The idea of impact is often discussed in leadership team meetings. Some even present “impact” reports to governors and others. We long to get beneath the skin of a concept like this because we want to align our desire to make a difference with effective strategy, actions, and decisions. Time is too scarce a commodity in the life of a busy school to waste a moment doing something that won’t improve outcomes for the young people we serve.
And so impact, properly understood, is very important to school leaders and teachers. However, I have often wondered what it actually means to have “impact” as a school leader and how well we can truly measure the difference we are making. Given the level of complexity of a school, can we ever truly measure the impact we are having accurately?
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