Recent Research on Leadership

6 skills to resolve conflicts with teachers and parents while buffering relationships

It’s only human to work around conflicts or avoid them rather than deal directly with them. Unfortunately, few problems just quietly and conveniently slink away. Conflicts have a way of turning into crises and when they do, you jeopardize the very relationships you wanted to protect by procrastinating, says a new study in Educational Administration… Tell Me More »

8 lessons from most-improved schools on building a collaborative culture

Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships,  super athlete  Michael Jordan once said about collaboration. Every school has its star teachers, but to truly win the “championship” and ensure that all students in all classrooms are learning optimally, teachers must constantly share what they know about instruction in a truly collaborative work environment. What can you… Tell Me More »

Middle school teachers cite biggest obstacle to increasing the challenge of instruction

“Some kids come in with a little sign that says I’m only going to do this, okay, so don’t expect too much of me.”  –Middle school teacher Pressures on teachers to make instruction more challenging come from above (administrators and policymakers), within (one’s own sense of self-efficacy) and below (student pushback). In a study published… Tell Me More »

School leaders affect learning through 4 pathways

School leaders can have significant positive effects on student learning but since these effects are indirect, it is especially difficult to understand how this influence works. A new study in Educational Administration Quarterly has proposed a Four Paths model to understand the effects of school leadership on student outcomes. The 4 paths through which leadership… Tell Me More »

5 ways teachers respond to new policies and initiatives

How do you get teachers to change the way they teach reading? New policies and initiatives are easy for teachers to ignore. But, when suggestions and recommendations come from their coaches, teachers are more likely to make changes in their practices, according to a new study in Reading Research Quarterly. The study examined to what… Tell Me More »

To manage principals, keep focus on competencies of job, study says

Busy superintendents and district administrators often send principals an implicit message about how they will be supervised:  “Do your job and I won’t bother you unless something goes wrong.” In the current era of principal accountability, that hands-off approach no longer works, says a recent article in AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice.  It’s important… Tell Me More »

75 teacher evaluation products detailed online

Want to make changes in how teachers are evaluated in your school and district? The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality  (TQ Center) has developed an online resource to help you select from among the many teacher evaluation tools that are currently being implemented and tested in districts and states throughout the country. The guide… Tell Me More »

“Harassing supervision” a symptom of flaws in teacher evaluation, removal policies

A surprising number of principals report using a practice known as “harassing supervision” when they feel that removing teachers through normal channels is too difficult, says a recent article in Phi Delta Kappan focusing on research in the Chicago public schools system. Principals engage in “harassing supervision” when their goal is to make teachers uncomfortable… Tell Me More »

Teach for America data is ideal for studying traits of effective teachers, psychology study says

Teaching is a tough, often demoralizing job.  This raises the question: How important are positive traits such as life satisfaction, optimistic outlook and sheer grit in determining a teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom? A recent study in the Journal of Positive Psychology says data from the Teach for America (TFA) program provided the ideal laboratory… Tell Me More »