How Leadership Influences Student Learning

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How Leadership Influences Student Learning

Kenneth Leithwood is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at OISE/University of Toronto. His research and writing about school leadership, educational policy and organizational change is widely known and respected by educators throughout the English-speaking world. Dr. Leithwood has published more than 70 refereed journal articles and authored or edited two-dozen books.

Karen Seashore Louis is Professor of Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota, and past vice-president for Division A of the American Educational Research Association. Her research focuses on school organization and improvement, with a recent emphasis on teachers’ work and creating more democratic school environments. Her books include Improving the Urban High School: What Works and Why (with Matthew B. Miles), Leadership for change and school improvement: International perspectives (with Kathryn Riley) and Organizing for School Change (in press).

Stephen Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education at OISE/University of Toronto. His research and publications feature case studies and evaluations of government, school district and school-level efforts to develop teaching and leadership capacity to improve student learning in the United States, Canada, Africa and South Asia. He coauthored a recent research report for The Learning First Alliance on the school district role in improving teaching and learning (Beyond Islands of Excellence) and edited and contributed to a book of case studies of school improvement projects in East Africa, Improving Schools Through Teacher Development.

Kyla Wahlstrom is Director of CAREI at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the impact of change initiatives on teaching and learning, and leadership behavior in the work lives of teachers. A former teacher and principal, Dr. Wahlstrom’s findings on later start times for high schools have influenced school policies across the United States. Her research has been featured in a variety of media, ranging from the Congressional Quarterly to Rolling Stone Magazine to Newsweek and PBS’ Frontline.

This review of research also is available on our Web site:

The Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI)

conducts studies that provide empirical information about challenges confronting schools and practices that lead to educational improvement. To do our work evaluating educational change, CAREI marshals the resources of the College of Education and Human Development and those of the University of Minnesota.

For information on our programs, reports and resources, visit our Web site:

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)

is the largest professional school of education in Canada and among the largest in the world. It offers initial teacher education, continuing education, and graduate programs, all sustained by faculty who are involved in research across the spectrum of issues connected with learning.

Please visit our Web site for more information: www.oi​

The Wallace Foundation

The Wallace Foundation is an independent, national private foundation established by DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, the founders of The Reader's Digest Association. Its mission is to enable institutions to expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people. It does this by supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices.

To achieve this mission, The Wallace Foundation has three objectives:

  • Strengthen education leadership to improve student achievement
  • Improve after-school learning opportunities
  • Expand participation in arts and culture

For more information and research on education leadership:

University of Minnesota

Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement
College of Education and Human Development
275 Peik Hall / 159 Pillsbury Dr. S.E. Minneapolis, MN 55455-0208
Tel: 612-624-0300 Fax: 612-625-3086

University of Toronto

Ontario Institute for
Studies in Education

252 Bloor St. West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6

Tel: 416-978-2011
Fax: 416-926-4752


The Wallace Foundation

5 Penn Plaza, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Tel: 212-251-9700
Fax: 212-679-6990

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