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Research shows that the quality of leadership is a critical factor affecting student achievement, teacher performance, and school culture, yet recent changes in educational policies and economics have often left school and district leaders more isolated and responsible for increasingly broad and complex roles and responsibilities. This has contributed to the growing frequency of leadership turnover, which is further complicated by the anticipated increases in retirements over the next several years. The loss of important, tacit knowledge that experienced leaders have gained in dealing with real-life challenges on the job poses a serious threat to educational quality and could have devastating effects on our schools.
This session will focus on a simulation driven approach that we are taking to accelerate the development of new or less experienced principals and superintendent– and in particular, to help them acquire the complex set of contextual understandings and skills that they need to make challenging decisions in the face of uncertainty and time pressure.