Alvoid and Black Report on Changing Role of Principals


Lee Alvoid, Ph.D., chairs the Department of Education Policy and Leadership in SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Lee Alvoid and Les Black, clinical associate professors in Simmons’ Department of Education Policy and Leadership, co-wrote The Changing Role of the Principal: How High-Achieving Districts Are Recalibrating School Leadership, a report that delineates how school leadership has changed, especially with increased expectations for instructional improvement and teacher development.

The report, released by the Center for American Progress, also incorporates six case studies of school districts that have changed proactively to support principals.

Alvoid and BlackĀ  examine Gwinnette County Public Schools in Georgia; Denver Public Schools in Denver, CO; District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington D.C.; Charlotte-Mecklenburg in Charlotte, NC; Uplift Education in Dallas, TX; and Northeast Leadership Academy at North Carolina State University.

These schools have re-structured their positions so principals can focus strategically on coaching and instructional feedback, customized professional development, more streamlined job duties and ways to partner with universities and nonprofits.


Watt Lesley Black, Jr., Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership, SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

To read the report, click here.

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