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Educational LeadershipMarch 2019The Power of Instructional LeadershipVolume 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 JobPete HallEffective administrators don’t dance around teacher performance issues.
18 If You Want Them to Get It, Get Them to See ItPaul Bambrick-SantoyoBy highlighting models of stellar teaching, leaders can help teachers see where their practice can go.
24 Embracing the Power of LessMike SchmokerIs your school trying to do too much?
30 Creating Powerful Principal and Coach PartnershipsDiane Sweeney and Ann MausbachHow principals can partner with coaches to improve student achievement.
36 Is Time on Your Side?Craig HochbeinStop thinking of administrative tasks as burdens. Start thinking of them as opportunities.
43 Lean on MeJennifer GillTo help principals become better instructional leaders, districts are boosting on-the-job supports such as mentoring and coaching.
50 Instructional Leadership for Disciplinary LiteracyJacy Ippolito and Douglas FisherPrincipals don’t have to be experts in every subject area to lead disciplinary literacy efforts.
58 Reversing Course: Equity-Focused Leadership in ActionCharles Sampson, Jeff Moore, and Rachel RoegmanHow one district brought hidden academic inequities to light.
64 Becoming a Warm DemanderShane SafirAdopting an equity-centered coaching model for school leaders.
70 The Instructional Leader’s JourneyJamel Adkins-SharifHow one principal honed his role as a classroom-focused leader and learner.
76 Instructional Leaders, Teach Again!Jeffrey BensonReturning to the classroom part-time can be an enlightening—and humbling—experience.
7 Reader’s Guide/Lessons in LeadershipAnthony Rebora
82 Research Matters/The Myth of the Superhero LeaderBryan GoodwinThey can’t fly, but they can leap tall obstacles—if they stay balanced.
84 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Leading PD That WorksDouglas Fisher and Nancy FreyProfessional learning cycles can get teacher learning to stick.
86 Leading together/Toward Shared Instructional LeadershipJill Harrison BergAre we ready to debunk the myth of the lone instructional leader?
89 Confronting Inequity/Teacher Leadership for EquityAdam AlvarezSmall groups of committed teachers can drive change.
92 One to Grow On/Leading from “Why”Carol Ann TomlinsonEffective leaders focus on purpose.
4 Readers React
81 Tell Me AboutReaders share about leadership mistakes that turned into learning or growth opportunities.
93 Index to Advertisers
94 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways6 Views of Good Leadership
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The Forgotten Element of Instructional Leadership: GradingThomas R. Guskey and Laura J. LinkGetting the school team coordinated on grading and reporting policies—and the purpose of grading—is too often overlooked in instructional leadership.
Data-Driven Instructional LeadershipAnne VilenHow an urban elementary school uses data to help teachers drive their own improvement.
Video: Leadership DevelopmentSusan Kessler, high school principal and author of The Principal’s Survival Guide, shares tips for becoming a more effective instructional leader.
The November 2018 Educational Leadership offers an insider’s look at new trends and expectations professional development. Our expert authors examine how teachers are increasingly taking professional learning into their own hands, through collaborative inquiry, personalized learning, video study, and social media.
The arts—and creativity more generally—are making a comeback in education. The December 2018/January 2019 Educational Leadership examines the role of arts and creativity in fostering perception and problem solving, empowering students, and boosting learning.
How does a school become a leader in innovation—one that takes advantage of advancements in digital technology in meaningful and fully integrated ways? February 2019 Educational Leadership explores how school leaders can go beyond surface-level, patchwork upgrades and implement new technology in ways that deepen learning and better support students.
Marking the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. the Board of Education ruling, Educational Leadership examines pressing issues and opportunities surrounding race in America’s schools today. The April 2019 issue offers ideas on how today’s educators can understand and address racial issues and help fulfill Brown’s promise to dismantle segregation and inequity in education.
The teenage years are unique, and today’s teens face new challenges as well as opportunities. The May 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at what teens need most in terms of both academic and social supports, highlighting how schools can work smarter to keep middle and high school students healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.