Spotlight on School and District Leadership

Education Week Spotlight Series

On School and District Leadership

The Education Week Spotlight on School and District Leadership is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Rebuilding a school district from the ground up
  • Preparing and training school principals for the Common Core State Standards
  • Shifting control of office responsibilities to principals in magnet, charter, and neighborhood schools
  • Reshaping the work hours and job duties of superintendents in light of budget constraints
  • Developing leadership and training programs for charter schools

You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF. The Spotlight is made possible in part by a grant from the Wallace Foundation, which supports coverage of public school leadership, extended and expanded learning time, and arts learning. More at

A year after a tornado destroyed six of its schools, a Missouri district is building schools that match its new vision for education.
May 16, 2012 – Education Week

After a slow start, a flurry of activity has occurred in the past six months to prepare principals for the new standards.
June 6, 2012 – Education Week

The superintendents don't want schooling to be limited by classroom walls, a traditional school calendar, or standard grade progressions.
January 11, 2012 – Education Week

In "portfolio" districts, responsibilities that once rested at the central office are falling to principals, who may be operating magnet schools, charter schools, or neighborhood schools with varying levels of autonomy.
July 18, 2012 – Education Week

The poor economy is reshaping superintendents' work lives, causing some to share jobs, do double duty, or work part time.
February 1, 2012 – Education Week

To meet rising demands for new school leaders, the charter school sector is building a diverse array of training programs.
May 9, 2012 – Education Week

A report calls for putting the district under mayoral control, shrinking its central office, and giving principals more say.
January 25, 2012 – Education Week

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