CPRE : Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Meaningful and Sustainable School Improvement with Distributed Leadership

School leadership is broadly acknowledged as the lynchpin for school success. Yet, amidst the myriad demands that school leaders face, making wise leadership choices is increasingly challenging. On what should leaders focus their attention? How can they identify and make headway on the difficult challenges that will substantially improve the educational experiences of their students? How can they bring their faculty together to coalesce with commitment around improvement efforts?

The Meaningful & Sustainable Improvement with Distributed Leadership project, from the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), lays out a research-informed hypothesis about how to make meaningful school improvement using a distributed leadership approach. Distributed leadership provides both an essential lens for understanding the ways in which leadership practice occurs in schools and as a way of employing a broader array of leadership capacity amongst the faculty and community to engage in meaningful improvement.

This project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 




Jonathan A. Supovitz
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

James P. Spillane
Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy

John D’Auria
William James College Organizational and Leadership Psychology