Press | What Policymakers Can Do to Support Effective School Leadership: New Policy Brief

New York City, NY, September 23, 2014—Today New Leaders released their latest policy publication, Great Principals at Scale: State & Federal Policy Brief. The Brief is a follow-up publication to their most recent report written with the George W. Bush Institute’s Alliance to Reform Education Leadership, Great Principals at Scale: Creating District Conditions That Enable All Principals to Be Effective.

The State & Federal Policy Brief describes actions that state and federal policymakers can take to promote the local conditions research has found support effective school leadership across an entire school district. “States and the federal government have a role in changing the way districts support effective leadership in every school;” said Jean Desravines, CEO of New Leaders, Inc. “To scale and sustain school improvement, state and federal leaders must recognize the important role that districts play and promote and model large shifts in organizational culture and operations.”

This brief is informed by the latest research, lessons from implementation of New Leaders own program continuum, the work New Leaders already undertakes with districts, states, and leadership programs across the country, and best practices from state departments of education.

New Leaders works to transform leadership in high-need, low-income schools by developing transformational school leaders and designing effective leadership policies and practices for school systems across the country.  Through the multifaceted work, New Leaders recognizes the need for conditions to support effective leadership at scale and advocates for policies and practices related to principal and teacher effectiveness, human capital management, standards and assessments, and other measures. The organization recruits, trains, develops, and supports teacher leaders and school leaders in the Emerging Leaders and Aspiring Principals programs. They also provide ongoing support to principals through Principal Institute and to leaders and their instructional leadership teams with the newly launched Leadership Practice Improvement Program.