What We Know About Successful School Leadership

January 1, 2003

This brief, prepared by a task force of the American Educational Research Association, "presents a summary of well-documented understandings about education leadership at the school building level." The basics of school leadership, the authors conclude, "focus on setting direction for the school, developing people, and developing the organization." Many of the findings in this research brief emphasize the need for leaders to develop professional learning communities that support teacher leadership for student growth and achievement.



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