Information and evidence in this snapshot can be found in:
- The Influence of Principal Leadership on Classroom Instruction and Student Learning: A Study of Mediated Pathways to Learning
- The Role of Teacher Leadership in How Principals Influence Classroom Instruction and Student Learning
- Examining Integrated Leadership Systems in High Schools: Connecting Principal and Teacher Leadership to Organizational Processes and Student Outcomes
- Two more forthcoming papers
Principals are often seen as the primary agents of change to improve student achievement in their schools. Yet the role of the principal is complex, and there are many ways that principals might potentially influence classroom instruction and student learning. What matters most? Researchers used data from hundreds of schools to learn how principals were most effective at achieving higher learning gains on standardized tests. Then, they visited 12 schools, interviewing principals and teachers, to see firsthand what principals in schools with improving learning gains were doing that principals in schools without improving learning gains were not.