PK-12 leadership

IERC Publication: Use of the Illinois 5Essentials Survey Data (2014-2)

Brenda K. Klostermann, Bradford R. White, Eric J. Lichtenberger, and Janet K. Holt

This mixed-methods study examines how Illinois public school districts’ utilize the Illinois’ 5Essentials Survey and data.  More

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IERC Presentation: School Leadership in Illinois: Past, Present, and Future

Alicia Haller, Brenda Klostermann, Amber Stitziel Pareja, Pam Reilly, Steve Tozer; Moderator: Janet Holt

Janet Holt convened and moderated a panel on School Leadership in Illinois: Past, Present, & Future, which explored an overview of the Illinois principal preparation reforms, summarized the findings of current research investigating the leadership reforms’ implementation and provided an overview of what the future holds for Illinois and other states implementing school leadership reform. Panelists included Steve Tozer (UIC), Brenda Klostermann (IERC), Amber Stitziel Pareja (UChicago Consortium), Alicia Haller (CSEP), and Pam Reilly (2015 IL Teacher of the Year).  More

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IERC Presentation: Laboratories of Reform? Human Resource Management Strategies in Illinois Charter Schools

Bradford R. White

Many recent education policy initiatives have zeroed in on human resource (HR) management reforms. Because charter schools are granted additional flexibility in many areas of HR management, and because evidence suggests that many charter schools are exercising this flexibility, the charter school sector presents a promising venue to test this theory of action.  More

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IERC Publication: Evaluation of the Illinois High School to College Success Report (2013-2)

Brenda K. Klostermann

This mixed-methods evaluation study examined utilization, dissemination, and collaborative efforts with Illinois’ High School to College Success Report. Suggestions for improvement were also gathered.  More

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IERC Presentation: Restructuring Principal Preparation in Illinois: Perspectives on Implementation Successes, Challenges, and Future Outlook

Brenda Klostermannn and Amber Stitziel Pareja

Results of phase one of a implementation review study of Illinois’ new policy for principal preparation indicate that a majority of those interviewed support the policy goals and have a positive outlook on its future impact. Concerns about a constricted pipeline and strained resources were also expressed. Future policy implications are suggested.  More

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IERC Publication: The Principal Report: The State of Leadership in Illinois (2011-4)

Bradford R. White and Pooja K. Agarwal

This research marks the most comprehensive profile undertaken to date of Illinois principals. In this report, we highlight emerging trends among Illinois principals, synthesize key findings from the research, and offer recommendations for policy, practice, and preparation to enhance principals' ability to increase student achievement.   More

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IERC Publication: Principal Effects in Illinois: A Research Brief (2011-3)

Bradford R. White and Alex Bowers

This report, the fourth in an IERC series on public school principals in Illinois, summarizes recent research on the characteristics associated with principal effectiveness and examines Illinois data on the relationship between principal characteristics, student proficiency, and teacher qualifications.   More

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IERC Publication: The View from the Principal’s Office: Results from the IERC Principal Survey (2011-2)

Bradford R. White, Kathleen S. Brown, Erika Hunt, and Brenda K. Klostermann

This report, the third in an IERC series on public school principals in Illinois, summarizes the results of a survey of 877 Illinois public school principals conducted by the IERC in November 2010.   More

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IERC Publication: Principal Turnover in Illinois Public Schools, 2001-2008 (2011-1)

Karen J. DeAngelis and Bradford R. White

This report is the second in an IERC series on public school principals in Illinois.   More

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IERC Publication: The State of Leadership: Public School Principals in Illinois (2010-2)

Kathleen S. Brown and Bradford R. White

With and increasing focus on school accountability and instructional leadership, the principal currently resides at the focal point of multiple reform efforts.   More

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