quarter of the total school effects. The effects of good principals are most significant in schools with the greatest need. Moreover, virtually no documented instances occur where troubled schools are turned around without a talented principal.

A Good Investment. The combination of effective teaching and capable principals—not one or the other—will improve student academic performance. Targeted investments in good principals can be a particularly cost-effective way to improve teaching and learning because principals are uniquely positioned in their schools to ensure that excellent teaching and learning spread beyond single classrooms.

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