What the Research Shows

Read the latest research behind the learning module: Student Voices in the Hallways.

  • Bottoms, Gene & Fry, Betty. (2009). The district leadership challenge: Empowering principals to improve teaching and learning. Atlanta, GA: Southern Regional Education Board.

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  • College Board & Business Innovation Factory. (2010). The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color: Capturing the student voice. New York, NY: College Board Advocacy & Policy Center.

    Download the article: The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color(.PDF/3MB)

  • College Board. (2011). Student Voices: What Makes A Great Teacher? New York, NY: College Board Advocacy & Policy Center.

    Download the article: Student Voices: What Makes A Great Teacher?(.PDF/6MB)

  • Hart Research Associates. (2011). One year out: Findings from a national survey among members of the high school graduating class of 2010. Washington, DC: Author.

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  • Herzog, Lisa; Davis, Marcia; & Legters, Nettie. (2011). Learning what it takes: An initial look at how schools are using early warning indicators and collaborative response teams to keep all students on track to success. Philadelphia Education Fund & Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins Center University.

    Download the article: Learning What It Takes(.PDF/1MB)

  • Leithwood, Kenneth; Louis, Karen Seashore, Anderson, Stephen; & Wahlstrom, Kyla. (2004). How leadership influences student learning. Review of the research. New York, NY: The Wallace Foundation.
    New York, NY: Author. Leadership is second only to teaching among school influences on student success, and its impact is greatest in schools with the greatest needs, according to this landmark examination of the evidence on school leadership. Researchers from the Universities of Minnesota and Toronto describe the basics of successful leadership and what leaders must do to meet the challenges of school reform.

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  • National PTA. National Standards for Family-School Partnerships: What parents, schools, and communities can do together to support student success. Alexandria, VA: Author.

    Download the article: National PTA. National Standards for Family-School Partnerships(.PDF/338KB)

  • Cushman, Kathleen. (2003). Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for teachers from high school students. New York, NY: The New Press.
    This book offers original insights into teaching teenagers in today’s hard-pressed urban high schools from the point of view of the students themselves. It speaks to both new and established teachers, giving them firsthand information about who their students are and what they need to succeed. Students from across the country contributed perceptive and pragmatic answers to questions of how teachers can transcend the barriers of adolescent identity and culture to reach the diverse student body in today’s urban schools. With the fresh and often surprising perspectives of youth, they tackle tough issues such as increasing engagement and motivation, teaching difficult academic material, reaching English-language learners, and creating a classroom culture where respect and success go hand in hand. 2003. 224pp.

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  • Cushman, Kathleen. (2005). Sent to the principal: Students talk about making high schools better. Next Generation Press.
    Whether talking about dress codes, detention policies, or school security, teenagers want to help make school a place they care about. Leaders of the nation’s 300,000 high schools will be listening to their strategies for changing school culture so that students will invest in their own success. 2005. 146pp.

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  • Cushman, Kathleen & Rogers, Laura. (2009). Fires in the middle school bathroom. New York, NY: Providence, RI: The New Press.
    As teachers, counselors, and parents cope with the roller coaster of early adolescence, too few stop to ask students what they think about these critical years. Here, middle school students in grades 5 through 8 across the country and from diverse ethnic backgrounds offer insights on what it takes to make classrooms more effective and how to forge stronger relationships between young adolescents and adults. Students tackle such critical topics as social, emotional, and academic pressures; classroom behavior; organization; and preparing for high school. Cushman and Rogers help readers hear and understand the vital messages about adolescent learning that come through in what these students say. 2009. 240pp.

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  • Marzano, Robert J.; Waters, Timothy; & McNulty, Brian A. (2005). School leadership that works: From research to results. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
    What does research tell us about the effects of school leadership on student achievement? What specific leadership practices make a real difference in school effectiveness? How should school leaders use these practices in their day-to-day management of schools and during the stressful times that accompany major change initiatives? The authors provide answers to these and other questions. 2005. 194pp.

    Purchase the book: School leadership that works: From research to results.

  • Bouffard, Suzanne M. & Stephen, Naomi. (November 2007). Promoting family involvement. Principal’s Research Review, v2 n6. (NASSP member only resource)

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  • Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). (2009). The 2011 national school climate survey. The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in our nation’s school. New York, NY: Author.
    This is the full report of the only national study that for over a decade has consistently examined the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in America’s.

    Download the article: The 2011 national school climate survey. The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth

  • Oxley, D. (September 2008). Creating instructional program coherence. Principal’s Research Review, v3 n5. (NASSP member only resource)

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  • Protheroe, N. (May 2010). Making effective use of counselors to increase student achievement. Principal’s Research Review, v5 n3. (NASSP member only resource)

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  • Saleh, A. (March 2008). Debunking myths in brain research. Principal’s Research Review, v3 n2. (NASSP member only resource)

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  • Sather, S. (September 2006). Implementing professional learning teams. Principal’s Research Review, v1 n5. (NASSP member only resource)

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