Instructional Leadership in Action

Now available: 4 Dimensions of Instructional Leadership™ 2.0

by UWCEL on Feb 20, 2015

4D-framework-v2-105277-editedThe University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) has released an updated version of the 4 Dimensions of Instructional Leadership. Describing the most important aspects of instructional leadership in more detail and clarity, this refined version of the framework helps school leaders better identify areas for instructional improvement and focus their time and energy on academic achievement for all students.

Version 2.0 incorporates feedback from educators using the 4D™ framework in their daily instructional practice and reflects CEL’s experience from working with school districts across the nation. CEL experts also reviewed current research published by the Wallace Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others.

Major changes in the second iteration of CEL’s instructional leadership framework include:

  • More specificity and clarity throughout the framework.
  • The addition of subdimensions to provide focus areas within the context of a larger dimension.
  • Additional and more specific guiding questions to reflect on current practice and help uncover potential areas for instructional improvement.
  • Stronger emphasis on equity and cultural responsiveness to help leaders create an environment in which every student can succeed.
  • More guidance on how and when to use data.
  • Greater focus on encouraging teacher reflection captured in guiding questions that highlight the need for inquiry cycles.
  • Two dimension names (“Vision, Mission and Culture Building” and “Management of People and Practice”) have been changed to “Vision, Mission and Learning-Focused Culture” and “Management of Systems and Processes” to better clarify instructional leadership practice.

If you are interested in taking a look at the new version of the 4 Dimensions of Instructional Leadership, download the entire framework via the link below.


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Topics: School Leadership, District Leadership, Instructional Leadership

About the author: UWCEL

At the Center for Educational Leadership we partner with courageous leaders in classrooms, schools and the systems that support them to eliminate educational inequities by creating cultures of rigorous teaching, learning and leading. Our vision is transformed schools empowering all students regardless of background to create limitless futures for themselves, their families, their communities, and the world.

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