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Defining Principal Effectiveness: Lessons from the Field on the Principal’s Role in Student Achievement and Teacher Quality

Recorded on April 26, 2011

School principals play a crucial role in translating recent reforms into results for children. Principal training, support, and evaluation can help principals fill that role.

This archived webinar presents a framework for principal effectiveness and expectations for principal practice based on field research conducted by New Leaders for New Schools in high-poverty public schools.

Ben Fenton, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer for New Leaders for New Schools, shares New Leaders’ findings on the principal actions demonstrated by principals who made significant gains in student achievement.

The framework focuses in particular on the role that principals play in ensuring quality teachers throughout a school, and on the principal’s role in creating a shared vision and culture around student success.

The webinar includes:

  • short cases and vignettes of principals who have demonstrated these key practices
  • suggestions for current school leaders
  • recommendations for district and state leaders around new approaches for principal evaluation, principal preparation, and principal management

Karen Kearney, former Project Director of the Leadership Initiative at WestEd, moderates this webinar.

Webinar Presenter(s):

Karen Kearney
Ben Fenton Ben Fenton

Materials from the Webinar