School leadership is a critical lever in strengthening education systems, yet much remains to be studied, especially in developing countries. The resources listed below highlight our research and thinking that has shaped our work.
Annual Pulse Survey Report, 2021
In July 2021, Global School Leaders (GSL) completed its second Annual Pulse Survey. A total of 11,667 educators from 24 countries self-selected to participate in the survey. The survey aims to identify what educators find to be the most pressing issues and what support they need, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing impact on education. This report focuses on the analysis of responses from 3,763 school leaders.
End Of Year SL Survey Report (June, 2021)
Despite the enormity of the role of school leaders in education systems, school leadership remains underutilized and under-researched. We set out to understand how leaders are performing on some of the core actions that empirical research suggests are required to improve school quality and student learning.
Kanya Baseline Report
The Kanya Pilot Program was launched in November 2020 by Global School Leaders (GSL) along with our Indian and Kenyan partners, Alokit and Dignitas respectively, to train 224 government school heads that lead over 4,000 teachers and serve over 93,000 girl students. Kanya aims to prepare school leaders on gender-inclusive approaches to school re-enrolment and continued education of girl students.
Evidence Review Report 2020
This report is a review of the empirical research done on school leadership in the Global South. The questions it seeks to address are:
Is strong school leadership important for improving student outcomes in the Global South?
What is the current status of school leaders in education systems?
What do we know about how to improve school leadership quality?
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Impact Report 2019
We gathered and analyzed information from our partner organizations’ programs in India, Indonesia, Kenya and Malaysia regarding their impact on school leaders, teachers and students, and captured their learnings about effective professional development for school leaders. This is preliminary research, and there is a long way to go in establishing an expansive knowledge base on this issue. Our hope is that this report sparks a conversation within the education community about investing in school leaders.