ON-Lion Letter
In late September, the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas publicly launched its Alliance to Reform Education Leadership (AREL) -- an innovative, integrated initiative to change the way America's public-school principals are identified, recruited, selected, prepared, evaluated, and empowered.  AREL's goal is to certify, by 2020, at least half of U.S. public-school principals around a set of radically improved standards for leadership competency.
 
AREL is going to be a network of "innovative sites."  It will convene experts from the public and private sectors, as well as the military and academia, to apply proven leadership practices to the important job of educating our children and running effective schools. 

Each site is dedicated to using innovative means to select principals, devise a training course, and change the context in which principals operate -- giving them the authority, such as budget control, to match their responsibility.  Three of the first sites are in Texas.  The others are in Denver, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.

Members of AREL's network will learn what works -- from each other and from outside experts.  The aim is a scalable program that puts this jointly acquired know–how into effect -- first by expanding the number of innovative sites and eventually through a nationwide roll–out.

The Bush Institute's AREL team is led by James W. Guthrie, a senior fellow and director of education policy studies at the Institute. 

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports the AREL project.
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