ECS launches online toolkit for effective educational leadership

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) has released a new "Education Leadership Policy Toolkit," an online resource that provides information on effective education leadership policies and practices. Created with support from the MetLife Foundation, the toolkit organizes information into eight key categories that represent the common leadership factors in all of the studied districts: Vision, Governance, Relationships, Culture, Human Development, Instruction, Evaluation, and Resource Allocation. Within each category, users can find exemplary policies and practices, recommendations, and key elements of effective leadership at three different levels: state, district, and school. Additionally, the site features case studies on the challenges and successes of three different districts: Boston; National City, California; and Memphis, Tennessee. Each case study features audio clips of a teacher, a principal, and the district superintendent describing how change was implemented, and what conditions and beliefs are essential for effective and successful school leadership.

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