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staff Staff Expertise, Careful Communications to Parents Fuel Successful SEL Efforts (November 06, 2019)

A forum raises considerations for those looking to integrate social and emotional learning into out-of-school settings.
 loa 20th Lights On Afterschool: 1 million people, 10,000 events, 1,000s of lightings and billboards (October 25, 2019)
 principal-knowledge Keeping Current on the State of Knowledge About Principals and APs (October 22, 2019)

Scholars dig into latest research on three crucial topics in School Leadership.
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Harnessing Data Effectively: A Guide for Organizations (October 2019)  

A step-by-step plan for collecting, analyzing, and managing data to improve decision making. 

 resource8 Five Steps to Generate Discussion about Arts Audiences

(October 01, 2019)

Story Series and companion discussion guides offer examples of audience building as a learning tool for arts organization.

 summertime Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-being for Children and Youth (September 26, 2019)  
 image Universities and Districts Team Up and Better Prepare Principals (September 24, 2019)


A four-part video series shares early lessons from seven district-university partnerships that are rethinking principal preparation.

video Video: Series Shows How Universities, School Districts Can Team Up to Redesign How Principals are Prepared

Watch Principal Preparation: A roadmap for Reform and see how local partnerships are undertaking a complex process to rethink the way school leaders are prepared for the demands of the job.
 resource7 The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning

A Wallace Perspective identifies five practices that are key to the work of effective principals.
 educationleader Education Leadership: Evidence and Implications (April 2019)

A Technical Assistance Briefing for U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor.
memo Memorandum: ESSA Evidence Review of the Principal Pipeline Initiative (April 2019)

A RAND study showing student achievement and principal retention benefits from principal pipelines meets research standards necessary for funding of pipelines under Title I and other sections of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
 principal pipelines Principal Pipelines: A Feasible, Affordable, and Effective Way for Districts to Improve Schools (April 2019)

Schools in large districts that built principal pipelines markedly outperformed similar schools in comparison districts in both reading and math, a groundbreaking RAND report finds.
 Resources Wallace Foundation Shares Strategies for Sustaining a Pipeline for Well-Prepared Principals (February 14, 2019)
resource1 Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out (May 2017)


This in-depth guide to 25 evidence-based programs - aimed at elementary schools and out-of-school-time setting providers - offers information about curricular content and programmatic feautures that practitioners can use to make informed choices about their Social and Emotional Learning programs.


 resources2 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (December 2015)


What does it mean to be an effective principal? An updated set of standards for the job spells out 10 essentials, including the ability to support rigorous instruction.

resource3 Improving University Principal Preparation Programs: Five Themes From the Field (Feb. 2016)

What is the state of university-based principal preparation programs? How are these essential training grounds of future school leaders viewed - by themselves as well as by the school districts that hire their graduates? Do the programs need to improve? If so, by what means? This publication answers those questions.
resource4 Leadership Succession Planning  


AASA, The School Superintendents Association, was engaged by the Wallace Foundation to conduct a mixed method study of succession planning in 700 of the nation’s large student enrollment urban school districts in an effort to identify exemplar districts with records of successfully sustaining such programs.

While approximately 10 percent of the districts were identified with elements of succession planning, approximately half were identified as having promising practices worthy of further study. Four districts were identified as exemplars.

Learn about the promising practices uncovered and the work of the four exemplar districts.

 
 resource5 Principal Pipeline Initiative 


Six large school districts have been participating since 2011 in The Wallace Foundation's Principal Pipeline Initiative, a six-year effort to train, hire and support talented principals.

Reports: Building a Stronger Principalship, Vol. 4: Evaluating and Supporting Principals (January 2016)

This report is the fourth in a series examining the six districts' experience in the initiative designed to help them build larger pools of strong principals and then study the results. It explores the districts' work to change their approach to principal performance evaluation so that it focuses on working with principals, especially novices, to grow into their jobs and concentrate on improving teaching and learning in their classrooms.

Videos: In this series of eight videos, the superintendents of these districts discuss the details of their effort, lessons they have learned and advice they can offer to other districts.

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Coaching as a Way of Being (September 2019)                                                                                                              By: Jill A. Baker and Kelly D. An     
Valerie Truesdale on Leadership Services  
Pipeline Program Prepares Principals (August 2019)                                                                                                     By: Daniel A. Domenech  
Reaping Top Talent With a Data Harvest (June 2018)                                                                                                    By: Nicholas L. Pelzer  

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Developing Excellent School Principals to Advance Teaching and Learning: Considerations for State Policy(Sept. 2015)  


Even though school principals have a powerful impact on teaching and student achievement, in general they remain relatively low priorities on crowded state education policy agendas. A new Wallace-commissioned report, written by Paul Manna, professor of government and public policy at the College of William & Mary,
suggests a number of possible actions that state policymakers can consider to raise the profile of principals on policy agendas and ensure they are well trained and well supported on the job. 

Districts Matter: Cultivating the Principals Urban Schools Need (Feb. 2013)  


A Wallace -commissioned report that focuses on the critical role that school districts play in shaping how their principals are trained, hired, mentored, evaluated and developed on the job. It outlines nine concrete tasks for districts that want to ensure that highly-qualified principals can effectively lead every school across the district

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The Principal Story


is a 60-minute documentary (commissioned by The Wallace Foundation) about public school leadership and learning seen through the eyes of two very dynamic and passionate principals. Following these two principals and schools in depth for one year, the film takes the viewer along for a compelling, passion-filled ride that reveals what effective educational leadership looks like in the 21st century. The film was aired on Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS) stations across America in fall 2009. The full film, outtakes and an interview with the filmakers is available on DVD from

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The Principal Story Learning Guide website

Research has identified five practices that can help school leaders succeed. The Principal Story Learning Guidewebsite uses the acclaimed PBS documentary to illustrate these practices. It also offers discussion prompts and other activities to guide those who train or develop school leaders.

North GrandDocumentary

This 25-minute special mini-documentary on North Grand High School in Chicago’s west side documents the dramatic effort of new principal Asuncion “Sunny” Ayala to transform her vision for high expectations into reality. Part of THE PRINCIPAL STORY documentary and media project, NORTH GRAND reveals the struggles and victories she faces during a one-year period as she works toward her goal of graduating 98 percent of her students. This story inspires greater understanding and raises questions about effective leadership at the high school level.

The North Grand Conversation Guide

Educators, policymakers and others interested in improving our nation’s high schools can use NORTH GRANDand its conversation guide to discuss what’s necessary to train and support high school leaders so they can close achievement gaps, enhance graduation rates and boost outcomes for all students.

    For more information on education leadership, summer learning, and arts learning, please visit the Wallace Knowledge Center website