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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.
As we learn more about what drives and supports students, social-emotional learning has become a growing area of interest in schools. But what does SEL look like in practice? The October 2018 Educational Leadership examines how educators and schools are integrating SEL into the curriculum, and how schools are measuring its impact.
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.
Educational LeadershipSeptember 2019What New Teachers NeedVolume 77, No. 1
What do new teachers really need to know and do to survive and thrive? The September 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at the craft and calling of teaching, providing strategic advice (and moral support) to new teachers and those who support them. Don't miss this essential back-to-school resource.
Educational LeadershipNovember 2019A Culture of CoachingVolume 77, No. 3
Instructional coaching and leadership coaching have become key forms of educator professional development and growth. The November 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at the dynamics of effective coaching and how schools can create the right conditions to support it.
Educational LeadershipDecember 2019/January 2020Building Bridges for ELLsVolume 77, Number 4
English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing student population group in the United States. Yet most teachers are not trained to work with these learners. The December 2019/January 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores strategies and school cultural shifts to improve instruction and opportunities for ELLs and make schools more intentionally supportive, enriching spaces for these students.
Educational LeadershipFebruary 2020Rooted in ReadingVolume 77, No. 5
DescriptionDeveloping strong, enthusiastic readers is one of the central objectives of schools, and yet reading instruction is often beset by complex structural challenges, shifting resources, and competing priorities. The February 2020 issue of Educational Leadership is "Rooted in Reading," as we dig deep into the nuances of effective reading instruction and uncover the best strategies to support student engagement in reading at all levels.