Instructional Leadership in Action

Instructional leadership teams to the rescue: Developing a shared vision is key to success

by Sandy Austin Sep 26, 2018

How can a principal keep from feeling overwhelmed trying to improve teaching and learning? Form an instructional leadership team of teacher leaders to identify teaching and learning challenges in the building. Such a team builds its own instructional leadership skills while expanding your capacity.

In the September 2018 issue of NASSP's Principal Leadership magazine, Sandy Austin, Donna Anderson-Davis, Jason Graham and Michele White explain how to put instructional leadership teams into action. They share five best practices for school-based instructional leadership teams along with lessons learned, advice, and links to three useful tools.

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Eliminating the achievement gap: systems and structures from the ground up

by Patty Maxfield Mar 28, 2018

Do we really believe all students can achieve to high levels of success? Are we willing to confront issues of inequity and bias? How far are we willing to go to ensure every voice is heard? In the Newhall School District, we have answers in the power of a personal story, or in this case, three stories.

In the March/April 2018 issue of Leadership Magazine from the Association of California School Administrators, Jeff Pelzel and Patty Maxfield describe the importance of developing a culture of learning and collaboration across schools to address specific learning needs of students. They show how to use an instructional leadership inquiry cycle and other structures to build the capacity of school leaders to target the ultimate goal of eliminating achievement gaps.

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