Principals

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    Commentary

    A Principal Role in Education

    Principals are second only to teachers as the most important school factor affecting student achievement but their contributions are often underappreciated. They establish a vision that motivates the entire community, build a school culture that supports student learning, ensure resources are used effectively, and engage with the community.

    Nov 26, 2014

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    What Makes a Successful Principal? Incorporating School Principal Background in State and District Policy

    Explores aspects of a potential principal's education and professional experience that states and school districts should look for and cultivate in candidates for the position of school principal.

    Nov 13, 2014

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    Blog

    How Schools Can Help Students with Traumatic Stress

    Schools are in a unique position to recognize traumatic stress in children. But first, adults throughout the school system—teachers, staff, administrators, school resource officers, and parents—must be aware of the issue, know how to detect signs of trauma exposure, and create a supportive environment.

    Oct 2, 2014

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    Leveraging Partnerships to Enhance the Impact of Principal-Preparation Programs

    New Leaders, an innovative national leadership organization, uses a model that unites core training and support with committed district partnerships, with positive results in both student achievement and feedback from participating districts.

    May 27, 2014

  • News Release

    Innovative School Principal Development Program Demonstrates Positive Student Achievement Gains

    Urban schools where principals received rigorous leadership training and support experienced larger gains in student achievement than schools led by principals who did not participate in the program.

    May 13, 2014

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    Project

    RAND New Leaders Evaluation

    The RAND New Leaders Evaluation examines implementation of the New Leaders principal preparation program from 2006 through 2013. The New Leaders approach involves rigorous recruitment and preparation of principals, ongoing support and community networks, and the commitment of partners to promote effective school and district conditions.

    May 13, 2014

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    Research Brief

    How the New Leaders Principal-Preparation Program Impacts Student Achievement

    Students at schools with principals trained by the New Leaders program had modestly larger achievement gains than those at schools led by non-New Leaders principals. However, the program's effects varied by district, with no clear patterns.

    May 13, 2014

  • Report

    Improving School Leadership Through District Partnerships: Implementation and Effects of New Leaders — Appendix

    This document presents technical appendixes to supplement the main evaluation report Preparing Principals to Raise Student Achievement: Implementation and Effects of the New Leaders Program in Ten Districts (RR-507-NL).

    May 13, 2014

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    Report

    Innovative School Principal Development Program Demonstrates Positive Student Achievement Gains

    Urban schools where principals received rigorous leadership training and support experienced larger gains in student achievement than schools led by principals who did not participate in the program. At the high school level, students in schools where the trained principal had three or more years of experience saw gains in reading achievement of about 3 percentile points.

    May 13, 2014

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    Report

    Four Ways to Foster Successful School Leadership

    Principals are second only to teachers as the most important school factor affecting student achievement. States and school districts can help principals by implementing effective hiring practices, building high-quality evaluation systems, entrusting principals with autonomy, and providing resources and supports.

    May 8, 2014

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    Project

    The American Teacher Panel and the American School Leader Panel

    The American Teacher Panel and the American School Leader Panel report on educators' evolving knowledge, attitudes, practices, and working conditions.

    Apr 7, 2014

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    Report

    Leadership Matters: How to Help Principals Promote Teaching Effectiveness

    As schools and districts move toward performance-based teacher evaluation as a way to improve teaching effectiveness and student outcomes, the principal's role in teacher evaluations is becoming even more important.

    Dec 24, 2013

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    Content

    Leadership Matters: How to Help Principals Promote Teaching Effectiveness

    As schools and districts move toward performance-based teacher evaluation as a way to improve teaching effectiveness and student outcomes, the principal's role in teacher evaluations is becoming even more important.

    Dec 22, 2013

  • News Release

    Actions School Districts Can Take to Help Principals Better Lead Schools

    States and school districts can help principals be more successful by matching the correct candidate with the appropriate school, by using a high-quality system to evaluate them, by giving them the right amount of autonomy, and by providing them with the resources and support they need to produce better education outcomes.

    Nov 14, 2013

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    Report

    Actions School Districts Can Take to Help Principals Better Lead Schools

    States and school districts can help principals be more successful by matching the correct candidate with the appropriate school, by using a high-quality system to evaluate them, by giving them the right amount of autonomy, and by providing them with the resources and support they need to produce better education outcomes.

    Nov 14, 2013

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    Blog

    Transforming Schools by Developing 21st Century Skills

    If students are to learn the skills they need to succeed in tomorrow's competitive world, educators may need to rethink yesterday's teaching practices. That's the rationale behind teaching 21st century skills, which include high-order abilities like teamwork and critical thinking.

    Jul 18, 2013

  • Journal Article

    Six Districts Begin the Principal Pipeline Initiative

    This first report describes the initial plans for initiative implementation in the six participating school districts and the first steps taken toward implementation in the first year after grant award in August 2011.

    Jul 1, 2013

  • Report

    Evaluating Efforts to Improve School Leadership

    Improving school leadership may improve student outcomes. Evaluation is critical for effective use of resources, but poses challenges to states and districts. Evaluators and policymakers should allow time for improvements to show, use multiple evaluation measures, and interpret findings carefully.

    Oct 4, 2012

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    Research Brief

    Evaluating Efforts to Improve School Leadership

    Efforts to improve school leadership may improve student outcomes. Evaluation is critical for effective use of resources, but it poses challenges. Evaluators and policymakers should allow time for improvements to show, use multiple evaluation measures, and interpret findings carefully before applying them to others.

    Oct 4, 2012

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    Report

    Focusing on K-12 Education

    In the area of K–12 education, RAND Education partners with policymakers, school systems, practitioners, and other stakeholders to help improve education outcomes and systems and to increase access and equity.

    Sep 4, 2012