The technical assistance briefing, made at the invitation of Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, centered on a presentation by Wallace President Will Miller called “Strengthening the School Leadership Pipeline and Connections to Federal Policy" as well as a Q&A with four school leadership experts.
Miller reviewed evidence from the foundation's 15-plus years of research and fieldwork in school leadership, including that leaders are second only to teachers among in-school factors affecting student achievement. He also discussed the opportunity in the federal Higher Education Act to improve the preparation and support of school leaders, along with specific legislative recommendations.
The experts—Paul Fleming, assistant commissioner, Tennessee Dept. of Education; Wendy Robinson, superintendent, Fort Wayne Community Schools; Steve Tozer, director, Center for Urban Education Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago; and LaTarsha Green, principal, Dawes Elementary School, Evanston/Skokie School District—offered perspectives on school leadership from the vantage point of a state education agency, an urban district, a university-based principal preparation program, and a school.