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The State’s Role in Addressing Teacher Shortages Today to Sustain the Profession in the Future

In the wake of the pandemic, teacher shortages continue to present challenges for school districts as they work to find qualified and prepared teachers to fill K–12 classrooms.

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Resource Allocation Reviews: Lessons Learned Over Four Years—Q&A With Alicia Bowman and Tia Taylor

Today, state education agencies (SEAs) are at various ​​stages ​of ​​conducting ​ESSA-required resource allocation reviews (RARs) ​to support​ ​local education agencies (LEAs) ​that serve ​a significant number of ​low-performing schools. ​In this Q&A​, RAR ​​project leads​​ ​​​with ​the Region 15 Comprehensive Center​ (R15CC)​, Alicia Bowman and Tia Taylor, talk about what they have learned over four years of working with states to create processes that enable leaders to examine the connection between ​resource allocation and academic outcomes​.

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Utah Principal Supervisors’ Academy Report

The Utah Principal Supervisors’ Academy celebrated learning together in July, 2023. The University of Utah has evaluated UPSA’s first year, and we will release the short report by September 30, 2023. Watch for the data!


The Arizona Principal Supervisors’ Academy launches on September 15, 2023

The Arizona Principal Supervisors’ Academy launches on September 15, 2023, with an institute at the Phoenix Art Museum. 42 charter and public school supervisors from across the state converge with previous network members to launch this year of learning.


The Bridge Project launches on September 6, 2023

The Bridge Project launches on September 6, 2023 in Bloomington-Normal. Fifty-three aspiring principals who are all educators of color and women educators will join 12 school districts and state/national representatives in launching the network. This year, we will work collaboratively with Illinois ROE Lead Hubs, the Bridge Project prepares already-certified educators for the principalship and provides induction support in their first year. The project also works with districts, regions to improve access and strengthen the principal pipelines. 


New Principal Evaluation Approach Tailored to New Mexico Educators

Working with the New Mexico Public Education Department, Comprehensive Center 13 @ WestEd co-led a principal evaluation design team in 2022-23. The design team reviewed principal and superintendent data on principal evaluation design, and then created a new principal evaluation approach tailored to New Mexico educators. Watch for more news about the pilot test!


Leaders We Need Now Series released

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) released three research briefs on the changing principal profession, which were written collaboratively between WestEd and AIR. The Leaders We Need Now series resulted from 22 focus groups with 180 principals, nationwide. 

Upcoming Events

April 17 at 5:00 pm PDT - 6:00 pm PDT

The Bridge District Learning Network offers free professional development and coaching to district central office teams in Illinois through a year-long, voluntary opportunity for school district leaders to support the hiring, development and retention of principals through an equity lens.