On Leadership

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On Leadership provides the latest news, research and commentary on education leadership.

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From Dougal's Desk

From Dougal’s Desk – Making System Redesign Happen

December 11, 2017 • Volume #3: On Leadership

A little more than two years ago, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera, asked NISL to help support his statewide Poverty and Student Achievement Initiative. Secretary Rivera wanted to drive school reform in the state through an intense focus on both excellence and equity with particular attention paid to students in poverty. We quickly found […]

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Leadership Spotlight

Leadership Spotlight – Empowered Leaders: Lessons from the World’s Top-Performers

December 11, 2017 • Volume #3: On Leadership

Contrary to a common view in the United States, the countries that consistently attain high—and equitable—levels of student performance get those results not because they are less diverse than the United States, or have lower levels of student poverty, or have cultures that favor academic learning. Rather, the top-performing countries have put in place policies […]

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Leading News

Leading News Vol 3. – The Latest in School Leadership

December 11, 2017 • Volume #3: On Leadership

Leading News highlights recent news about school leadership.

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Leadership Spotlight

Leadership Spotlight – State ESSA Plans Put School Leadership at the Forefront

June 5, 2017 • Volume #2: On Leadership

By Robert Rothman In April 2017, 16 states and the District of Columbia submitted their plans for complying with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal law enacted in 2015 that replaced No Child Left Behind. These plans spell out how the states intend to carry out the law, beginning in the 2017-18 school […]

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Federal Budget Notes

Federal Budget Notes – Making Sense of the Federal Budget

June 5, 2017 • Volume #2: On Leadership

For many in public K-12 education, the budget President Trump released in May—calling for a 13.5 percent cut in education funding—created a sense of panic. For the readers of this newsletter, who understand the strategic importance of investing in school leadership in an era of tightening budgets, it is important to understand what this budget […]

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Leading News

Leading News Vol. 2 – The Latest in School Leadership

June 5, 2017 • Volume #2: On Leadership

Leading News highlights recent news about school leadership.

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From Dougal's Desk

From Dougal’s Desk – What do you Mean by “System Design?”

June 5, 2017 • Volume #2: On Leadership

By Jason Dougal In the closing of my first installment, I made reference to the need for a redesign of districts and schools to achieve a goal they were previously not designed to accomplish: equipping all students, no matter their background, with the competencies needed to be successful in a very competitive global environment. If […]

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From Dougal's Desk

From Dougal’s Desk – Inaugural Issue

March 7, 2017 • Volume #1: On Leadership

Welcome to On Leadership, the National Institute for School Leadership’s newsletter. We want this newsletter to be a one-stop-shop for the latest news, summaries of the best research and the most useful commentary on education leadership.

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Leadership Spotlight

Leadership Spotlight – Improving School Leadership Under ESSA: Evidence-Based Options for State and District Leaders

March 7, 2017 • Volume #1: On Leadership

One of the most widely quoted findings from education research is the fact that teacher quality is the largest school-related factor in student achievement. Less well known, but equally robust, is the finding from a report by the Wallace Foundation that principal quality is the second-largest in-school factor in student achievement.[i]

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Leading News

Leading News – The Latest in School Leadership

March 7, 2017 • Volume #1: On Leadership

Leading News highlights recent news about school leadership.

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