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Education Project Results in Resources for School Leadership to Recruit, Support, and Retain Principals

Participants in the school Leadership Initiative discuss the findings and recommendations from the five-year program at the Bush Center, December 2022. (Photo courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center)

On October 13, the George W. Bush Institute Education team hosted the final School Leadership Initiative Convening of Partners. This was a national gathering of partners and leaders of organizations that support and influence school principals. The team shared research findings and key tools from the cohort including a final review of the program, framework resources and guidebooks for principles and school leadership. During the meeting, attendees heard from cohort members about their experience and discussed policy priorities that support principals.

This convening wrapped up the work on this project and served as a conversation to broadly communicate these important findings and start the conversation on what comes next for increasing opportunity and accountability in school leadership for years to come. The attendees were grateful for the resources provided and for the thoughtful conversation with other inspiring school leaders ready and willing to make a positive change in their districts.

The School Leadership District Cohort, which started in 2017, included four school districts – Austin ISD, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Ft. Worth ISD, and Granite Public Schools – that served as learning and research partners. The project team tested two frameworks on talent management and program implementation with each of the participating districts to better understand how to equip school districts to recruit, support, and retain highly effective school leaders.

While this project may have concluded, the work is not done! The Bush Institute Education team will continue to explore new ways to engage and support school leadership in order to ensure accountability and opportunity for our nation’s students.

Hear from participants below:

Raúl Peña, Chief Talent Officer for Fort Worth Independent School District

Felicia Sanders, Chief Schools Officer at Chicago Public Schools

Cheryl Camacho, Vice President of The Chicago Public Education Fund