Given the redefined roles and demands of principals, their supervisors must transform how they lead, coach, and supervise. At this year’s 70th ASCD Annual Conference in Houston, Texas, CEL Project Director Karen Cloninger joined by Renton Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Tammy Campbell, Ed.D., presented CEL’s partnership work around the role of principal supervisors in developing leadership actions that improve teaching and learning, engage principals in cycles of inquiry around instructional leadership goals, and focus on growing principal leadership in authentic contexts.
We are excited to release a new Leading for Effective Teaching (LET) project video, Principal Supervisors in Action: A Strategy for Improving Instructional Leadership, which shows the day-to-day work of principal supervisors in two different school systems: Tulsa Public Schools and Green Dot Public Charter Schools.
That is the question over 60 principals, principal supervisors, and other central office leaders from across the country came to discuss and learn about at last week’s Leading for Effective Teaching meeting in Denver. The meeting, part of the Leading for Effective Teaching Project that CEL is leading with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, included participants from 13 districts and charter management organizations (see box).
In presentations and break out sessions, CEL staff established the basics of a successful coaching partnership between principal supervisor and principal and highlighted some of the newest project findings. In a next step, participants put theory into action and observed Denver Public School instructional superintendents, the school system's prinicpal supervisors, coaching principals in schools.
Many school districts look for new ideas when it comes to supporting principals in their most important role: that of an instructional leader. At this year's Council of the Great City Schools Fall Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., CEL Associate Directors Max Silverman and June Rimmer joined by Shelby County Schools Instructional Leadership Director Reggie Jackson presented CEL's partnership work around defining and improving the role of principal supervisors in developing principals as instructional leaders.