Leadership Research

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School & District Management We Pay Superintendents Big Bucks and Expect Them to Succeed. But We Hardly Know Them
National data is skimpy, making it hard to know what influences superintendents' decisions to move on, retire, or how long they stay. Why?
Stephen Sawchuk, June 11, 2021
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School & District Management Principals and Stress: Strategies for Coping in Difficult Times
Running schools in the pandemic has strained leaders in unprecedented ways. Principals share their ideas for how to manage the stress.
Elizabeth Heubeck, May 11, 2021
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School & District Management Female Principals Are Paid Less Than Men. That’s a Big Concern
A gender pay gap in the principalship can affect recruitment and turnover.
Denisa R. Superville, April 21, 2021
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School & District Management Is the Assistant Principal the Most Overlooked, Undervalued Person at School?
A new research review on assistant principals finds that the role is undefined and that support for these school leaders is inconsistent.
Denisa R. Superville, April 14, 2021
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Career Advice Want to Be a Principal? How to Prove You're Right for the Job
What it takes to attract the attention of K-12 recruiters looking for their schools' next principals.
Elizabeth Heubeck, February 26, 2021
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Carrie P. Meek/Westview K-8 Center principal Marchel Woods, center rear, greets parents dropping off their children for class on Oct. 5, 2020, at the Carrie P. Meek/Westview K-8 Center in Miami.
Principal Marchel Woods, center rear, greets parents dropping off children at the Carrie P. Meek/Westview K-8 Center in Miami. A new study quantifies the connection between principal effectiveness and students' academic achievement.
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School & District Management Top-Tier Principals Spark Big Gains in Student Learning. A New Study Shows How Much
Replacing a below-average principal with an effective leader means nearly three more months of math and reading gains.
Denisa R. Superville, February 16, 2021
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School & District Management Looking to Reduce Racial Bias in Grading? This Tool May Help
In an experiment, teachers were more likely to judge a black student's writing as being below grade level compared a white peer. The disparities disappeared when teachers were given a grading rubric to follow.
Christina A. Samuels, November 2, 2020
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School & District Management In Math, Teachers' Unconscious Biases May Be More Subtle Than You Think
Racial and gender stereotypes may color teachers' perceptions of students' math abilities, even when they rate students' performance equally, finds a new study in the journal Educational Researcher.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 13, 2019
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School & District Management Neighborhood Poverty Deepens in 10 States, and Children of Color Bear the Brunt
More than 1 in 4 black and Native American students live in deeply impoverished communities, finds a new analysis by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, adding stress to schools serving them.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 24, 2019
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Student Well-Being Flipped Classrooms May Exacerbate Student Achievement Gaps. Here's How
Flipped classrooms have been getting attention as a way for teachers to find more time for activities and individual support during the regular school day, but a new study cautions that the model could trade short-term gains for wider achievement gaps.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 23, 2019
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Student Well-Being Students Move Further Down School-to-Prison Pipeline With Every School Suspension
Being suspended from school can be a "turning point" for students, significantly increasing the odds that they will commit crimes as adults, according to a study in the journal Justice Quarterly.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 12, 2019
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School & District Management National Academies: Measuring Equity Can Inform School Accountability
When education leaders look for "other indicators" of school quality, a national panel argues tracking equity could provide a clearer picture for school improvement.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 18, 2019
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School & District Management How Does Summer Learning Really Affect Students' Academic Achievement?
A new analysis questions landmark studies on summer learning loss and its effects on school achievement gaps.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 10, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Persistent College-Going Gaps Probed in Latest 'Condition of Education' Report
Students from poor families are more likely than wealthier students to opt for a short-term degree, delay college, or leave without a diploma, federal statistics show.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 22, 2019
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