Building Bridges: Connecting Teacher Leadership and Student Success

Leading Educators has partnered with schools to help develop more than 900 teacher leaders since 2008. This report uses focus groups, interviews, and surveys with these teachers and their principals to establish connections between teacher practices and student outcomes. Three main areas of success are identified: developing priorities aligned with the school and setting measurable goals, identifying a cohesive team, and agreeing on schedules that enable teacher leaders to fulfill their leadership responsibilities. 

Untapped: Transforming Teacher Leadership to Help Students Succeed

This report examines promising early results from the Emerging Leaders selective teacher leadership program run by New Leaders; it argues that appropriate preparation strategies and clear expectations must be in place for teacher leaders to be most effective.

Changing Methods and Mindsets: Lessons from Innovate NYC

In 2010, the New York City Department of Education created an Office of Innovation, or iZone, to introduce personalized learning and blended learning programs in district schools. This report presents lessons learned from implementation from 2012 to 2014 and lays out steps districts can follow to successfully implement innovative practices and reshape procurement processes necessary to develop new instructional tools and instructional practices.

Building a Foundation: How Technology-Rich Project-Based Learning Transformed Talladega County Schools

This case study focuses on Talledega School District, a high-poverty, rural district in Alabama, and its transition from a traditional school curriculum to a project-based curriculum integrating technology. The case study outlines how the district prepared for the new model: retraining teachers, redesigning school facilities, and engaging with the community. Performance results and graduation rates in the district have continued to improve following implementation of the new system.

Building a Stronger Principalship, Volume 4: Evaluating and Supporting Principals

Fourth in a series of reports by Wallace Foundation on principalship, this report examines the progress districts participating in the Principal Pipeline Initiative have made in implementing systems to evaluate and support principals using clear standards. The districts worked on refining their evaluation processes to focus on helping principals improve as instructional leaders by identifying areas of weakness and providing tools to support growth. 

Ensuring High-Quality Teacher Talent

This report examines ways districts can work with teacher preparation programs to ensure all students have access to high-quality teachers. A roadmap for how districts and teacher preparation programs may work together is included, along with 10 key recommendations and accompanying examples of effective partnerships.

Teacher Retention, Mobility and Attrition in Kentucky Public Schools From 2008 to 2012

In an analysis of state-level data, this study on teacher retention in Kentucky found that teachers under the age of 31 and over the age of 50 are more likely to leave the profession than teachers between those ages and that teacher retention rates are lower in schools with high percentages of free- or reduced-price lunch-eligible students.

2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook

The National Council on Teacher Quality’s ninth annual teacher policy yearbook presents evaluations of policies in all states in teacher policy areas, including teacher retention, expanding the teaching pool, and professional development.

A Foot in the Door: Exploring the Role of Student Teaching Assignments in Teachers’ Initial Job Placements

This working paper from the Center for Education Data and Research presents findings about the teacher hiring process from a study analyzing data from Washington state on prospective teachers and student teaching assignments. The study found that the location of student teaching assignments is predictive of first teaching positions, and that more qualified student teachers tend to take student teaching assignments in more advantaged districts, which could impact the inequitable distribution of highly effective teachers.

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015

Developed by a consortium of national school leader organizations, this publication takes a new look at the education leadership landscape and presents new professional standards to guide educational leaders as they work to improve student outcomes.


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