As Teach For America Corps Members we are highly articulate with the inner workings of “Teaching As Leadership” commonly known as TAL. (Bring back memories of Institute?) But what about the idea of PAL – Principal as Leader?
When compared to teacher effectiveness, few studies have been conducted around the idea of principal impact on student achievement. This seems strange, as The Wallace Foundation recently found that principal effectiveness is second to only teacher performance in terms of influences on student achievement. In fact, students with a highly effective principal boasted achievement at a rate 50 percent higher than those who do not.