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Compass Learning’s headquarters has three stories. Thirty-nine stairs separate the second floor from the basement. I’ve scaled those steps—three, four, sometimes seven times in a row—once to several times a week lately. I’m no health nut or exercise junkie. Still, when I feel brain-fogged, under-rested, or overwhelmed, working my way up and down those stairs [...]
School leadership is crucial
Our nation’s President stated more than a year ago that education reform is a top priority for his Administration because the “status quo is morally inexcusable, it’s economically indefensible, and all of us are going to have to roll up our sleeves to change.” The need for international competitiveness drives national policy regarding improvement of education, and states follow state and national mandates, which individual districts implement according to local policy and politics. But problems persist: The quality of instruction remains inconsistent. Disadvantaged students continue to fall behind their more fortunate peers, and trying to achieve excellence with reduced resources can be frustrating for educators.
Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school. — Leithwood, Louis, Anderson, and Wahlstrom
Leadership can make a difference. In fact, good leadership is crucial to maintaining operations of a school — and turning a school around requires an exceptional principal.