Many reformers identify one of the most important characteristics of an effective school as strong instructional leadership. Instructional leadership includes the design of instructional strategies, supervision and evaluation of programs, and the development of curriculum and graduation requirements (see Murphy, 1988, for a review of research in this area). Thus, instructional leaders must have a deep understanding of the processes of teaching and learning, including knowledge of new teaching methods, student construction of knowledge, and skills in problem solving. In addition, good leaders must devote a large portion of their time and energy to improving teaching and learning.
Instructional Leadership Styles
A listing of instructional strategies including procedures, examples, and research citations
From Struggle to Success: One High School's Journey to Literacy Achievement (by Peggy Grant, Ph.D., NCREL's Learning Point magazine, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 2004)
Successful School Leadership Programs
Summary information on featured successful innovative pathways to school leadership programs from a booklet published by the U.S. Department of Education
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