What New Principals Need to Know
  • By Andy Mitchell
  • October 15, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   A few months ago, Education Dive asked as handful of veteran administrators what advice they’d give new principals beginning their first year. Interestingly, much of what was said brings to mind previous blog posts using Gates Foundation research to identify what makes a strong school leader. It’s reassuring to see […]

Student Surveys: Should Students Evaluate Teachers?
  • By admin
  • October 8, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton A Response to Teacher Input in EdWeek Last spring, EdWeek released a series of 3 blog posts that included teacher responses to the question: “Should teachers encourage student evaluations of their classes and their teaching? If not, why not? If so, what are the best ways to do it?” Each teacher […]

Principal Preparation and Pipelines
  • By admin
  • August 20, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   A Tennessee-based organization, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), recently released an article on the importance of education leadership in reforming student outcomes. In this article, evidence from the RAND Corporation stood out: principals are second only to classroom instruction in contributing to student outcomes, principals are multipliers of […]

What Makes a Strong School Leader?
  • By admin
  • August 13, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   What makes a strong school leader? A research synthesis from the Gates Foundation details four ways strong school leadership can positively impact students and schools. The article states that strong leadership teams enable teachers to work with their peers and focus on improvement over evaluation, involve teachers in decision making […]

Do High Quality Principals Matter? A Review on the Importance of School Leadership
  • By admin
  • August 7, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   Why Principals Matter  A few years ago, Hechinger Report released an article detailing the importance of school leadership in both student achievement and teacher retention. This article was hardly the first of its kind—in fact, one of the most cited research articles on leadership was published almost thirty years ago.  […]

Student Voice in Teacher Performance
  • By admin
  • June 12, 2019

  By @GraceCShelton   The adoption of ESSA has resulted in many education priority shifts. Many of these shifts focus on equity and access, whole child learning, and additional academic needs for students. However, one that is particularly interesting is the enhanced focus on positive school culture and climate. In order to encourage positive culture […]