Letter From Jamie Woodson: Developing Principals Who Can Lead People And Drive Learning
“Great leaders create great school culture where students want to come to learn. One of the opportunities for growth for Tennessee education is to ensure that we have the correct leadership aligned to every school to make sure we have success in every school.” – Dexter Murphy, Upper School Dean, Emerald Academy Public Charter School, Knoxville
The quote above is one SCORE used in Excellence For All: How Tennessee Can Lift Our Students To Best In The Nation to help frame the priority of developing school leaders who are ready to lead learning and people. Research and the on-the-ground experience that Dexter Murphy articulates so well tell us that excellent teaching and great leadership are the most important drivers of student achievement inside a school. Excellence For All has set a vision to 2025 that elevates excellence in teaching and leadership in our state.
To improve student achievement, principals must prioritize instruction and the development of a team of highly effective educators. To do this, Tennessee must ensure that leader preparation programs are preparing and supporting principals for their roles as leaders of instruction and people, as well as the other diverse responsibilities inherent in school leadership.
This week the Tennessee State Board of Education votes on new policies that lay the ground work for improved data reporting on leadership preparation programs, a good first step. And, SCORE is focusing on the topic of school leadership this month in a series of blog posts on The SCORE Sheet that explore the many aspects and opportunities around school leadership in Tennessee. [Read More at SCORE]