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By Learning Forward
December 2012
Vol. 33 No. 6
Principals and the Common Core In a newly published brief from Learning Forward, Meet the Promise of Content Standards: The Principal, Joellen Killion explores the role of principals and the support they require from school systems to ensure the implementation of Common Core standards. Published as part of the initiative Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core, the brief is one in a series that highlights aspects of developing a comprehensive system of professional learning from the statehouse to the classroom. The brief emphasizes principal actions as well as system supports in several major categories, including the development of leadership in others. Included here is an excerpt. Access the full brief at Principal Actions Principals have multiple responsibilities

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Connecting the Standards for Professional Learning

As the introduction to the Standards for Professional Learning states, “They are the essential elements of professional learning that function in synergy to enable educators to increase their effectiveness and student learning” (Learning Forward, 2011, p. 14).

Standards Learning Communities Leadership Resources
and linksAt right are several questions that explore how the Leadership standard integrates with the other six standards.
• How are leaders building collective responsibility among school and district staff?

• What are several ways teacher leaders contribute to building colleagues’ engagement in continuous improvement?

• How do all leaders within a school create a culture of accountability for results?

• In what ways do leaders model that ongoing learning is a core professional responsibility?

• Describe three ways teacher leaders, principals, and district leaders advocate for effective professional learning as a vehicle for advancing educator effectiveness and student success.

• What systems and structures do leaders put in place to build a culture of continuous improvement?

• What resources have leaders allocated to support development of teacher leaders?

• How do leaders monitor the effective use of all resources for professional learning?

• What processes are in place to make decisions about allocating resources for professional learning?

As JSD examines each standard individually, we will also demonstrate the key connections between and among all seven standards.

Data Learning Designs Implementation Outcomes
• How are leaders engaging staff and colleagues in using student, educator, and school data in their decision making about professional learning?

• In what ways are leaders facilitating the use of student, educator, or school data to assess progress toward their professional learning goals?

• What data do leaders use to inform the evaluation of professional learning?

• What models, theories, or research bodies do leaders use in designing professional learning?

• What factors do leaders consider as they make decisions about the design of professional learning?

• What factors do leaders consider as they support the learners and learning facilitators who make decisions about the design of professional learning?

• What expectations have leaders established for active engagement in professional learning?

• What theory of change guides the leadership team’s plan for full implementation of professional learning?

• How are leaders modeling constructive feedback and teaching others to give and receive constructive feedback about implementation of professional learning?

• How are leaders planning for sustaining implementation of new learning over time?

• How are leaders using leader performance standards to strengthen their leadership capacity?

• How are leaders using performance standards to focus the content of professional learning?

• In what ways do leaders weave together the many initiatives in the school or district to maintain coherence?

Learning Forward is the only professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development. We help our members plan, implement, and measure high-quality professional learning so they can achieve success with their systems, schools, and students.

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