There are no great schools without great leaders

No great school exists without great school leadership. National research has shown that highly effective principals accelerate student learning gains between two and seven months in one academic year. Great principals play a key role in ensuring students are taught by effective teachers, which is the most important factor in student success. As a report from the Wallace Foundation explains, “there are virtually no documented instances of troubled schools being turned around without intervention by a powerful leader. Many other factors may contribute to such turnarounds, but leadership is the catalyst.”

School Leadership Initiative

With our new School Leadership Initiative, we will be providing support to help school leaders succeed in creating a positive climate and culture, recruiting and retaining excellent teachers and engaging parents and communities. Support for principals will include:

  • Executive coaching
  • Leadership and management training
  • Teacher retention tools
  • Grant funding to support strategic projects

Through our support for principals, we can help drive learning gains for our students in our most challenged schools and get that one point we need to make Duval County an "A" district.


A mayor's perspective

In a piece for the Atlantic, Rahm Emanuel explains how he evolved on education reform as mayor of Chicago, learning that principals, not just teachers, drive education gains.

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Chicago Public Education Fund

Over the last year, JPEF has participated in a Community of Practice hosted by the Chicago Public Education Fund. Learn more about the principal-focused approach of the Fund.

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How leadership influences student learning

Stay up-to-date with developments in education at the national, state and local level as well as opportunities for public education advocates to make a difference!

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Upcoming Event

School Board Meeting

  • Date: Tuesday, May 07, 2019
  • Time: 6:00PM to 8:00PM
  • Where: Cline Auditorium 1701 Prudential Drive Jacksonville, FL 32207
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2019 Education Poll

Teachers matter

In JPEF's 2019 Public Perceptions Poll, participants said teachers, parents and school leaders have the biggest impact on school quality.

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Did You Know?

85.1 % of students district-wide graduated high school in 2018, a record high.

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