Great leaders produce great schools. We work with educational leaders at all levels to build their capacity and skills to plan and support continuous improvement, communicate goals and expectations, build staff capacity and morale, motivate others to action, allocate resources, and evaluate results. We also work with policymakers, state education agency staff, superintendents, principals, and other experts in the field to increase knowledge about the role of effective leaders.

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“This book is a priceless resource for leaders who wish to transform the culture of their school to one where adults work together in order to ensure student engagement and academic success.” — Carolyn Powers, Director of Elementary Administration, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Indiana
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Demystifying Professional Learning Communities: School Leadership at Its Best (2010)

This book outlines an approach to school improvement that uses professional learning communities (PLCs) to embed leadership in the entire school community rather than making it the responsibility of one person. The publication includes examples and case studies to clarify the concept of a PLC and how it can be used to address critical issues in schools and support education leaders in meeting mandates for accountability and school improvement. Read more

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Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC): The SECC provides professional development and technical assistance to the state education agencies of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina to build their capacity to support districts and schools engaged in improvement efforts, including support for leadership. Work varies by state.

Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC): The TXCC provides professional development and technical assistance to the Texas Education Agency and the state’s 20 regional education service centers to build their capacity to support districts and schools engaged in improvement efforts, including support for leadership.

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest: The REL Southwest assists the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas in using data and research evidence to address high-priority education needs in the region. The project addresses school improvement through several of its research alliances. For example, the Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance seeks to use data and research evidence to inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of educator effectiveness initiatives and policies across the REL Southwest region, with an initial focus on Texas. 


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Image of publication cover SEDL Insights, Vol. 1, No. 1: Leadership Actions for Transforming Schools
Effective leadership is a crucial part of school improvement. Yet leaders at schools in the process of transformation often struggle with how to best guide their staff and students to better outcomes. Our experiences serving as turnaround principals in Texas and South Carolina and then working with underperforming schools while at SEDL have revealed insights on the core actions that leaders take in successfully leading school transformations. These actions can create the conditions needed to shape a school culture where teaching and learning can improve.
Image of publication cover Southeast Comprehensive Center eBulletin, Volume 2, Number 2: The Challenge of Educational Leadership
Image of publication cover Promoting Technology Leadership
This series of professional development activities is designed for school administrators who need to help school leaders learn more about technology planning and integration for their campus or school district.
Image of publication cover SEDL Letter, Volume XVII, Number 2: Leadership for Learning
This issue of SEDL Letter discusses strategies that can help education leaders ensure that students are well served.
Image of publication cover The Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle: Introduction
The professional teaching and learning cycle (PTLC) is a professional development process in which teachers collaboratively plan and implement lessons aligned to state standards. PTLC is a critical component of the Working Systemically approach that directly impacts classroom instruction and student learning.
Image of publication cover Leadership: An Imperative for Successful Change: Issues About Change, Volume 1, Number 2
Originally published in 1991 and revised in 2000, this paper reviews the literature on leaders' strategies for school change, identifies five strategies, and describes how the strategies are applied at the district and local school levels.
Image of publication cover Leading Change from the Classroom: Teachers as Leaders: Issues About Change, Volume 4, Number 4
This paper discusses what teacher leadership is, why it is important, and what we know about the working lives of teacher-leaders.

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