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School Leader Supports: What Do We Know? Where Are We Going Next?

Date: April 16, 2018 – April 17, 2018
Location: Phoenix, AZ

States continue to recognize the importance of strong district and school leaders and the impact they can have on student outcomes. REL West, in partnership with the West Comprehensive Center, convened state education agency (SEA) teams to examine current evidence-based approaches to leadership support and discuss lessons learned from past efforts to help inform the design and development of effective state initiatives going forward. The event helped attending state teams understand the evidence base underlying site leadership support programs and further develop and refine their plans to build site leader capacity in 2018/19. It also established a regional community to share and support cross-state learning on this important topic.


SEA teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah responsible for designing, implementing, and/or monitoring statewide supports for school site leaders.


April 16, 2018 – April 17, 2018

Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E Cotton Center Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85040

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Reino Makkonen

Supporting Principals (Educator Development)

Educator Effectiveness Alliance


  • Matt Clifford, American Institutes for Research
  • Rebecca Herman, RAND Corporation
  • Reino Makkonen, REL West at WestEd
  • Marie Mancuso, West Comprehensive Center at WestEd
  • Sarah Rosenberg, New Leaders
ESSA Implementation: Evidence on Supporting School Leaders

Rebecca Herman of the RAND Corporation delivered a presentation titled “ESSA Implementation: Evidence on Supporting School Leaders,” which introduced participants to a new logic model guide from the RAND Corporation that helps state and district leaders understand the theory behind principal interventions and supports and identify the key components of evidence-based programs to inform the design, adoption, or refinement of their own leadership initiatives. The video below contains excerpts from Herman’s presentation.