Building a Culture of Success: What Effective Principals Do

Among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school, leadership is perhaps second only to classroom instruction. Furthermore, the impact of leadership tends to be the greatest in schools where the learning needs of students are most acute. The greater the challenge, the greater the impact an effective principal can have on student learning. There are virtually no documented instances of troubled schools being turned around without intervention by an impactful leader. Many other factors contribute to such turnarounds, but leadership is the catalyst.

This report compares the strategies employed by this year’s roundtable participants to those employed by preceding participants to identify best practices and “key takeaways” for consideration by policymakers and education professionals.


The 2021-22 Winners

Elementary School Winners

Hollie Wilkins

Montclair Elementary School

Escambia County

Rachel Roberts

Columbia Elementary School

Brevard County

Lewis Jackson

Dania Elementary School

Broward County

Delbert Smallridge

Dunellon Middle School

Marion County

Bonnie Brett

Manatee Charter School

Manatee County

Jose Rubio

Oak Creek Charter School

Lee County

Laura Touchstone

Pine Forest High School

Escambia County

Jake Russell

Tampa Chamberlain High School

Hillsborough County

Tiger Nunez

Mater Academy Charter H.S.

Miami-Dade County

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