School Leadership Meetings and Session Information

2008 Legislative Summit | 2008 Spring Forum

2008 legislative summit logo2008 Legislative Summit: July 22-25 
New Orleans, Louisiana


Lessons from the Trenches: Turning Around Poor Performing Schools
Friday, July 25 8-9:30

Listen to prominent school leaders who are beating the odds in major urban districts by providing high-quality education. Learn how to reproduce their success.

Speakers:

  • Paul Vallas, Superintendent, Recovery School District of New Orleans, Louisiana 
  • Mel Riddile, Principal, T.C. Williams High School, Virginia
  • Senator Peter Groff, Senate President, Colorado

Most districts and schools assess principals, but they use a multitude of instruments in a variety of ways. There has been no solid, reliable evidence that can demonstrate how school leaders are performing on the job. However, with the launch of the revised ISLLC standards and the field testing of new assessment tools, especially the VAL-Ed tool developed by Vanderbilt University, we are learning more than ever about how effective, standards-based leader assessment can and should measure and improve the performance of school leaders.


Developing Longitudinal Data Systems
Thursday, July 24- 8:00 - 9:45 am

Robust and high-quality educational data are increasingly being used at the state level to enhance policymaking. Learn from experts on how to successfully develop, implement and utilize longitudinal data systems to make better informed decisions and maximize the return on investment. 

NCSL Education Program Contact:  Vincent Badolato

Presiding: 

  • Senator John Goedde, Idaho Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committee on Education

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Laird, Data Quality Campaign, Texas - [ Presentation Adobe PDF]
  • Peter Winograd, Office of Education Accountability, New Mexico - [ Presentation Adobe PDF]
  • Representative Rick Miera, New Mexico

Assessing Education Leader Effectiveness

Most districts and schools assess principals, but they use a multitude of instruments in a variety of ways. There has been no solid, reliable evidence that can demonstrate how school leaders are performing on the job. However, with the launch of the revised ISLLC standards and the field testing of new assessment tools, especially the VAL-Ed tool developed by Vanderbilt University, we are learning more than ever about how effective, standards-based leader assessment can and should measure and improve the performance of school leaders.  Recently The Wallace Foundation Sponsored a Webex seminar to discuss these topics.  Click here to listen to a recording or the presentation or view the powerpoint from the seminar

Presentations were made on the following topics:

  • Revised Educational Leadership Policy Standards: ISLLC 2008: On the role of policy standards to guide improvements in leadership preparation, licensure, evaluation, professional development, and the conditions that support leader’s success.
  • Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education (VAL-Ed): On the promise of a validated and reliable system for assessing the performance of principals and school leadership teams to lead instructional improvement.
  • Leadership Principal Performance Worksheet (LPPW), or the “mentoring tool:” On looking at the results of a seven state pilot test of coaches and mentors using the LPPW to help novice principals develop critical leadership skills.

Presider:

Jody Spiro, Senior Program Officer, The Wallace Foundation

 

 

Presenters:

Joe Simpson, Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Wyoming Department of Education; and co-chair, National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA)/Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Steering Committee
  Joseph Murphy, Professor, Vanderbilt University; and co-leader, with Andrew Porter and others, on the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education (VAL-Ed) project

 

Lynn Scott, Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation; and lead developer of the Leadership Principal Performance Worksheet tool for coaching and mentoring novice principals


Spring Forum 2008 logoSpring Forum 2008: April 24-26
Washington D.C.


Preparing Effective Leaders to Transform Schools:  A Role for State Legislators
(Lunch sponsored by The Wallace Foundation)
Friday, April 25 11:45 - 1:15 pm

Under the federal No Child Left Behind law and similarly demanding state requirements, school leaders are under increasing public pressure to turn around low-performing schools and significantly improve student achievement.  Landmark research tells us that leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to student learning, especially in high-needs schools.  More than ever, states need to develop and implement a comprehensive set of strategies to ensure that today’s leaders have the skills, knowledge and support required to guide the transformation of schools to meet higher standards and new requirements for progress.  In this session, leaders at the state, district and school level will share examples of successful strategies, programs and partnerships that have helped districts recruit, prepare and support effective school leaders. 
NCSL Education Program Contact:  Sara Vitaska

Presiding: 

  • Senator John Goedde, Idaho, Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committee on Education

Speaker: 

  • Jody Spiro, The Wallace Foundation, New York  [Adobe PDF Presentation]

Panelists: 

  • Phillip Rogers, Education Professional Standards Board, Kentucky
  • Wendy Robinson, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Indiana
  • Luis Torres, Bronx PS 55, New York

Additional Information:

 Podcast

Standards for School Leaders Get New Thumbs Up
EducationWeek
February 25, 2008

Quality of Principal Mentoring Uneven, Report Says
EducationWeek