Pittsburgh Principal Leadership Program Evaluated
Education Week - over 4 years
In 2008, I wrote a feature article about a principal-training program in Pittsburgh that was wrapping up its first year. Called the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership System for Excellence, or PULSE, the initiative included a new evaluation system for principals, a leadership academy and private coaching for principals and central office staff members.
"We had to move on everything at once, because we weren't doing any of it," the superintendent at the time, Mark Roosevelt (Teddy's great-grandson), told me.
And now four years after the program began (how time flies!) the RAND Corp. research group has come out with a report offering an assessment of the program's effect on the 25,000-student school system. RAND is based in Santa Monica, Calif., but it has an office in Pittsburgh. The district plans to continue the work of PULSE, but RAND analyzed only the years that were funded by a federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant, which included the 2007-08 through 2010-11 school years.In
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