Project: New York Statewide Systemic Initiative (NYSSI), New York State Education Department

Authors: Mark St. John, Becky Carroll, Jeanne Century, Costanza Eggers-Pierola, Nina Houghton, Sybillyn Jennings, Felisa Tibbitts

Type: Monograph

Publication: April 1999

The Principals Of Educational Reform: Supporting Mathematics And Science Teaching In Your School — A Handbook For Elementary And Middle School Principals (pdf, 75 pages)


This monograph is written explicitly for school principals and is meant to help the principal orchestrate a process of school-wide improvement in the teaching of mathematics, science and technology (MST). The ideas presented in this monograph are drawn from the experience of nearly a dozen school principals who are located in the large cities of New York State and who played a central role in the New York State Systemic Initiative. The monograph also draws upon the lessons learned from the principals who have been part of the many other NSF projects that we have had the privilege to study. Based on the proposition that all elementary and middle school science students deserve a steady rich daily diet of high quality MST instruction, the monograph seeks to guide principals in conceptualizing, and then implementing, a multi-year process in which the school slowly but steadily improves the quantity and quality of the MST instruction it offers its students.

Intended Audience

Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) Education Leaders, Foundations, and general public.

Funded by

This report was prepared with support from the National Science Foundation under grant number OSR-9350033.


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