The below four video vignettes feature innovative examples of efforts to strengthen education leadership in diverse settings around the country. After watching the videos, viewers can use the accompanying conversation guides to help them more deeply investigate the issues, strategies and actions raised by the videos.
Closing the Achievement Gap: Oregon’s Bold Plan
For over 30 years, Oregon has been committed to developing a diverse K-12 educator workforce with the skills necessary to educate all students—that is, educators who are “culturally competent.” This video vignette features the state’s effort to embrace its rapidly changing student demographics by preparing its school leaders to meet this challenge and highlights the work of a principal of a dual-language elementary school in Beaverton, Oregon.
The NYC Leadership Academy
The NYC Leadership Academy, an independent nonprofit organization, recruits, develops and supports school leaders with the skills and knowledge it takes to improve student learning. It focuses on preparing principals for New York City’s highest-need schools. This vignette features the Leadership Academy’s success in training aspiring principals to work in challenging school environments. It highlights a Leadership Academy graduate who has begun to turn around an underperforming elementary school in just three years.
SAM I AM: Making the Time for Effective Instructional Leadership
The national School Administration Manger (SAM) Project helps principals understand how they use their time, gives them a staff person (the “SAM”) to help carry out operations responsibilities and works with the principal on strategies to lead instruction. This vignette explores how the SAM Project helps school leaders focus more of their time on teaching and learning and features a principal/SAM team in Louisville, Kentucky.
Building a Better Pipeline to the Principalship: The SABLE Story
In response to a shortage of qualified leaders, the Atlanta Public Schools developed the Superintendent’s Academy for Building Leaders in Education (SABLE), which prepares aspiring principals with the specific standards, core values, knowledge and skills required to lead the district’s schools. This video vignette looks at SABLE through the experiences of participants, district leaders and graduates, and demonstrates the benefits it has brought to the district.