Posted: Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:03am Updated: Fri, 11/09/2018 - 1:15pm

Effective Leaders Overview

According to the "5Essentials for School Improvement" framework, principals and teachers work together to implement a shared vision in schools with effective leaders. In such schools, people, programs, and resources are focused on a vision for sustained improvement.


Effective Leaders Indicators

  • Teacher-Principal Trust: In schools with strong teacher-principal trust, teachers and principals share a high level of mutual trust and respect.
  • Instructional Leadership: In schools with strong instructional leadership, the leadership team is an active and skilled group that sets high standards for teaching and student learning.
  • Teacher Influence: In schools with strong teacher influence, teachers have influence in a broad range of decisions regarding school policies and practices.
  • Program Coherence: In schools with strong program coherence, school programs are coordinated and consistent with its goals for student learning.
Effective Leaders Tool Aligned Indicator(s) Source
Developing Distributed Instructional Leadership Teams Teacher-Principal Trust, Instructional Leadership, Teacher Influence Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Teacher, Principal, and District Readiness Assessments for Teacher Leadership Teacher-Principal Trust, Instructional Leadership, Teacher Influence Center on Great Teachers & Leaders at American Institutes for Research
Guidance for Developing a Teacher Leader Job Description Teacher-Principal Trust, Instructional Leadership, Teacher Influence Teachers 21 Boston Teacher Leadership Certificate Program
How-To Modules for Recruiting, Selecting, and Supporting Turnaround Leader Competencies Instructional Leadership, Program Coherence Center on School Turnaround
Leading Change Handbook Teacher-Principal Trust, Instructional Leadership, Program Coherence Jody Spiro, The Wallace Foundation
Plan, Do, Study, Act/Adjust Template for School Improvement Initiatives Instructional Leadership, Program Coherence Jim Shipley and Associates
Strategic Prioritization Self-Study and Planning Tool Instructional Leadership, Program Coherence

Inspired by Leverage Leadership by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo

A Principal’s Guide to Building Culturally Responsive Schools Instructional Leadership, Teacher-Principal Trust, Program Coherence The National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
The Diversity Responsive Principal Tool Instructional Leadership, Program Coherence Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center and shared in collaboration with the University Council for Educational Administration.
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