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School leadership greatly influences the climate of a school. Schools with positive working environments and collaborative relationships can increase teacher effectiveness and ultimately student achievement. For these reasons, it is important that states and districts identify ways to attract, recruit, retain, and develop strong school leaders, including principals who serve as instructional coaches and teachers who advise and support their colleagues. Schools with strong school leadership:

  • Highlight the principal’s role as instructional leader in the school.
  • Have a clear vision for the school, and everyone works toward achieving that vision.
  • Collaborate with teachers and parents to shape school culture and classroom conditions that support student learning.
  • Encourage and empower teachers by facilitating collaboration among teachers and by engaging teachers in substantial professional development.
  • Create positions that capitalize on the skills and expertise of teacher leaders.
  • Set high standards for all staff and hold staff accountable to those standards.

Interactive Online Tools

The TQ Center has two interactive, online tools that provide planning guides, examples of evaluation practices, state-level evaluation policies, and links to resources related to the components for designing and implementing high-quality principal and administrator evaluation systems.

Policy-to-Practice Brief
The TQ Center offers action steps and promising strategies for states and districts to address school leadership issues.

Research & Policy Briefs
In the following Research & Policy Briefs, the TQ Center discusses the need for and the research base relating to school leaders in schools and districts across all states.

Tips & Tools Key Issues
The TQ Center addresses issues of school leadership in the following Key Issues. Each Key Issue includes a summary of the research that identifies key areas of concern, as well as links to real-world strategies that the states and districts currently implement to address the topics.

The Need:

The TQ Center identified a need from the field to promote information sharing and collaboration as states and school districts engage in the development of comprehensive principal evaluation systems.

Our Response:

Using the eight key components of a comprehensive evaluation system as the organizational guide, the TQ Center developed the State Principal Evaluation Policy Database to collect information on state-level principal evaluation policies across the states.


The Need:

The TQ Center received a request from WestEd to develop a series of webinars for the School Turnaround Learning Community.

Response:

The TQ Center hosted a webinar series on teacher and principal evaluation as part of the School Turnaround Learning Community for School Improvement Grant schools, school districts, and states. The archived webinar recordings can be accessed through the following links:


The Need:

The Southwest Comprehensive Center asked the TQ Center to identify what other states across the country were doing for teacher leader endorsements.

Our Response:

The TQ Center completed an inventory of states to identify how states were using teacher leader endorsements. The inventory identified each state and provided an overview of how the state was using teacher leader endorsements.


Additional Events, Webcasts, and Presentations

In addition to the examples of technical assistance provided by the TQ Center, we have been involved in providing numerous events, webcasts, and presentations on educator evaluation systems. One event that is particularly relevant to leadership evaluation and effectiveness is a June 2011 workshop hosted by the TQ Center: Leadership Strategies to Support Effective Teaching. This workshop invited regional comprehensive centers and state teams to learn about the cultivation of strong school-level leadership as a critical component of a systemic approach to improving teacher effectiveness.

The GTL Center supports regional comprehensive centers through explicit technical assistance efforts; in addition, the GTL Center can provide assistance in Leadership by:

  • Highlighting examples of schools that are implementing successful teacher leader initiatives.

  • Identifying strategies for developing a leadership pipeline.

  • Exploring how to use evaluation data to identify and train teacher leaders.

  • Sharing strategies for maximizing professional development to support school leaders.


Additional Events, Webcasts, and Presentations

In addition to the examples of technical assistance provided by the TQ Center, we have been involved in providing numerous events, webcasts, and presentations on educator evaluation systems. One event that is particularly relevant to leadership evaluation and effectiveness is a June 2011 workshop hosted by the TQ Center: Leadership Strategies to Support Effective Teaching. This workshop invited regional comprehensive centers and state teams to learn about the cultivation of strong school-level leadership as a critical component of a systemic approach to improving teacher effectiveness.

Learn more about how Leadership affects Recruitment, Hiring, & Placement and Evaluation.

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Ensuring that schools have strong, effective leaders requires schools and districts to actively recruit the best candidates. Further, schools and districts should look for ways to incentivize effective leaders to work in challenging schools and should work to equitably distribute those leaders across schools. Learn more about how the GTL Center supports recruitment, hiring, and placement activities.

To identify effective leaders, states and districts need to develop leader evaluation systems. Learn more about how the GTL Center supports evaluation activities.

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