Limited autonomy, flexibility, and support that do little to develop and promote strong leadership.
Leadership roles have clear goals, accountability, and career paths, with flexibility and support to achieve results.
We can change the odds for teachers and students if we restructure how we support school leaders. To move to build principals’ capacity to initiate, lead, and maintain instructional improvements, districts need to clearly define information necessary for effective leaders and be able to provide that information. Districts then need to hire qualified leaders, place them in the right situations, measure their performance, hold them accountable, and give them the right career support. In addition, being deliberate about leadership development with consistency across the district will ensure a ready pool of high-potential leaders to draw on as opportunities arise.