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A comprehensive effort to build leadership for rigorous instruction must go beyond defining instructional leadership and evaluating whether it is being provided. Principals and other leaders need aligned professional development that supports them as they support teachers.

As States shift to college- and career-ready standards and to new educator effectiveness systems, they first have tried to ensure school leaders understand the new demands brought on by both. States increasingly are seeking ways to provide broader development opportunities to principals that parallel the expectations laid out in their competency models and evaluations systems.

How States Are Using This Policy and Practice Lever

  • New York is moving to use principal evaluation data to target principals rated as developing or ineffective for detailed improvement plans that include specific goals for professional development and improvement. The State also has begun to build a professional development video library at engageNY.org that will provide guidance and examples for each level of the leader and teacher evaluation rubric.

The Reform Support Network developed this tool [PDF, 2.9M] to help States and others explore this policy and practice lever. Learn more about how others have considered this topic here [PDF, 545K].

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Last Modified: 07/24/2013