On December 13, the George W. Bush Institute Education team hosted the final School
Leadership Initiative Convening of Partners. Attendees included leaders from school
districts, nonprofit organizations, and state agencies who work closely with school
principals around the country.
The Bush team shared the findings from the district cohort research project along with
the frameworks and guidebooks created during the project. Attendees heard from
cohort members about their experience, discussed how to apply the research findings to
their own context, and highlighted policy priorities that can best support principals.
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 principal talent management and effective implementation with the
teams to better understand how to equip school districts to recruit, support, and retain
highly effective school leaders.
Hear from participants below: