The Three Essentials
Improving Schools Requires District Vision, District and State Support, and Principal Leadership
This report describes the findings of SREB’s study of the role of the district office in creating the working conditions that principals need to improve teacher effectiveness and student performance. The Three Essentials of school improvement described in the report emerged from close observations of the inner workings of seven school districts, as SREB’s Learning-Centered Leadership Program sought to answer this essential question: What are the conditions school districts can create that make it possible for principals to be more effective in leading school improvement?
This report, part of the Challenge to Lead education goals series, examines the impact of an undereducated workforce and calls for making adult learning programs a priority across the SREB region especially during the current recession.