Policies should support strong, quality leadership both within schools– teacher-leaders, counselors, principals, and more– and those outside of schools– superintendents and state leaders.
In school systems, the leadership role is paramount. School districts have enormous power to support principals and teachers in driving instructional improvement. Research has shown that when district leaders effectively address specific responsibilities, they have a profound, though indirect, positive impact on student achievement in their districts. Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to student achievement.
These are a variety of indicators that pertain to the state of education leadership in Georgia.
Georgia Department of Education. (2015). Georgia's Equity Plan - Equitable Access to Effective Educators.
Support the leader training, certification, and professional development reforms being developed and implemented by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
Implement and fully support the proposed recommendations concerning leader development in Georgia’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) proposed state plan, including an increased focus on effective leadership and professional capacity, equitable distribution of strong leaders, and leveraging the P-20 Collaboratives.
Develop a comprehensive, statewide plan to support the recruitment, training, and ongoing professional development of leaders at all levels, including schools, districts, school boards, and the state.
Address leadership turnover.