Making Time for Instructional Leadership – A Vanderbilt University Study of the SAM Process

July 16, 2015 in National, Tools, Wallace

This series was the result of a Wallace-commissioned effort to investigate the SAM approach, describe how it has changed and examine the feasibility of a randomized controlled trial to understand its effects.

Volume 1 describes the changes to the SAM process since earlier studies about it were conducted and finds that it has evolved, focusing, for example, not just on the quantity of instructional time but also its quality. A key finding, based on a survey of SAM principals, interviews and other sources, is that the research results “are consistent with the idea that the SAM process helps principals focus on and find ways to increase the time they engage with the school’s instructional program.” For the future, the report says, an area of continuing development for the process will be a focus on the quality of classroom instruction. Click here to read the executive summary of volume 1.

Volume 2 finds that the approach could be replicated in a large enough number of schools, with enough fidelity to a theoretical model, that a randomized controlled trial would be a meaningful test of its impact.

Volume 3 includes 10 appendices referred to in the first two volumes.

The report can be read in it’s entirety on the Wallace Foundation Website: