About the Principal as Instructional Leader Spotlight
"No longer can a principal be judged solely on how well he or she manages the administrative duties of a school. The quality of the principal must relate to a school's capacity to ensure achievement for all children."
From Leading Learning Communities - NAESP Standards for What Principals Should Know and Be Able To Do
This Knowledge Loom spotlight evolved through the work of the Principals' Leadership Network. The Principals' Leadership Network (PLN) is a regional program of The Education Alliance at Brown University in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals. The network allows K-12 principals to explore solutions to the leadership challenges they face during this time of educational change, and bring their voices to the reform table.
The role of the school leader today is directly tied to the quality of the school and the achievement of its students. Not only are principals increasingly held accountable for every student's success, but research is demonstrating that schools and students cannot be successful without a competent and caring school leader. Richard Elmore (2000) describes five principles that lay the foundation for a model of leadership focused on large scale improvement:
Two national organizations, the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) have studied effective instructional leadership. Both have published lists of standards embodying best practices for principals. Using this dual set of standards, the spotlight allows you to
The collection is enhanced by the active partnership of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Southern Regional Education Board.
We hope you will find this a useful, personal, professional development tool.
This spotlight is based on work sponsored wholly or in part by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES - formerly, Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI)), U.S. Department of Education, under contract number ED-01-CO-0010 (Northeast & Islands Regional Educational Laboratory, 2000-2005). The content of this site does not necessarily reflect the views of IES, the Department of Education, or any other agency of the U.S. Government.