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School Leadership Hot Topics Podcast

Please take a listen to the new NGA Education School Leadership podcast series!  On School Leadership Hot Topics, nationally recognized education experts share their knowledge and insights on strategies and promising practices for advancing school leadership policies and priorities at the gubernatorial and state level.  Please also check out our earlier school leadership webinars that specifically focused on how governors and state education chiefs in Delaware, Louisiana and Tennessee are working together to improve school leadership in their states.  For additional information and resources on principals and school leaders, please visit the Wallace Foundation Knowledge Center.

Episode 1: Principal Pipelines

In this episode, Dr. Jackie Wilson, an assistant professor at the University of Delaware School of Education, shares her expertise and insights on the value of school leadership and strategies that governors and state policymakers can draw on to support the development and growth of principals and school leaders.  Dr. Wilson is also the director of the Delaware Academy for School Leadership and the executive director of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.  For more information on building effective principal pipelines, please read the new RAND Corporation report, Principal Pipelines: A Feasible, Affordable, and Effective Way for Districts to Improve Schools.

Episode 2: Learning Policy Institute

In this episode, Learning Policy Institute leaders discuss new reports on principal turnover; the impact of principal leadership and support on teacher shortages; and ways that states are using the Every Student Succeeds Act to develop and support principals and school leaders. The episode features Jessica Cardichon, director of federal policy and director of the Washington, D.C., office, and Stephanie Levin, research manager, speaking with Seth Gerson, NGA Education program director for K-12 initiatives.

Episode 3: New Leaders

In this episode, Sarah Rosenberg, senior director of policy for New Leaders, discusses research on the impact and key attributes of effective principals, and ways in which governors and states are moving forward in this area, including through the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Episode 4: Dr. Steve Tozer on Principal Preparation

In this episode, Dr. Steve Tozer of the University of Illinois-Chicago shares his insights on how governors and states can improve principal preparation and development; lessons learned from his work in Illinois and around the country to develop effective principals and school leaders; and an overview of current models of innovative university principal preparation partnerships. For more information on university principal preparation partnerships, please read the Wallace Foundation’s recent report, Launching a Redesign of University Principal Preparation Programs: Partners Collaborate For Change.

Episode 5: Deven Scott of the Education Commission of the States

In this episode, state relations strategist for the Education Commission of the States (ECS), Deven Scott, discusses ECS’s School Leadership Policy Primer for Policymakers, including levers the commission identified for advancing school leadership in states and examples of states that are elevating this work across the nation.

Episode 6: Dr. Paul Manna on Using ESSA to Help Prepare Principals

In this episode, Dr. Paul Manna of the College of William and Mary shares his insights on how governors and states can strengthen their preparation, development and support systems for school principals, including through the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Episode 7: Dr. Cortney Rowland on Principal Professional Development

In this episode, Dr. Cortney Rowland, the senior technical assistant consultant at the American Institutes for Research, shares the primary findings of her 2017 report, Principal Professional Development: New Opportunities for a Renewed State Focus. She also discusses the levers that governors and state policymakers can use to not only develop a strong pipeline of effective school leaders, but also continue to build upon the capacity of sitting principals.

Episode 8: Jason Dougal on International Examplars

In this final episode of the NGA Education School Leadership Hot Topics podcast, Jason Dougal, the chief executive officer of the National Institute for School Leadership and executive vice president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, discusses strategies for developing and supporting principals and school leaders. He also spotlights exemplars in principal development from high-performing education systems around the world.

We The States Podcast

We The States is the official podcast of the National Governors Association. Democracy starts with states, but what is the current state of our states? And how are our leaders preparing for what lies ahead? In this season of We The States, we’ll answer those questions with in-depth, thought-provoking conversations with governors, thought leaders and business innovators who gathered in Washington, D.C. for the National Governors Association’s 111th annual Winter Meeting in 2019.

Ahead of the Curve Podcast

Please have a listen to the new NGA innovation podcast series, Ahead of the Curve, featuring Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, the 2017-2018 NGA Chair, and experts from around the country who offer their insights into energy and transportation technology transformation. This series is part of the 2017-2018 NGA Chair’s Initiative, Ahead of the Curve: Innovation Governors.

Related Listening

Grid Geeks Podcast: NGA’s Sue Gander and Daniel Lauf discuss the recently released Ahead of the Curve roadmaps and the key policy considerations states should be thinking about as they navigate energy and transportation innovation. Listen here.

Homeland Security Podcast Series

The National Governors Association (NGA) partnered with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) to conduct a mini-podcast series within NJOHSP’s weekly podcast, “Intelligence. Unclassified.” The podcast provides unclassified information, updates on current events and public resources on a variety of homeland security issues. The mini-series highlights the role of homeland security advisors (HSAs) and the unique challenges they face.