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Leader SEL Toolkit

Social and emotional skills are widely acknowledged to have a critical role in student success and, increasingly, education leaders also recognize the importance of developing SEL among the adults in…

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Teaming With Your Community (PBM)

Every school is part of a community. The official attendance area obviously includes the dwellings for the school’s students and their parents or guardians. It also includes a variety of…

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Collective Impact in Education: GLISI Research Brief

How can districts make their partnerships designed to improve student learning more effective? One new promising strategy is collective impact. Collective impact is a recently developed strategy that shows how like-minded organizations can join forces to bring about long-lasting positive change in their communities. Particularly, this brief examines how collective impact works in an educational context to improve student achievement and suggests ways to adapt the approach for success in rural settings.

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Conditions for Success: Community pride, sustained district focus, and teaching excellence in a rural Georgia county 

What did school and community leaders do that led to rural school success in third-grade reading? Researchers at GLISI found three conditions in a case study with implications for rural student achievement. This is the second in GLISI’s Conditions for Success series.

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Conditions for Success: A case study of leadership practice in a rural Georgia school district

The inaugural report in our Conditions for Success series, this document is the culmination of a study that explored what leaders were doing and what conditions were present in a small, rural school district in Georgia when the graduation rate increased by 15 or more percentage points from 2007 to 2010 among student groups that struggle with high school completion across the nation.

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The Effective Principal

This short article provides an overview of the five practices research has identified as critical to effective school leadership: 1) shaping a vision; 2) creating a climate hospitable to education; 3) cultivating leadership in others; 4) improving instruction; 5) and managing people, data, and processes.

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Urban Excellence Framework

This tool was created by New Leaders to identify successful practices in schools showing dramatic gains. The framework includes 5 categories of school practices, each of which is further divided into Key Levers that represent a subset of practices used in New Leaders’ highest performing schools.

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Eight Elements of High School Improvement: A Mapping Framework

This document offers an 8-point framework for driving systemic reform at the high school level, including a map for the roles of the school, the district, and the state.

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High School Improvement: Indicators of Effectiveness and School Level Benchmarks

This document is an extension of the Eight Elements of High School Improvement: A Mapping Framework. It provides a set of benchmarks that dig more deeply into the effectiveness indicators outlined in the Eight Elements and outlines practices that can be used at the building level to support high school improvement.

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