School leadership is a critical lever in strengthening education systems, yet much remains to be studied, especially in developing countries.  The resources listed below are research pieces that have influenced our thinking and shape our work. We would like to continue building this list, so please contact us if you have other resources that you think should be added.

In addition to the resources listed below, we recommend the Wallace Foundation Knowledge Center for a comprehensive collection of school leadership research 

(from most recent to least)

Jensen, B. et al (2017) Preparing to Lead: Lessons in Principal Development from High-Performing Education Systems. Center on International Education Benchmarking® of the National Center on Education and the Economy

Breakspear, S. et al (2017) Developing Agile Leaders of Learning: School leadership policy for dynamic times. The WISE Research Series.

Johnston, W. et al (2016), Support for Instructional Leadership: Supervision, Mentoring, and Professional Development for U.S. School Leaders: Findings from the American School Leader Panel. RAND Corporation.

Ng, D. (2015), Instructional Leadership Practices in Singapore, APCLC-HKPI Monograph Series.

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015, National Policy Board for Educational Administration.

Wills, G. (2015), A Profile of the Labour Market for School Principals in South Africa: Evidence to Inform PolicyStellenbosch Working Paper Series, University of Stellenbosch.

Sumintono, B., et at (2014) Exploring Leadership Development, Leadership Practice and System Performance.  

Moroosi, P. and Grant, C. (2013), Preparing and Developing School Leaders: The African Perspective, British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society.

Schleicher, A. (2012), Ed., Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders for the 21st Century: Lessons from around the World, OECD Publishing.

Taipale, A (2012), International Survey on Educational Leadership, Finnish National Board of Education.

Vernez, G. (2012), Implementation of School-based Management in Indonesia, RAND Corporation.

Barber, M. et al (2010), Capturing the Leadership Premium, McKinsey & Company.

Lumby, J. et al (2010), Women School Principals in South Africa: Leading the Way, University of Southampton.