Good Leaders Make Good Schools

District Leadership

(New York Times)
In a March 2018 article for the New York Times, David Brooks cited examples of how school leadership has made a significant impact on school improvement. In short, Brooks points to dramatic improvement in Washington, New Orleans and Chicago schools that have increased graduation rates since 2011.

“These improvements are proof that demography is not destiny, that bad things happening in a neighborhood do not have to determine student outcomes,” writes Brooks.

Citing University of Minnesota and Toronto research that concluded “We have not found a single case of a school improving its student achievement record in the absence of talented leadership,” the article emphasizes the critical role of leadership, particularly principal leadership, in school improvement.

Things principals do to improve schools:
• raise expectations and alter norms
• support collaborative power structure
• embody energy, trustworthiness, honesty, optimism, determination

Access the full article HERE.

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