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Tech Report  December 1, 2019

Emerging Leaders Program: Impacts on Students, Teachers, and Leaders in Three Sites

SRI Authors Nicole Arshan, Katrina Laguarda, Jared Boyce, Andrea D. Beesley, Rebecca L. Goetz, Xin Wei, Elise Levin-Guracar



Arshan, N. L., Laguarda, K. G., Boyce, J., Beesley, A. D., Goetz, R. L., Wei, X., Levin-Guracar, E. (December 2019). Emerging Leaders Program: Impacts on Students, Teachers, and Leaders in Three Sites. Menlo Park, CA: SRI International.


In 2017–18, New Leaders partnered with SRI Education to undertake a randomized control trial of the Emerging Leaders program in three sites: Arlington Independent School District and San Antonio Independent School District in Texas and Shelby County Schools in Tennessee. The Emerging Leaders program was implemented largely as designed and had a positive, statistically significant impact on participants’ data-driven instruction leadership knowledge. This large impact on leadership knowledge led to few measured impacts on the instructional practice of teachers on Emerging Leaders participants’ instructional teams. The program had positive impacts on the math achievement of some subgroups of students. Impacts on overall math achievement were mediated by (i.e., operated through) program impacts on participants’ leadership knowledge and by teachers’ participation on instructional teams. The Emerging Leaders program had no measured impact on students’ English language arts (ELA) achievement. Supplemental analyses suggest that these differences in student achievement impacts may have been driven by differences in how datadriven instruction was enacted by math- and ELA-focused instructional teams.

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