Being an instructional leader is all about being a steward of learning for all. It’s about moving an entire organization toward a shared vision of excellence and lifelong learning. It’s about building civilizations.
The National Policy Board for Educational Administration and the Hawaii Department of Education provides standards for school leaders that focus on improving teaching and learning for all children. They serve as benchmarks and reminders for all instructional leaders of our shared vision of high-quality education for all. These standards are outlined here.
Learning & Practices
As I go through my journey as an administrator, I will share my learning and practices here on IDC. These posts will be linked within the appropriate standards as outlined by the Hawaii Department of Education.
Profile of an Effective School Leader
The effective school leader is committed, responsible, competent, caring, and unwavering in the effort to have students reach high standards. A sense of both moral and professional commitment enable the effective school leader to promote a shared vision of service to students and focus on the success of every learner as the desired result.
Human relationships and capacity-building within students, teachers, and the wider school community are the heart of the school leader’s work. School leaders promote a school culture focused on professionalism where school staff is committed to systematically improve their practices and student learning.
The effective school leader holds school professionals accountable for data-driven school and instructional improvement to attain the state performance standards.
The effective school leader is responsible for the following four professional expectations and responsibilities:
Standard 1: Provides leadership in school and instructional improvement
- Develops, communicates, and implements a shared vision for achieving standards.
- Advocates high expectations for teaching and learning results.
- Pursues school improvement and demonstrates commitment to attain higher levels of student achievement and performance.
- Utilizes multiple assessment tools and strategies to support the achievement of the performance standards by every student.
- Fosters teachers’ reflection on practice, monitors performance, and provides feedback for adjustment of instruction to meet student needs.
- Promotes professional growth of faculty and staff.
- Incorporates best practice and research-based strategies for school and instructional improvement.
- Evaluates current school programs in terms of identified instructional goals and objectives.
Standard 2: Promotes a positive climate for learning and an atmosphere of caring and respect for all students and members of the school community
- Models and promotes trust, enthusiasm, rapport, respect, and openness among faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.
- Seeks input from stakeholders for improvements in student learning and social responsibility.
- Encourages and establishes open, effective communication.
- Utilizes effective strategies in setting performance expectations, planning, decision-making, problem-solving, and conflict resolution.
- Encourages the development of school/community partnerships.
- Recognizes the contributions of school and community members.
Standard 3: Maintain high standards of professionalism
- Demonstrates and promotes high standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity.
- Pursues professional improvement activities to strengthen own leadership performance.
- Manages problems and implements solutions effectively.
- Demonstrates ability to self-assess and to reflect on administrative practices.
- Communicates and interacts effectively with supervisors and colleagues.
Standard 4: Manages the full scope of school administrative responsibilities
- Complies with applicable statutes, federal laws, regulations, procedures, contractual provisions, and other governance parameters.
- Attends to all required administrative functions such as supervision and evaluation of instruction, teachers, and staff; maintenance of a well-functioning school plant; sound fiscal operations and accounting of school property; timely completion of reports.
- Manages available resources for optimum benefits to students.
- Secures and uses resources to attain school improvement goals and objectives.
- Maintains standards for a safe, orderly, effective learning environment.