- Principals' influence on students is second only to teachers'
- Hold principals accountable for learning success, not operations management
- Mentoring and evaluations can strengthen average principals
- Strong leaders can respond to their own students' needs, rather than the "average" needs in the district
When principals focus on student learning, schools get great results.
A highly effective principal can add 2-7 months to students’ academic growth per year. These principals focus their efforts on student and teacher success, and our children benefit.
We need to hold all our principals accountable for learning success, not just building operations. But to achieve that, school leaders need to be empowered. They need to be able to shape staffing, culture and resources for the students and teachers they have—not the “average” needs of a diverse district.
Strong leaders can select and support the best people for the job, helping reduce teacher turnover. They can build a culture of respect among teachers and students that keeps kids in school and on task.
Effective and empowered school leaders can influence nearly every aspect of a child’s experience in school.
Let’s empower school leaders to focus on learning success.