President and Mrs. George W. Bush today participated in a roundtable conversation with community and school leaders to discuss education leadership and the importance of attracting and supporting great principals, part of the Bush Institute’s focus on education reform.
President and Mrs. Bush were joined by Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner, and other education leaders for the conversation at Edward J. Briscoe Elementary in Fort Worth.
The roundtable coincided with the Bush Institute’s release this week of two related major studies on education leadership: a principal preparation evaluation study and the Principal Talent Management Framework, developed through the Bush Institute’s Alliance to Reform Education Leadership.
Of in-school factors, principals are second only to classroom teachers when it comes to impact on student learning. Despite the influence that principals can have, more rigorous research and information to guide schools and districts on how to prepare, recruit, support, and retain the most effective school leaders is needed.
The Bush Institute’s new studies look at effective ways to evaluate principal preparation and describe how districts can implement and update policies to get, support, and keep great principals.