Principals can have a powerful impact on schools by promoting effective teaching and leadership practices. A new report titled “What It Takes to Operate and Maintain Principal Pipelines” explores the costs and resources needed to develop systems for preparing, hiring, and supporting school leaders. 

“Excellent principals don’t have to be a luxury reserved for affluent communities, according to new research from the RAND Corporation. The report examines a program developed in six large school districts — Charlotte, Denver, and New York City among them — between 2011 and 2016 to hire great school leaders, partially financed by grants from the Wallace Foundation.

While spending substantially less money each year than they dedicated to school meals, authorities were able to construct principal pipelines that could channel more talent into administrative positions.

Experts say searching for better leaders, and keeping them in place once they’ve been found, is key to school improvement.”

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