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An Evaluation of McREL's Balanced Leadership Program

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   Robin Tepper Jacob, James M. Lepkowski

The Evaluation of McREL’s Balanced Leadership program is an efficacy trial designed to explore the impact of a well-established principal leadership development program on principal’s leadership style, teacher instructional practices and student achievement. To evaluate the impact of the program approximately 100 schools in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will be randomly assigned, half to a treatment group in which the principals will participate in the Balanced Leadership program and half to an “as-is” control group. Principals in the control group will receive whatever professional development their district or state already supplies. Principals participating in the Balanced Leadership program will attend ten two-day Balanced Leadership Consortia over the course of two years. Data collection will include surveys of principals and teachers in the fall of 2008, 2009 and 2010 and collection of individual MEAP achievement data for students in study schools.



Survey Research Operations will work with the study PIs to randomly assign school principals to treatment and control conditions and to communicate with schools regarding random assignment. SRO will also contact study schools each year to obtain roster information for teachers and students. SRO will format, print, and mail 1600 teacher and 100 school leader surveys to school principals, who will be asked to complete a survey and to distribute the surveys to their teachers and will follow-up with school principals who do not return the surveys. Finally, SRO will obtain and clean MEAP data for all students in study schools.



As SRC Principal Investigator, Robin Jacob will provide broad oversight to SRO and work on issues of study design, estimation of impacts and write journal articles and reports about the study findings.

Funding Period: 01/01/2009 to 06/30/2014

Country of Focus: USA

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