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        Principal Empowerment

        Schools will improve when principals are given the autonomy to make decisions that best solve their school-based problems. Coupled with this autonomy is the accountability to produce significant improvement. The upper level bureaucracy which made decisions for schools in the past often produced poor results. Principals with this autonomy have greater buy-in and ownership of their schools. A prime illustration of this need for autonomy will be the complex implementation of the Common Core Standards. This is an example of change which may best be done with central office support, not direction.

        Rethinking the Way Things Work

        Paul Dunford notes that the school building is a critical element in a system of leadership in which all members work collaboratively toward common goals.

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        A Culture Shift to Help Principals

        The NYC Department of Education is providing principals with greater autonomy to make decisions for their schools--along with the support they need to make those decisions--in exchange for accountability on student performance.

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        Principals and the Right to Make Real Decisions

        Shael Polakow-Suransky is hopeful that new leadership in the mayor’s office will continue to support New York City's efforts to empower school leaders.

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