Strong Leaders, Strong Achievement: Model Policy for Producing the Leaders to Drive Student Success

Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher: Education Commission of the States

Author(s): Gary Whiteley; Barbara Thompson; Kathy Christie

Research Area: Education

Keywords: Principals; Teaching Quality; Instructional Leadership; Model Policies

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


A good deal of research in the area of leadership has helped to generate broad agreement on what constitutes a comprehensive leadership program or policy. Positive measures such as the Educational Leadership Policy Standards (Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, or ISLLC) have helped inform the development and improvement of many leadership programs and policies. The risk, however, is that in implementing a "comprehensive" set of standards or requirements, those elements noted by research as most critical to improving achievement can simply become another box on a check-off list.

The purpose of this brief is to help reduce that risk by focusing on those factors most closely linked to student success. (Kathy Christie, Barbara Thompson and Gary Whiteley, Education Commission of the States, January 2009)...
Author: Kathy Christie, Barbara Thompson, Gary Whiteley