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Evidence-Based Leadership is a continuous systems improvement framework centered on using current “best practices” in leadership – practices that are proven to result in the best possible outcomes – and as Quint Studer describes in Results that Last, enables leaders in organizations to create results that last. Pilcher shared recently with leaders that “the ‘evidence’ in this context is the reams of data collected from study after study that aim to determine what people really want and need from their leaders” (WRIE 2013).

In the video clip below Dr. Karen Owen, Director of Professional Learning in the Escambia County School District (FL), shares how the Evidence-Based Leadership framework helped her district address questions about data/evidence when it designed and implemented school leader and teacher evaluations.

In our What’s Right posts we often talk about improving performance. Dr. Owen and her colleagues asked the question, “what kind of results do we really want [in teacher performance]?” and then answered it by creating a “vision for the results that [they] want.”



Studer, Quint. 2008. Results that Last. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Dr. Karen (KK) Owen is the Director of Professional Learning in the Escambia County School District, Pensacola, FL. Dr. Owen led the development and implementation of teacher and school leader evaluations based on student performance. Her work has been highlighted in articles in Education Week and as leader of the GATES partnership in the district she presents at annual Gates sessions as well as at Danielson Summits held in Florida and Mississippi. The video is a clip from her presentation, “A New State of Affairs – Living Race to the Top,” at What’s Right in Education 2013.

What’s Right in Education 2013 was an opportunity for educational leaders to connect with other high performing educational leaders, and discuss how to set board and superintendent measures and cascade those across all levels of leadership in the district; identify what “right” looks like in service excellence; and become part of a district leadership collaborative. Previous posts about WRIE include:

“Onboard. Provide the Framework. Engage Employees.” Day 3 Takeaways from WRIE – Read here.

“Creating a Culture of Excellence.” Presentation by Dr. JoAnn Sternke, Superintendent, Pewaukee School District, and Mr. Dean Baldhus, Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence – Read here.

“Keep changing the face of education. I am so inspired and motivated.” Day 1 Takeaways from WRIE – Read here.

“More People Next Year and More Sessions on What’s Working.” Post about the presentation by School District of Menomonee Falls Principals and Teachers at WRIE – Read here.

Our mission at Studer Education is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the sixth straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.