Leadership Research

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Principals said using student test scores as a metric in evaluating their effectiveness as a leader isn’t a bad idea, but other factors should also be considered.
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School & District Management Is Judging Principals by Test Scores a Mistake?
A study examined whether existing methods for evaluating the impact of principal leadership on student test scores are accurate.
Lauraine Langreo, August 23, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Why Understanding Principal Turnover Is Important for Teacher Retention
A new study on principals in Texas argues that longer principal tenure can have positive effects on teacher retention.
Denisa R. Superville, June 15, 2022
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School & District Management What Happens When Districts, States, and Universities Collaborate on Principal-Prep?
A new report says broad partnerships can improve the learning experience for school leaders.
Denisa R. Superville, June 11, 2022
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School & District Management For Principals, Prep and PD Fall Short, New Report Finds
Training programs for principals are slowly, but unevenly, adapting to the research on how principals affect students and teachers.
Denisa R. Superville, June 2, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Why Aren't There More Women Superintendents?
As turnover rises, researchers say slow progress towards gender parity in the top job is at risk.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 10, 2022
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School & District Management Superintendent Turnover Is a Real Thing. How Bad Is It?
Researchers are patching together disparate data to conclude that, at least in urban districts, turnover has indeed increased.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 28, 2022
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School & District Management New Survey: How the Pandemic Has Made School Leadership More Stressful
Secondary school principals have reported frequent job-related stress, especially concerns about staff and student well-being.
Denisa R. Superville, January 26, 2022
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School & District Management The Pandemic Upended Principals' Jobs. Do Professional Leader Standards Reflect the Shift?
Principals felt unprepared for the time they had to spend on crisis-management and social media communications this school year.
Denisa R. Superville, December 27, 2021
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School & District Management Principals Went Through a Lot in the Last Two Years. Here's What They Want to Hang Onto
Increased technology use, flexible staffing, and deeper community partnerships are high on their list of things to build on.
Denisa R. Superville, November 5, 2021
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Professional Development From Our Research Center What School and District Leaders Get, Want, and Need From Professional Development
The EdWeek Research Center surveyed hundreds of educators about their professional development access, requirements, and preferences.
EdWeek Research Center, November 2, 2021
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School & District Management We Pay Superintendents Big Bucks and Expect Them to Succeed. But We Hardly Know Them
National data is skimpy, making it hard to know what influences superintendents' decisions to move on, retire, or how long they stay. Why?
Stephen Sawchuk, June 11, 2021
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School & District Management Principals and Stress: Strategies for Coping in Difficult Times
Running schools in the pandemic has strained leaders in unprecedented ways. Principals share their ideas for how to manage the stress.
Elizabeth Heubeck, May 11, 2021
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School & District Management Female Principals Are Paid Less Than Men. That’s a Big Concern
A gender pay gap in the principalship can affect recruitment and turnover.
Denisa R. Superville, April 21, 2021
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School & District Management Is the Assistant Principal the Most Overlooked, Undervalued Person at School?
A new research review on assistant principals finds that the role is undefined and that support for these school leaders is inconsistent.
Denisa R. Superville, April 14, 2021
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