Focus On: Leadership & Management

Education Week's regular coverage of leadership and management issues.

April 20, 2016 – Education Week

The Cleveland school board has promoted the districts chief academic officer, Eric Gordon, to chief executive officer of the 45,000-student district.
June 15, 2011 – Education Week

Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna has warned teachers and other school employees not to engage in political activity on school grounds.
May 25, 2011 – Education Week

In the first new district created in years, the superintendent seeks to seize on an appetite for change—and heal community divisions.
May 19, 2010 – Education Week

A North Carolina school board's decision to stop busing to achieve socioeconomic diversity comes as districts elsewhere adjust to a changed legal landscape.
April 7, 2010 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week

Leadership groups are hoping the new Elementary and Secondary Education Act will include money for recruitment and training.
March 3, 2010 – Education Week

Warning that school systems are facing permanent budget constraints, the authors of 10 papers present ideas for targeting spending to achieve results.
January 27, 2010 – Education Week

Working papers from prominent education researchers aim to promote better understanding of school leadership.
December 9, 2009 – Education Week

Policy experts say the state lacks comprehensive human-resources policies for principals.
November 4, 2009 – Education Week

Educators in Aldine district have been working for more than a decade to refine their "managed instruction" system.
October 7, 2009 – Education Week

Arlene C. Ackerman is pushing a teacher-effectiveness agenda in a city known for a traditional union contract.
September 2, 2009 – Education Week

The U.S. secretary of education’s call to “turn around” the nation’s 5,000 worst-performing schools has sparked debate about how—and whether—such an enormous leadership and management challenge can be accomplished.
August 12, 2009 – Education Week

Experts are urging that effectiveness, not just newness, should be reformers’ goal.
May 20, 2009 – Education Week

Elected leader seeks clarification of roles of state policymakers.
April 8, 2009 – Education Week

High-performing buildings would receive more autonomy.
March 4, 2009 – Education Week

Leaders in a handful of districts are considering “front-loading” teacher compensation by paying novices more to aid recruitment.
January 28, 2009 – Education Week

A growing number of education stakeholders are zeroing in on developing “human capital” as the key strategy to improve student learning.
December 3, 2008 – Education Week

Kelvin Adams, who is taking over as the St. Louis schools’ seventh superintendent since 2003, is already familiar with the dynamics of a district under state supervision.
October 29, 2008 – Education Week

In hiring Daniel A. Domenech, the directors of the American Association of School Administrators were looking for an advocate who could position the group in the front row of education policy debates in Washington.
October 1, 2008 – Education Week

Outreach efforts seek to train school leaders to understand, advocate for good teaching.
September 3, 2008 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week

For the first time in recent history, all of the American Federation of Teachers’ top elected leaders are women. At the National Education Association, women occupy two of the three highest posts.
August 13, 2008 – Education Week

One trademark of nearly every successful superintendent is the ability to work well with others and to enlist their help and cooperation in solving common problems, says William D. Silky.
July 16, 2008 – Education Week (Web)

Delaware rolls out a new method to judge performance of principals and district-level administrators that ties leadership to student achievement.
June 11, 2008 – Education Week

Peter McWalters' rejection of high-stakes testing, his insistence on personalizing high schools and utilizing multiple assessments, have helped make him one of the country’s best-known and most-respected state schools chiefs.
May 7, 2008 – Education Week

Teachers’ unions are rarely seen as hands-on school reformers, but the Tom Mooney Institute for Teacher & Union Leadership thinks they should be.
April 9, 2008 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week

Policymakers nationwide increasingly see the shift as crucial for academic achievement, but relatively few districts have taken concrete steps to help principals make it.
March 12, 2008 – Education Week

A national project aimed at improving school leaders’ effectiveness is seeking to change that situation by supporting the hiring of “school administration managers” in schools.
February 13, 2008 – Education Week

Known as VAL-ED, the tool has been developed by a team of experts to measure leadership behaviors that research has found are associated with student achievement.
January 16, 2008 – Education Week

The role of the New York City Leadership Academy—created by Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein to recruit, train, and support new principals for the city’s toughest schools—has never been more central.
December 5, 2007 – Education Week

For American and Chinese principals, visiting their counterparts in the other country is “like learning a foreign language.”
October 3, 2007 – Education Week

Vicki L. Phillips is often described as a decisive leader with a deep understanding of education and the political savvy to advance an agenda.
September 5, 2007 – Education Week

An elective class for M.B.A. students probes the link between effective leadership and better outcomes.
June 13, 2007 – Education Week

The few principals and superintendents who do blog see great value in the online tool.
May 2, 2007 – Education Week

Researchers are divided on whether streamlining results in cost-efficiency.
March 28, 2007 – Education Week

A business-oriented tool weighs operations and outcomes for schools.
February 21, 2007 – Education Week

A Houston organization leads an effort to refine school management.
January 17, 2007 – Education Week

North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system got new leadership in August, but it wasn’t the superintendent or the school board. A civic group, Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education, was launched with the aim of becoming a major player in district policy.
November 29, 2006 – Education Week

Impatient to prepare better-qualified school leaders, a growing number of states are giving their universities an ultimatum: Redesign your preservice programs, or get out of the business of training school administrators.
October 18, 2006 – Education Week

A growing number of states are providing new forms of coaching and training for novice principals in the hope of turning what’s often a sink-or-swim experience into one more likely to lead to improved school performance.
September 13, 2006 – Education Week

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has launched a blog to inform school leaders of federal education policy and enlist them in shaping that world.
September 13, 2006 – Education Week

New York City’s public school, the nation’s largest school system, has hired Cambridge Education, based in the English city of the same name, to help design a process for judging how well schools make decisions about instruction.
May 17, 2006 – Education Week

Shared decisionmaking and site-based management are not unusual in the San Francisco Unified School District, where the two leadership principles are central to the 56,000-student district’s strategy for raising student performance.
April 12, 2006 – Education Week

Over the past decade, Forsyth County, Ga., has evolved from a district with a few desktop PCs in every classroom and a simple Web site to one where the superintendent and senior administrators use Blackberry devices, every teacher has a laptop, custodians wield Palm Pilots to track work orders, and school board members conduct nearly all their public business electronically.
March 8, 2006 – Education Week

What’s your theory of action for school improvement? If you’re a school board member and you don’t have one, your district could be in trouble.
February 1, 2006 – Education Week

St. Louis University is one of a growing number of higher education institutions that are retooling their Doctor of Education, or Ed.D., programs to concentrate more on the practical skills required of district leaders.
December 14, 2005 – Education Week

Like 18 other district chiefs in Iowa, Superintendent Bob Lehman splits his time between two school systems, each of which pays half his salary. Though sharing leaders helps small districts cut costs, it makes for a taxing job.
November 2, 2005 – Education Week

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