Strong leadership development programs connect theory to practice
A 2005 review of research on successful leadership development programs showed that they emphasize content built upon a set of leadership standards
- Learning and instruction,
- The development of quality teaching and professional learning,
- Organizational development,
- Analysis and use of data to inform school improvement,
- Change management, and
- Leadership skills.
This content is delivered through problem-based learning methods that connect theory to specific instructional efforts at schools. Principals work with a coach or another practitioner who can guide reflection and provide feedback. They participate in groups that create opportunities for teamwork in practice-oriented situations. And there is close collaboration between the program and one or more partner school districts.