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Leadership Matters: A Call to Action

Duration: 12:43

“We have no good schools without good principals.” – Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education; former CEO, Chicago Public Schools

This 12-minute video, Leadership Matters: A Call to Action, is part of a documentary film project on school principals and 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.

THE PRINCIPAL STORY follows the journey of two elementary school principals throughout a school year as they strive to improve student achievement and implement school reform. Featured are novice principal Tresa D. Dunbar of the Henry H. Nash Elementary School in Chicago and veteran principal Kerry Purcell of Harvard Park Elementary School in Springfield, Ill. Their stories unfold in an hour-long documentary film that illustrates the struggles and successes these leaders encounter. In addition, a 23-minute clip reel, available on the film’s supplemental outreach DVD and website, draws from the documentary to highlight four themes critical to effective school leadership:

1. Stewardship of a vision;
2. Leading instructional improvement;
3. Creating the instructional environment; and
4. Holding people accountable.

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Post Date: July 21, 2009