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Nikki Nagler is director of Research, Evaluation, and Impact for the NYC Leadership Academy.
Research has found that school leaders most improve their leadership skills when they receive ongoing, individualized, and job-embedded support. Leadership coaching, if done well, can lead to improved student learning and a reduction in principal turnover.
The job of principal is tough and lonely. Without support, principals are isolated, which can negatively impact job performance and lead to frequent principal turnover. To stay in the role and make real sustainable improvements, school leaders need the support of an experienced and knowledgeable thought partner.