This resource from the Region 7 Comprehensive Center describes steps to create distributed school leadership teams and provides a range of strategies state education agencies (SEAs) can use to support principals and leadership teams. This paper cites research that suggests that school leadership teams are not truly distributed until leaders in new roles are given time and authority; otherwise principals are still responsible for a majority of the tasks in a school. The second part of the brief describes a variety of strategies SEAs can use to support leaders and leadership teams, including building the capacity of principal supervisors, and conducting a state-level audit of principal roles and responsibilities. Each strategy is accompanied by state examples. The brief concludes with an annotated bibliography for further reading.
Region 7 Comprehensive Center
U.S. Department of Education