Leadership Matters:

A Call to Action 

Along with scenes from THE PRINCIPAL STORY, this executive video for policymakers and education leaders features commentary by ten education and policy experts. Their comments deepen the understanding of the critical and changing role school leadership plays in raising student achievement. Their insights can encourage discussion about the actions that states, districts and leader preparation programs can take to ensure that school leaders are well trained and supported on the job.

Conversation Guide for Leadership Matters: A Call to Action

A companion to the Leadership Matters video, this conversation guide has been organized around five central themes: leadership matters, preparing principals effectively, providing ongoing support, using data effectively and improving leader assessment. It includes questions to help intended audiences – state, district and local policymakers, university preparation program directors and others – more deeply investigate issues, strategies and actions that policymakers and educators can consider to strengthen school leadership. It was written in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association and The Wallace Foundation.


(Download the PDF of this Guide.)