Research and practitioner experience have deepened our understanding of the most salient practices of instructional leaders. We believe that when school leaders consistently put these practices into action, instructional practice improves. When instruction improves, student academic performance improves.
The Center for Educational Leadership offers a two-day School Leader Institute for principals, assistant principals and teacher leaders. Leaders engage in a deep study of the key elements of instructional leadership that improve the quality of instructional practice and ultimately student achievement. Using dialogue, case studies, readings, video and hands-on learning experiences, we offer two days of intensive focus on the following skills:
- Creating and sustaining a results-focused learning environment that establishes rigorous expectations for every student.
- Observing and analyzing instruction using best practices.
- Giving teachers growth-based feedback.
- Designing and providing effective professional development.
The School Leader Institute enhances participants’ understanding of these skills as well as their practice in using these skills. We ground the work in our 4 Dimensions of Instructional Leadership™ framework, the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning™ framework, and the structures for sponsoring and creating professional development.