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Researcher School Administrators Needed to Lead Teachers of Tomorrow

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareTIPSHEET CONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE: (713) 831-4794 RESEARCHER: SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS NEEDED TO LEAD TEACHERS OF TOMORROWPublic policymakers should invest in administrators who have the management skills needed to lead classroom teachers instead of spending more money on new facilities, new computers and other indirect causes of educational outcomes, aRice University professor says. Investments should be made in school administrators who can cultivate outstanding performance by teachers because classroom instructors are the direct cause of student performance, says Steven C. Currall, assistant professor of administrative science andpsychology at Rice.“Public policymakers should apply more heat to administrators,” Currall says. “Good administrators should be rewarded, financially and non-financially. Poor performing administrators should be held accountable; they should be replaced or given remedial managementtraining.” Currall’s research is the first quantitative study to test the link between the quality of the administrator-teacher interface and student educational outcomes. His results showed that public school districts with relatively higher student test scores and lower drop out rates were districts with administrators who enhanced teacher job satisfaction, involved teachers in decision making, andeffectively managed conflict with teachers. Currall reached his results after eliminating the effects of student socio-economic status, school financial wealth, the quality of school physical facilities, and teacher qualifications. His results are based on analyses of 180 public school districts in Pennsylvania. He surveyed data from 10,308 teachers within these districts. His study was funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for the Educational Quality of theWorkforce. Reprints of an article detailing Currall’s research can be obtained from the Rice University News Office at (713) 831-4795. Currall can be reached at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Administration at Rice at (713) 285-5287 or by E-mail at [email protected], or by contacting Michael Cinelli, director of the Rice University News Office, at (713) 831-4794 or by E-mail [email protected] ###last_img read more