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CSF 3: Increase Leadership Effectiveness
Leadership effectiveness targets the need for leadership on campus to exhibit characteristics and skills known to promote and implement positive educational change. Of the elements proven to have the greatest degree of impact on student achievement, school leadership is second only to classroom instruction . Examples of successful school turnaround efforts without effective leadership are rare (Leithwood, Louis, Anderson, & Wahlstrom, 2004).
Supporting Components
Key strategies establish the foundation for each Critical Success Factor. The activities supporting each CSF must be thoughtfully developed by stakeholders to ensure each campus initiative is successful. The strategies noted here, when implemented correctly, can support the development of each Critical Success Factor. While the following is not a definitive list, the evidence-based components provided here are proven to show a high rate of success.
  • On-going Job Embedded Professional Development
  • Operational Flexibility
  • Resource/Data Utilization
ESEA Turnaround Principle: Provide Strong Leadership
Providing strong leadership by (1) reviewing the performance of the current principal; (2) either replacing the principal if such a change is necessary to ensure strong and effective leadership, or demonstrating to the SEA that the current principal has a record in improving achievement and has the ability to lead the turnaround effort; and (3) providing the principal with the operational flexibility in the areas of the scheduling, staff, curriculum, and budget.

Web pages:


Effective Principal Leadership: The Wallace Foundation


School Improvement

Education Leadership: Coaching

Principal's Time Use and School Effectiveness
School principals have complex jobs. To better understand the work lives of principals, this study uses observational time use data for all high school principals in one district. This article examines the relationship between the time principals spent on different types of activities and school outcomes, including student achievement, teacher and parent assessments of the school, and teacher satisfaction.

School Leaders Matter
Measuring the impact of effective principals - This study provides new evidence on the importance of school leadership by estimating individual principals’ contributions to growth in student achievement. The approach is quite similar to studies that measure teachers’ “value added” to student achievement, except that the calculation is applied to the entire school.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen Covey

Daniel Pink

The Skillful Leader: Confronting Mediocre Teaching
Platt, Tripp, Ogden, and Fraser

Classroom Instruction that Works
Robert Marzano

Built to Change
Lawler and Worley

Cognitive Coaching 
Costa & Garmston

The 360 Degree Leader 
John Maxwell

Crucial Conversations
Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler

Emotional Intelligence
Daniel Coleman

Learning By Doing 

Franklin Covey: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Training

Franklin Covey Leadership Modular Series Training

Institute of Developmental Coaching

First Time Campus Administrator Academy

Teacher Evaluation and Support System (TTESS)

Cohort of Leadership Associates

Bexar Prep

Session Offerings

Sessions offered at Education Service Center, Region 20, are available for registration at Connect20

Additionally, customized sessions are available for campuses and districts.

For more information, please contact Shannon Allen (210)370-5481.

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