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Shaping a Vision of Academic Success for All Students: A Roadmap of Key Processes and Effective Practices

As a part of the Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative, GLISI developed this roadmap, prepared for principals, by principals. It captures the key practices that have worked for the participating…

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Identifying Teacher Leaders: Getting the Right People in the Right Positions

Most new principals learn quickly that their new job is simply too big for one person. While the principal’s role is taking on ever-increasing complexity, research is clear that instruction…

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Starting with Why: How District Leaders Drive Change

How did leaders in a rural school district in middle Georgia consistently improve math outcomes for traditionally underperforming students? That is the driving question of GLISI’s third report in it’s Conditions for Success case study…

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Cultivating Teacher Leadership: GLISI Research Brief

Education journals, conferences, and new books everywhere emphasize how important teacher leaders are to effective teaching and learning in schools. With so much visibility, many principals might be tempted to simply…

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Leading a Team to Analyze Root Causes Using Quality Tools (PBM)

To find the right solutions for deficiencies in students’ achievement, those who are working to solve the problems must determine what problem they are trying to solve, and the true…

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Giving Effective Performance Feedback (PBM)

Feedback is a response to a particular process or activity and is intended to provide useful information for future development. Performance improvement is largely dependent on frequent and specific feedback.…

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Conducting Effective Meetings to Improve Student Achievement & Organizational Effectiveness (PBM)

Conducting Effective Meetings is a Performance-based Module containing specific strategies and tools for improving the efficiency and productivity of group members in completing work assigned to them in a team…

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Providing Effective Instructional Feedback : GLISI Research Brief

The engine of school improvement is feedback. Though the education airspace is swirling with curriculum reforms and scheduling adjustments and improvement plans, the direct pathway to helping teachers to more effectively teach is via feedback about their teaching performance. Yet data tell us that few teachers, and even fewer principals, receive regular feedback that is concrete, specific, instructionally-relevant and likely to help them improve classroom instruction. But why? In this brief, we will explore the importance of providing effective performance feedback, highlight common barriers encountered by education leaders and teachers in the feedback process, and pose questions for district and school leaders to consider to make the feedback process more effective.

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Soft Skills Development in K-12 Education: GLISI Research Brief

Implementing Common Core is at the center of the current education spotlight. The attention of schools, legislators and media is squarely focused on implementing rigorous academic curriculum to ensure all students graduate college and career ready. Yet, research suggests that soft skills are equally important to student success after high school as strong academic performance. This research brief highlights some of the research on soft skills, and offers examples and tips for how pioneering educators are teaching these important skills across the K-12 spectrum.

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Supervising Principals: How Superintendents Can Improve Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

This resource examines the role superintendents as principal supervisors and their importance in building principals’ instructional leadership capacity and helping them advance student achievement, looking particularly at 3 high-leverage arenas in which superintendents can have the greatest impact on principals.

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