Two decades of research makes clear that committed leaders who understand instruction and can develop the capabilities of teachers and of schools are the key to positive educational outcomes. Studies have shown a positive correlation between school leadership that works and academic achievement. Other studies demonstrate a growing problem with finding, supporting and retaining school principals and other school leaders. Frequent turnover among school leaders costs schools in recruitment replacement, lost productivity, and lowered academic achievement.
Traditional professional development training for school leaders from universities, state departments of education, and school districts do not go far enough and have recognized limitations, such as:
· No ongoing follow-up to support the on-the-ground transfer of learning in real life situations, limiting the application of leadership learning.
· Typical annual performance reviews often do not focus on leadership skills, beyond minimum requirements, leaving school leaders without the tools they need to strengthen skills.
· Mentoring—providing guidance to a school colleague—is not leadership coaching, and while helpful does not go far enough. —— Coaching focuses on developing new competencies, qualities and ways of being that support effective school leadership.
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—Jana Rickerson, LCSW, Director, Public Health, Family Mosaic Project, Bay Area, San Francisco, CA