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What Every Principal Should Know About Instructional Leadership

What Every Principal Should Know About Instructional Leadership

October 2005 | 144 pages | Corwin

Inspire schoolwide instructional excellence!

Among the numerous factors that influence student learning, quality instruction is at the heart. However, in the face of administrative duties, logistical tasks, and disciplinary responsibilities, many principals struggle with how to efficiently and effectively fulfill their critical role as the school's primary instructional leader.

This concise yet comprehensive guide outlines an easy-to-implement blueprint for spearheading instructional excellence to bolster student and teacher performance. It offers a proactive approach for setting and attaining high academic goals and boils down the best practices for enhancing teaching, curriculum, supervision, assessment, and professional development.

From the latest research to real-life scenarios, this first volume in a seven-part series shares tangible strategies for mentoring and meaningfully engaging teachers to maximize instructional prowess and student achievement. Highlights include:

  • "Before We Get Started" questionnaire and response analysis
  •  Case study and accompanying reflective questions
  • "What You Should Know About" section framing each chapter
  •  Self-assessment resource for determining effectiveness of instructional leaders
  •  26 best practice behaviors for principal leadership

Other titles in this leadership series:

What Every Principal Should Know About Leadership
What Every Principal Should Know About Operational Leadership
What Every Principal Should Know About School-Community Leadership
What Every Principal Should Know About Strategic Leadership
What Every Principal Should Know About Collaborative Leadership
What Every Principal Should Know About Cultural Leadership
What Every Principal Should Know About Ethical and Spiritual Leadership

About the Author
Questionnaire: Before We Get Started...
1. Introduction
Case Study and Reflective Questions

2. Best Practices in Teaching
Reflective Practice


Incorporating Academic Allocated, Instructional, Engaged, Success Time

Using Wait Time

Using Direct Instruction

Incorporating Literacy Strategies

Differentiating Instruction

Using Divergent Questioning Techniques

Seeing Teaching in Action

Learning by Doing


3. Best Practices in Curriculum
Understand the Importance of Curriculum, and Assess Your Knowledge of Curriculum

Understand the Three Types of Curriculum

Understand the Three Approaches to Curriculum

Understand and Use the Tyler Model to Develop Curriculum

Understand the Curriculum Development Process

Understand How to Develop Quality Curriculum

Understand and Use Curriculum Standards


4. Best Practices in Supervision and Professional Development
Implement Clinical Supervision

Encourage Action Research

Collaboratively Plan and Implement Professional Development

Promote Instruction through PCOWBIRDS


5. Promoting Student Achievement for All
26 Best Practice Leadership Principal Behaviors

Conclusion: Making the Time for Instructional Leadership
Resource A. Realities of Instructional Leadership: In-Basket Simulations
Resource B. Assessing Your Role as Instructional Leader
Resource C. An Annotated Bibliography of Best Resources

"Written for the practicing principal, the book offers many valuable suggestions that can be implemented throughout the year."

Principal Navigator, September 2007

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Chapter 1

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