Once the elementary school principals receive the results of the study, there will be an individualized follow-up visit by their shadow.
For the middle and high schools, however, the principals are visited by a coach every month who helps them spend more time on instruction, [assistant superintendent for curriculum Robin] Thacker said.
"The biggest benefit I see out of (this study) is for me to stop and think, 'Am I being effective and what do I need to do to improve to make sure our kids get better?' " [Bend Gate Elementary Principal Steve] Steiner said.
The study will also give a sense of whether middle and high school principals are indeed being freed to lead by their School Administrative Managers (often called SAMs).
Henderson County's work in this area is part of a sustained collaboration with the Wallace Foundation on leadership issues.