The Center for the Future of Arizona has long recognized the critical link between a strong principal and student success and believes that there can be no great schools without great school leaders. Research studies have found that principals account for about 25% of a school’s total impact on student achievement. An investment in school leadership is a strategic investment in improved student outcomes.
In recognition of the link between great school leaders and great schools, and committed to making a difference for low income low-achieving Latino students in Arizona, CFA embarked on a study in 2006 that asked one question -- What does it take to get great results in schools with mostly low income, mostly Latino students? With the active involvement of Jim Collins, researchers embarked upon a comprehensive study to answer that question. Applying Collins’ “Good to Great” business methodology, they identified six keys to success to drive change and overcome obstacles in predominantly underperforming predominantly Latino low-income schools.
|Strong and steady principal||Collaborative solutions|
|Clear bottom line||Built to suit individual students|
|Ongoing assessment||Stick with the program|
The study led to the launch of the Beat the Odds (BTO) principal program in 2007, which has since provided training and mentoring to more than 200 school leaders.
With significant support from the Office of the Governor, the Burton Family Foundation and Helios Education Foundation, CFA is now poised to expand on the success of the BTO program through a collaboration with the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL). BTO’s successful principal mentorship model is being integrated with NISL’s nationally recognized research based principal training program, that draws on the best leadership practices from business, the military, and education.
The BTO School Leadership Academy is a nationally-researched, locally delivered program that can serve aspiring and current school leaders across the state. The academy draws on Arizona research of high-achieving low-income, Latino-intensive schools, CFA’s extensive experience in school leadership through the BTO principal mentoring program and the work of NISL’s Executive Development Program, the most widely-used, rigorous professional development program for school leaders in the country.
Identified through a competitive application process, CFA established an outstanding cadre of Arizona NISL certified facilitators. These select individuals will become nationally certified NISL facilitators, leading training and providing mentoring as leaders who understand education in Arizona and are recognized in the field. The Arizona NISL facilitators are a diverse group with significant experience and expertise. Backgrounds include Rodel Exemplary Principals, National Blue Ribbon, charter and traditional public school leaders, A for Arizona leaders, Beat the Odds Mentors, and Teach for America alumni.
CFA will begin delivering NISL training through the BTO School Leadership Academy to cohorts of aspiring and current school leaders in fall of 2017.
If you are interested in Beat the Odds Leadership Academy In Partnership with the National Institute on School Leadership, please contact:
Amanda Burke, Ed.D
Senior Director, Education