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Ellen Goldring

Executive Associate Dean, Office of the Dean
Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair, Professor of Education and Leadership, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Ellen Goldring is Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair, Professor of Education and Leadership in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, USA. Her research interests focus on the intersection of education policy and school improvement with particular emphases on education leadership. A fellow of the American Educational Research Association and Past Vice-President of AERA's Division L-Policy and Politics, her research examines leadership practice, and the implementation and effects of interventions such as professional development, coaching, and performance feedback. She is the recipient of the Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council of Educational Administration.  She is the editor in chief of the American Educational Research Journal.

Currently, she is leading the evaluation of the implementation of the Wallace Foundation’s Principal Supervisor Initiative, a district reform initiative that aims to revise the role of principal supervisors in urban districts. She is studying the implementation of the Instructional Partnership Initiative, a teacher professional learning approach, and is conducting a validation study of a diagnostic assessment of instructional leadership capacity funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. She is the co-principal investigator on "The Role of Assistant Principals: Evidence and Insights for Advancing School Leadership" funded by the Wallace Foundation.  Her publications include, “Make Room Value-Added Measures: Principals’ Human Capital Decisions and The Emergence of Teacher Observation Data”, Educational Researcher, and, “Multi-Source Principal Evaluation Data: How Principals Approach, Interpret and Use Teacher Feedback Regarding Their Leadership Effectiveness”, Educational Administration Quarterly.

Media Mentions

Education Week:  Are Principals Perfect? If You Ask Most of Them, the Answer Is Yes

Ideas in Action: "A New Role Emerges for Principal Supervisors:  Evidence from Six Districts in the Principal Supervisor Initiative"

Chalkbeat:  "How do you improve schools? Start by coaching principals, says new study"

The 74: "Principals Need Coaches Too: What a New Study of 6 Large School Districts Reveals About the Shifting Role, and Value, of ‘Principal Supervisors’

Chalkbeat:  “Restructuring Instructional Leadership: How Multiple-Measure Teacher Evaluation Systems Are Redefining the Role of the School Principal”