Videos Showcase Engaging School Leadership

A new series of videos presents successful school leaders in action, demonstrating five key practices found to be effective in improving teaching and learning. The videos are free resources that may be a helpful tool for principal preparation programs.

Two years ago, the Wallace Foundation wrapped up a decade of research by identifying five practices principals can use to guide their schools to better teaching and learning:

  1. Shaping a vision of academic success for all students
  2. Creating a climate hospitable to education
  3. Cultivating leadership in others
  4. Improving instruction
  5. Managing people, data, and processes to foster school improvement

The Wallace Foundation partnered with PBS affiliate WNET (New York City) to produce the videos that bring these practices to life. In addition to showing principals in action, the videos include interviews with principals and their staff as well as discussion questions for viewers.

AACTE is a communications partner for the Wallace Foundation and its Principal Pipeline Initiative, a multiyear program to strengthen the preparation and support of school leaders in urban districts in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, and North Carolina—some of which are profiled in the new videos. As research and effective practices emerge from this initiative, AACTE shares them through webinars and other professional development, including Annual Meeting sessions. We’ve also surveyed our members to better understand the characteristics and quality of higher education-based principal preparation programs.

For more information on the Principal Pipeline Initiative and AACTE’s work with the Wallace Foundation, contact AACTE Vice President for Member Engagement and Support Rodrick Lucero at

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Tim Finklea

Director of Member Engagement, AACTE