Great principals attract and retain great teachers. Without great principals, we know it is difficult to support and empower effective teachers in our schools. The leadership level of a principal and teacher also has an impact on the level of family and parent engagement and leadership that exists in a school. Teachers have a transformative effect on our students in preparing them for the 21st century. Moreover, research concludes that school leadership is second only to teaching among school-related factors that impact student learning
The Public Education Foundation’s Leadership Institute of Nevada has been identifying, developing and inspiring good-to-great leaders from Nevada since 2011. In 2016, with the support of the State of Nevada, through the Great Teaching and Leading Fund, The Public Education Foundation launched the Teacher Leader Academy. Working with classroom teachers, the Academy engages true “cage busting” strategies and cultivates a new mindset impacting their classroom and their schools where they deploy good-to-great strategies.
The Clark County School District is one of many districts across the nation experiencing a shortage in the teacher and principal pipeline. Fewer and fewer college students are choosing teaching as a profession. The Public Education Foundation is addressing this through the Executive and Teacher Leadership initiatives. The PEF also partners with local initiatives such as NV Succeeds’ What’s Next Nevada and the UNLV Teacher Pipeline Consortium.
With this being a national crisis, deans of colleges of education from across the nation are engaging in initiatives like Deans for Impact to address this challenge. The Public Education Foundation collaborates with education leaders from across the United States in developing and increasing the capacity of local administrators and teachers by exposing them to cage busting strategies that will ignite innovation and stretch the way we think about and deliver teacher recruitment, retention, evaluation and professional development in Nevada.