Leadership Excellence | Why It Is Important

Find resources on the value of building early learning leaders’ capacity to improve instruction and outcomes for children.

Reimagining Instructional Leadership and Organizational Conditions for Improvement: Applied Research Transforming Early Education

Drawn from the Ounce investing in Innovation project, this brief argues that we must broaden our understanding of improvement beyond the field’s sole focus on classroom-level processes to the organizational processes that create conditions essential to teaching, learning, and improvement.


Leader Learning and Inspiration

Early education professionals share their experiences learning about and implementing instructional leadership and job embedded professional learning routines and practices in their programs. The educators participated in Lead Learn Excel, a professional learning program created by the Ounce for early education professionals who aspire for instructional excellence and kindergarten readiness for all children.


Poor Teaching for Poor Children in the Name of Reform

Alfie Kohn highlights the stark differences in learning opportunities available to children in disadvantaged and affluent communities, underscoring the need for effective instructional leadership. Education Week, 2011.


Organizing Schools for Improvement

Researcher Tony Bryk summarizes a landmark study of school improvement, making the case for leadership focused on a set of five organizational supports empirically linked to student learning. Phi Delta Kappan, 2010.


Birth-3rd and Leadership: Steve Tozer’s Message to the Birth-3rd Community

This blog post by David Jacobson highlights research that positions leadership as critical to improving teaching outcomes in schools. Preschool Matters, 2015.


PreK-3rd Principals as Crucial Instructional Leaders

This brief by Sara Mead highlights the important role principals play in providing high-quality instructional leadership across the PreK-3rd continuum. Foundation for Child Development, 2011.