Strong Leaders Strong Schools: 2009 School Leadership Laws

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 Strong Leaders Strong Schools: 2009 School Leadership Laws

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Augustine, Catherine, et al. Improving School Leadership: The Promise of Cohesive Leadership Systems. Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, 2009.

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Darling-Hammond, Linda, et al. Preparing School Leaders for a Changing World: Executive Summary. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University, Stanford Educational Leadership Institute, 2007.

DeVita, Christine M., Richard L. Colvin, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Kati Haycock. Education Leadership: A Bridge to School Reform. New York, N.Y.: The Wallace Foundation, 2007.

Fry, Betty, Kathy O’Neill, and Gene Bottoms. Schools Need Good Leaders Now: State Progress in Creating a Learning-Centered School Leadership System. Atlanta, Ga.: Southern Regional Education Board, 2007.

__________. Schools Can’t Wait: Accelerating the Redesign of University Principal Preparation Programs. Atlanta, Ga: Southern Regional Education Board, 2006.

Grossman, Tabitha. Building a High-Quality Education Workforce: A Governor’s Guide to Human Capital Development. Washington, D.C.: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, 2009.

Leithwood, Kenneth, et al. How Leadership Influences Student Learning. Minneapolis, Minn.: Center for Applied Research and Education Improvement, and Toronto, Ontario: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 2004.

National Association of State Boards of Education. Leveraging Policy: The Design of Cohesive Leadership Systems. Alexandria, Va.: NASBE, 2009;

New Leaders for New Schools. Principal Effectiveness: A New Principalship to Drive Student Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness and School Turnarounds. New York, N.Y.: New Leaders for New Schools, 2009.

Portin, Brad, Christopher Alejano, Michael Knapp, and Elisabeth Marzolf. Redefining Roles, Responsibilities and Authority of School Leaders. Seattle, Wash.: Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy, 2006.

Wallace Foundation. Becoming A Leader: Preparing School Principals for Today’s Schools. New York, N.Y.: The Wallace Foundation, 2008.

__________. Getting Principal Mentoring Right: Lessons from the Field. New York, N.Y.: The Wallace Foundation, 2007.


Sara Shelton is a senior policy specialist in NCSL’s Education Program. She is NCSL’s lead staff liaison to The Wallace Foundation’s national education leadership initiative, working on school leadership and school governance issues. Ms. Shelton received her Master’s of Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Montana.


Research and analysis in this report was funded by a generous grant from The Wallace Foundation. Improving leadership has been the sole focus of The Wallace Foundation’s efforts in education since 2000. The foundation has invested more than $300 million and worked directly with dozens of states, districts and researchers to develop and test ways to improve leadership and share lessons broadly. The National Conference of State Legislatures has partnered with The Wallace Foundation since 2000 to engage legislators and legislative staff in a national education leadership initiative. Resources on education leadership are available for download at


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