Research and Development
The National Institute of School Leadership – an initiative of the National Center on Education and the Economy – is the culmination of $11 million in research and development grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Broad Foundation, the New Schools Venture Fund, the Stupski Foundation, and NCEE.
NISL brings the best practices used to train corporate CEOs and battlefield commanders to the education field. Researchers benchmarked the training of school principals worldwide and the training of leaders and managers in business, the military, medicine, and other fields to create a state-of-the-art executive education program for principals and other school and district leaders. NISL's course materials build on the best techniques in use for adult professional education, such as simulations and case studies, both written and video.
The scope of the research base is unprecedented, according to Marc Tucker, the president of NCEE:
NCEE spent four years of research, design, and development, and two years of field testing. We now have a world-class curriculum and a delivery mechanism to help school leaders in states and districts nationwide develop their abilities to transform their schools into high-performance organizations."