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  • Jessica Coley, a principal-in-training in Prince George's County, Md., stands by some student project work in her school, photo by Karen Sayre

    Essay

    Investing in Principals Helps Students Succeed

    Jul 5, 2019

    Hiring good principals is one of the most important things a district can do for its students, second only to hiring good teachers. Students whose schools participated in a principal pipeline initiative outperformed their peers by six percentage points on reading tests and nearly three points in math.

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    Report

    School Leadership: Teachers and Principals May Have Different Views

    Mar 14, 2019

    Principals almost universally rate themselves as effective in leadership practices such as communicating a clear vision for the school and setting high standards for teaching. Some teachers rate principals lower, and this mismatch in perception could have negative consequences.

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    Report

    Educators Turn to Colleagues for Help with Struggling Students

    When their students have academic or behavioral challenges, educators often consult with another teacher, support staff, principal, or district leader to weigh strategies. When selecting interventions, they consider relevance to local context, rigor of evidence, and feasibility.

    Aug 15, 2019

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    AEP Data Note Technical Appendix 2

    This technical appendix provides additional information about the sample, data, and estimation strategy that were used for a series of AEP Data Notes published by the RAND Corporation in 2019.

    Aug 15, 2019

  • Teacher calling on an elementary student in class, photo by Monkey Business/Adobe Stock

    Report

    How Prepared Are Educators to Support Diverse Students?

    Most principals and teachers surveyed agreed that their preservice training prepared them to lead a school or teach in a classroom, but just over 60 percent of them felt prepared to support nonwhite and low-income students. And white educators felt even less prepared than their nonwhite peers.

    Jul 25, 2019

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    Do Teachers Have What They Need to Support Students with Unique Learning Profiles?

    Many students face unique educational circumstances, such as learning disabilities, housing instability, and exposure to poverty. Do teachers have what they need to help these students succeed?

    Jul 11, 2019

  • Periodical

    RAND Review: July-August 2019

    This issue spotlights a strategy to reduce roadway deaths to zero; a school principal initiative that yielded positive results for schools and students; and a data-driven effort to enhance equity in a major U.S. city.

    Jul 1, 2019

  • Multimedia

    Principal Pipelines: A Feasible, Affordable, and Effective Way to Improve Schools

    A recent RAND report found that implementing “principal pipelines”—a strategic approach to the hiring, preparation, evaluation, and support of school leaders—can improve schools. In this congressional briefing, Susan Gates discusses the feasibility, effectiveness, and affordability of principal pipelines.

    Jun 17, 2019

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    Secondary Educators Consider Discipline Reform a Priority

    One quarter of principals and 31 percent of teachers surveyed identified discipline reform as one of the top three most important interventions needed in their secondary schools. And those in high-poverty schools were more likely than those in low-poverty schools to do so.

    Jun 13, 2019

  • Elementary students holding hands and running, photo by monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images

    Research Brief

    Support for Social and Emotional Learning Is Widespread

    Most U.S. educators believe that social and emotional learning (SEL) improves student outcomes and school climate. They agree that students should develop and apply skills like managing emotions and setting and achieving positive goals. But teachers tend to assign greater importance to SEL skills than principals.

    May 30, 2019

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    Teacher and Principal Perspectives on Social and Emotional Learning in America's Schools: Findings from the American Educator Panels

    This report presents findings from surveys of nationally representative samples of teachers and principals who responded to questions addressing their beliefs about social and emotional learning in schools and the practices they implemented.

    May 30, 2019

  • Principal and teachers in a staff meeting, photo by asiseeit/Getty Images

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    Principals Are More Optimistic Than Teachers About School Improvement Plans

    School improvement plans have been a central feature of American school reform for over two decades. Most educators are familiar with these plans, but principals are more likely than teachers to believe that they change teaching practices and improve schools in a five-year period.

    May 16, 2019

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    How Educators View the Rapid Life Cycle of School Reforms

    Researchers and educators have noted the emergence of a school reform "churn." New initiatives and programs are adopted, only to be dropped when the next popular reform emerges. How do principals and teachers perceive continuity in the programs at their schools?

    Apr 11, 2019

  • News Release

    Principal Pipelines Benefit Students, Reduce Principal Turnover

    Districts can improve schools—including boosting student achievement in reading and math—by better preparing, selecting, evaluating, and supporting principals.

    Apr 8, 2019

  • A principal meeting with teachers, photo by Claire Holt/The Wallace Foundation

    Report

    Principal Pipelines Benefit Students and Reduce Principal Turnover

    Six urban districts implemented principal pipelines, a strategic approach to the hiring, preparation, evaluation, and support of school leaders. The efforts were feasible, affordable, and effective. The schools not only outperformed comparison schools in both math and reading, but they also improved principal retention.

    Apr 8, 2019

  • High school principal talks with students outside at school, photo by asiseeit/Getty Images

    Commentary

    For Teachers, a Good Boss Makes All the Difference

    Districts that try to place an effective leader in every school could reap educational benefits in the classroom. Giving a teacher a good boss also could be a powerful element in a broader strategy to recruit and retain highly effective educators.

    Apr 4, 2019

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    Brochure

    Two Innovative Tools to "Take the Pulse" of America's Educators

    This brochure describes the American Educator Panels—two innovative online survey tools that provide unique sources of accurate information about educators' knowledge, attitudes, practices, and working conditions

    Mar 18, 2019

  • A mature African-American woman in her 40s standing outside a school building with a group of children carrying backpacks, photo by kali9/Getty Images

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    Preparing School Leaders for Success

    The New Leaders program offers rigorous, research-based training for aspiring principals. Students in K-8 schools led by New Leaders principals outperformed students in K-8 schools led by other new principals in test scores and attendance rates. Both participants and district partners expressed favorable views of the program.

    Feb 25, 2019

  • A teacher trying to resolve a conflict between two elementary students

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    Are Educators Setting Goals for Social-Emotional Learning?

    Evidence shows that social and emotional skills predict long-term life outcomes of students. Interventions that improve social and emotional learning (SEL) can also boost academic achievement. Many teachers and principals are setting goals for SEL growth in their schools, but 40 percent of them are not.

    Jan 17, 2019

  • Journal Article

    Novice School Principals Constructing Their Role Vis-A-Vis External Stakeholders: (Not) Attempting to Be "All Things to All People"

    This study examines how novice school principals make sense of different external stakeholders' demands and their own role in relation to external stakeholders during their first year on the job.

    Jan 10, 2019

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