Review of Research: How Leadership Influences Student Learning

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Review of Research: How Leadership Influences Student Learning

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University of Minnesota, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement




This report examines the available evidence and offers educators, policymakers and all citizens interested in promoting successful schools, some answers to the questions: How leadership matters, how important those effects are in promoting the learning of all children, and what the essential ingredients of successful leadership are This research is part of a 5-year, $3.5 million research project funded by the Wallace Foundation (New York) examining the effect of educational leadership on student achievement. The results of this study describe the nature of successful leadership practices at the state, district and school levels. The study is also identifying how those practices shape instructional behaviors of teachers which ultimately lead to improved student learning.


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Leithwood, Kenneth; Seashore, Karen; Anderson, Stephen; Wahlstrom, Kyla; Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. (2004). Review of Research: How Leadership Influences Student Learning. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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