Back to Educational Leadership March 2019 The Power of Instructional Leadership
The Power of Instructional Leadership
Volume 76, Number 6
School leaders set the tone and direction for what happens in the classroom. The March 2019 Educational Leadership explores strategies and processes school leaders can use to better understand students' and teachers' needs and guide teaching and learning more effectively.
12 The Instructional Leader’s Most Difficult Job
Effective administrators don’t dance around teacher performance issues.
18 If You Want Them to Get It, Get Them to See It
By highlighting models of stellar teaching, leaders can help teachers see where their practice can go.
24 Embracing the Power of Less
Is your school trying to do too much?
30 Creating Powerful Principal and Coach Partnerships
Diane Sweeney and Ann Mausbach
How principals can partner with coaches to improve student achievement.
36 Is Time on Your Side?
Stop thinking of administrative tasks as burdens. Start thinking of them as opportunities.
43 Lean on Me
To help principals become better instructional leaders, districts are boosting on-the-job supports such as mentoring and coaching.
50 Instructional Leadership for Disciplinary Literacy
Jacy Ippolito and Douglas Fisher
Principals don’t have to be experts in every subject area to lead disciplinary literacy efforts.
58 Reversing Course: Equity-Focused Leadership in Action
Charles Sampson, Jeff Moore, and Rachel Roegman
How one district brought hidden academic inequities to light.
64 Becoming a Warm Demander
Adopting an equity-centered coaching model for school leaders.
70 The Instructional Leader’s Journey
How one principal honed his role as a classroom-focused leader and learner.
76 Instructional Leaders, Teach Again!
Returning to the classroom part-time can be an enlightening—and humbling—experience.
7 Reader’s Guide/Lessons in Leadership
82 Research Matters/The Myth of the Superhero Leader
They can’t fly, but they can leap tall obstacles—if they stay balanced.
84 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Leading PD That Works
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Professional learning cycles can get teacher learning to stick.
86 Leading together/Toward Shared Instructional Leadership
Jill Harrison Berg
Are we ready to debunk the myth of the lone instructional leader?
89 Confronting Inequity/Teacher Leadership for Equity
Small groups of committed teachers can drive change.
92 One to Grow On/Leading from “Why”
Carol Ann Tomlinson
Effective leaders focus on purpose.
4 Readers React
81 Tell Me About
Readers share about leadership mistakes that turned into learning or growth opportunities.
93 Index to Advertisers
94 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways
6 Views of Good Leadership
EL ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
The Forgotten Element of Instructional Leadership: Grading
Thomas R. Guskey and Laura J. Link
Getting the school team coordinated on grading and reporting policies—and the purpose of grading—is too often overlooked in instructional leadership.
Data-Driven Instructional Leadership
How an urban elementary school uses data to help teachers drive their own improvement.
Video: Leadership Development
Susan Kessler, high school principal and author of The Principal’s Survival Guide, shares tips for becoming a more effective instructional leader.