States teaming with industry to train workers, the debate over Voter ID, Common Core standards in the states, the benefits of big data and much more are explored in this month's issue.
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School leaders are important to student learning.
Today’s complex school environment requires effective leadership among all educators—teachers, principals and superintendents—to turn around struggling schools and improve student achieve-ment. Among the most important school-related factors that improve student learning, school leadership was second only to classroom instruction, according to a report commissioned by the Wallace Foundation.
A growing number of effective teachers—the single most significant factor affecting student achievement—are assuming leadership responsibilities outside the classroom. Teacher leaders serve as mentors, facilitate professional development and lead school improvement efforts. States, school districts and schools are recognizing the effect teacher leaders have on teaching and learning and in building instructional and organizational capacity in schools and classrooms.
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