A recent study from the Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard University examines how leadership teams at fifteen different public high schools worked together to significantly raise student outcomes and narrow achievement gaps. How High Schools Become Exemplary: Ways that Leadership Raises Achievement and Narrows Gaps by Improving Instruction in 15 Public High Schools features outstanding secondary schools from Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, Texas, and Washington, DC.
According to the report, the leadership teams were successful by strategically focusing on improving the quality of education. These school leaders collaborated with other stakeholders, developed mission statements that provided accountability and benchmarks, carefully planned organized learning experiences for teachers, and clearly defined high-quality teaching and student work. One method that helped contribute to the schools’ progress was engaging the whole faculty, a sentiment that is echoed in the Learning from Leadership study featured above.
To learn more about the AGI study, visit http://www.agi.harvard.edu/events/2009Conference/2009AGIReport.php.