The Wallace Foundation’s two-day national conference – Education Leadership: An Agenda for School Improvement – centered on four themes:

  • Defining effective leadership: What have we learned?
  • From the statehouse to the classroom: aligning leadership policy
  • The view from Capitol Hill: federal and state policy
  • Looking forward: creating 21st-century leaders

School leadership has gained more prominence in the education reform agendas of policymakers at all levels of public education – federal, state and district. Armed with a body of new research, the field is more knowledgeable than ever about what it takes to prepare school leaders who are up to the tasks of improving student achievement and turning around failing schools – and what support and conditions are needed to ensure that those leaders are successful. To find out more about this important issue, take a look at the educational leadership section of Wallace’s Knowledge Center.