Educational leadership can have strong, positive, although indirect, effects on student
learning. The full report of our study—Learning from Leadership: Investigating the Links to
Improved Student Learning—provides evidence and analyses to substantiate this claim. As
well, our study also unpacks how such leadership has these strong positive effects. Leaders in
education—including state-level officials, superintendents and district staff, principals,
school board members, teachers and community members enacting various leadership
roles—provide direction for, and exercise influence over, policy and practice. Their contributions
are crucial, our evidence shows, to initiatives aimed at improving student learning.
Wahlstrom, Kyla; Seashore, Karen; Leithwood, Kenneth; Anderson, Stephen.
Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning: Executive Summary of Research Findings.
The Wallace Foundation.
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