Support for Instructional Leadership

Publication date: 
June, 2016
Wallace Foundation

Support for Instructional Leadership

With school leadership second only to teaching among school-related influences on student learning, principals can play an important role in school success.

But how do their districts promote their effectiveness, especially in improving teaching?

Based on a survey of the American School Leader Panel, a representative sample of principals from across the United States, this report explores the prevalence and quality of three important on-the-job supports for school leaders: supervision, mentorship and professional development (as defined by at least a day focused on principals).

The good news is that two-thirds of principals report receiving some support. The bad news is that more than two thirds (68 percent) report that they don’t receive all three sources of help...

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