Pamela Powell

Superintendents will need to bring the site leadership together to first discuss their role in improving academic performance, including eliminating the achievement gap; providing support to students and teachers for students who traditionally do not perform at a high level in math and science; providing professional development throughout the system using effective research models for implementation; and helping them to understand the short and long term impact on their participation. Professional Development must be offered to the principals outside of what is given to the teachers and it must be connected to results. Principal Coaches and mentors can be used to help create support for all principals including those who are resistant to systemic reform. K-12 articulation and on-going dialogue must take place so that principals at all grade levels see the connection and how their behavior and attitude can affect the system. Principals must be held closely accountable for results and should be rewarded if the results are positive.

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