Leading for Learning

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This series—launched with a special report on instructional leadership in the Sept. 15, 2004, issue of Education Week—examines the new approaches to leadership in education at a time of increasing academic expectations on schools.

Peter Meyer writes, "School boards' apparent irrelevance should not be taken as evidence of the need to hurry them out the door."
October 12, 2009 - Education Week

"As a school board member, I realize our students need to be equipped for a future beyond high school, but thinking long-term isn't easy," writes Lonnie Harp.
October 12, 2009 - Education Week

"The public doesn't see much of the real work of school boards, which wield far less power than voters might expect," writes Gene I. Maeroff.
October 12, 2009 - Education Week

Under this arrangement, districts are no longer insulated from the city’s social, civic, and economic sectors.
October 12, 2009 - Education Week

Interest in bringing urban school districts under the municipal umbrella continues to grow.
October 12, 2009 - Education Week

Governors have moved steadily to increase their influence over K-12 education, sometimes antagonizing their states' education establishments in the process.
October 12, 2009 - Education Week

The Reform Governance in Action training insists that school boards have a "theory of action" and stick to it.
October 12, 2009 - Education Week

'Board Watch' volunteers attend meetings and grade the panel on good-governance measures.
October 12, 2009 - Education Week

Whether school boards are up to the task of governing local districts in an era of increasing state and federal control is up for debate.
October 12, 2009 - Education Week

While most states where charter schools operate have some sort of umbrella charter group, the California Charter Schools Association stands out for the range and sophistication of support it offers.
September 8, 2008 - Education Week

Two principals act as administrators, organizers, marketers, and advocates in their mission to open a charter school for boys in New Orleans.
September 8, 2008 - Education Week

Being a charter school leader brings other challenges not often faced by principals of traditional public schools, who receive support from their districts’ central offices.
September 8, 2008 - Education Week

A new approach to the leadership and management of public schools has taken hold over the past decade, with the emergence of nonprofit groups that start and operate networks of charter schools.
September 8, 2008 - Education Week

Charter school boards serve in relative obscurity, even as they face distinctive challenges.
September 8, 2008 - Education Week

A growing field of specialty programs has emerged to train principals for the demands of running charter schools.
September 8, 2008 - Education Week

Given the wide range of duties involved in leading a charter school, it can be tough— and, some experts say, inadvisable—for one person to go it alone.
September 8, 2008 - Education Week

The charter school movement faces daunting leadership and management challenges, especially as the sector continues its rapid expansion.
September 8, 2008 - Education Week

The nation’s schools need principals who know instruction, and that focus is helping to shape more coherent professional programs to select and train the next generation of school leaders.
September 11, 2007 - Education Week

When Arthur Levine wrote a scathing report on the preparation of American school leaders, the one institution he singled out as a “promising model” wasn’t even in the United States. It was England’s National College for School Leadership.
September 11, 2007 - Education Week

Since 2000, New Leaders for New Schools has recruited and trained more than 300 principals and placed them at the helms of troubled schools in cities across the nation. But the nonprofit organization aspires to much more.
September 11, 2007 - Education Week

Greeneville City and Kingsport district officials entered into a collaborative partnership to help East Tennessee State revamp its educational leadership program.
September 11, 2007 - Education Week

What’s gone around has come around. After a decade or so spent largely on setting academic standards against which to hold schools accountable, states are themselves being held accountable for helping schools figure out how to meet them. Part of Education Week's special annual report, Leading for Learning.
September 12, 2006 - Education Week

Distinguished educators are assigned by the state to help low-scoring districts in Pennsylvania. Part of Education Week's special annual report, Leading for Learning.
September 12, 2006 - Education Week

New Mexico requires "priority schools" to use a continuous-improvement program. Part of Education Week's special annual report, Leading for Learning.
September 12, 2006 - Education Week

With state funding, teams of educators are assisting struggling districts in Kentucky. Part of Education Week's special annual report, Leading for Learning.
September 12, 2006 - Education Week

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Under Edison Schools Inc., educators work in teams, a model that encourages the development of leadership throughout a building.
November 15, 2005 - Education Week

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As Michael R. Bloomberg runs for re-election in New York City, voters will judge the extensive changes he’s made to the nation’s largest school system.
October 25, 2005 - Education Week

The Chicago school district will accept proposals this month from outside vendors seeking to craft core college-preparatory curricula in English, mathematics, and science for high schools.
October 4, 2005 - Education Week

With expectations for student achievement at an all-time high, school district leaders say they are playing a more assertive role in shaping instruction, according to a national survey of superintendents commissioned by Education Week.
September 13, 2005 - Education Week

When the Clarksville, Tenn., schools raised expectations for learning, the central office played a leading role in standardizing practice and monitoring data.
September 13, 2005 - Education Week

The California district is not alone in seeking the right balance between site-based management and centralized decisionmaking, a key issue as superintendents concern themselves more with matters of instruction. Gilroy’s experience, in fact, shows how that balance can change over time.
September 13, 2005 - Education Week

Not long ago, a popular theory about school improvement went something like this: Put in strong principals and dedicated staff members, and then get out of their way. When it came to improving teaching and learning, the thinking went, the central office had little to add.
September 13, 2005 - Education Week

Lots of districts like to think they have close-knit leadership teams. But few school leaders can say they’ve ironed their clothes together, which became a morning ritual for a group from San Francisco that spent a week at the Harvard Business School here this summer.
August 30, 2005 - Education Week

As districts nationwide seek ways to ensure a sound education for all children, Montgomery County, Md., has drawn notice for its unusual concentration on human resources.
August 9, 2005 - Education Week

While learning enough about instruction to hold his own with career educators, superintendent John C. Fryer built a districtwide system of school improvement based on staff training and data-driven decisionmaking. The goal has been to help teachers better recognize when students have mastered what they’re expected to learn, and to know what to do when they haven’t.
May 3, 2005 - Education Week

For teachers, practical advice is as close as the room next door. When principals need to know how things get done in their district, they can pick up the phone and call one another. But a fact of life for most superintendents is that it’s lonely at the top.
March 22, 2005 - Education Week

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Educators from the United States flock to the Edmonton, Alberta, district in Canada to learn about its experience with site-based management, an idea that is gaining new traction here.
January 25, 2005 - Education Week

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A former governor of Colorado runs the Los Angeles school district with a hands-on passion for high-quality instruction.
November 30, 2004 - Education Week

Interest in weighted-student funding, under which money is divvied up based on the actual number and kinds of students at each school, is growing among education leaders.
November 2, 2004 - Education Week

A growing number of states and school districts are re-engineering principals’ jobs to emphasize their roles as instructional leaders, according to an Education Week special report. This chat explores the changing roles of school leaders.
October 10, 2004 - Education Week (Web)

For one typical elementary school principal, dealing with paperwork, student discipline, and routine duties consumes most of the day.
September 27, 2004 - Education Week

After years of hearing that a principal’s main job should be to raise the quality of instruction, districts and states are experimenting with ways to make that ideal a reality.
September 27, 2004 - Education Week

This project is underwritten by a grant from The Wallace Foundation, an independent, national private foundation established by DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, the founders of The Reader's Digest Association. The foundation has three objectives: to strengthen education leadership to improve student achievement; to improve after-school learning opportunities; and to expand participation in arts and culture. For more information on the philanthropy, visit www.wallacefoundation.org.

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