A rubric of examples of how low performing, effective, and high performing leaders exemplify these characteristics and responsibilities:
- The principal provides leadership in continuous improvement planning.
- The principal creates a culture of high expectations for student and adult success and supports those beliefs schoolwide.
- The principal sees student learning as top priority for the school.
- School leadership is distributed.
- The principal recognizes staff members’ accomplishments, expertise, and leadership potential.
- The principal encourages and promotes collaborative relationships.
- The principal addresses existing and potential conflicts.
- The principal is accessible, models optimism, integrity, fairness, and respect.
- The principal is adaptable and encourages innovation.
- The principal ensures that teachers receive constructive feedback through observation, coaching, and reflective teaching practices.
Authors: Mardale Dunsworth and Dawn Billings