Identifying and Predicting Effective Leader Practices: Examining Principal Experience and Prior Roles Jan 24, 2018 By Daniel W. PlayerDallas Hambrick Hitt Identifying and Predicting Effective Leader Practices: Examining Principal Experience and Prior Roles The importance of leadership in schools is substantiated, and we know that effective leaders call upon certain practices to influence student achievement. What remains less clear is how the professional backgrounds of educators may influence effective leader practice. This study utilizes data from the Schools and Staffing Survey to first identify six latent constructs that broadly represent effective leader practices. Our findings include that years of experience as a teacher is more strongly correlated with effective leader practice than other types of experience. These findings are the first national estimates of this relationship. Leadership and Policy in Schools Areas of focus Education Daniel W. Player Dan Player’s research is focused on issues in education policy. His work has examined questions such as how teacher ability is recognized and rewarded in schools, whether teacher performance predicts turnover, and how teachers respond to working conditions. Read full bio Dallas Hambrick Hitt Related Content Daniel W. Player Measuring the Quality of Teacher-Child Interactions at Scale: The Implications of Using Local Practitioners to Conduct Classroom Observations Research Are Parents’ Ratings and Satisfaction with Preschools related to Program Features? Research This study examines whether parents’ overall satisfaction with their child’s early childhood education (ECE) program is correlated with a broad set of program characteristics, including (a) observational assessments of teacher-child interactions; (b) structural features of the program, such as teacher education and class size; (c) practical and convenience factors (e.g., hours, cost); and (d) a measure of average classroom learning gains. It then describes associations between parents’ evaluation of specific program characteristics and externally collected measures of those features.