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The Wallace Report

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“All organizations need effective leaders to succeed, and schools are no exception,” writes Paul Manna, a political scientist at the College of William & Mary and expert on state education policy. In his new report, commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, Manna identified three areas available to state leaders to help principals be well trained and supported on the job: setting policy agendas, suggesting key policy levers, and considering state and local contexts that affect practice.

Read about the Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA) and the effort to bring high-quality principal training to North Carolina’s rural districts on page 28 of the report. Ms. Swanson, quoted in the report, is the principal of Martin Millennium Academy in Tarboro, NC, and a graduate of NELA’s first class.

“Developing Excellent School Principals to Advance Teaching and Learning: Considerations for State Policy” can be downloaded from the Wallace Foundation’s Knowledge Center or accessed here: http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/school-leadership/state-policy/Pages/Developing-Excellent-School-Principals.aspx.

Based in New York City, The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of the arts for everyone. The Wallace Foundation has five major initiatives underway including strengthening the leadership of principals and other key figures in schools to improve student achievement.”