Future leaders need opportunities to learn and grow

By Beverly Hutton
October 2021
Beverly Hutton is chief programs officer at the National Association of Secondary School Principals and an advisor to The Learning Professional. What is your professional learning focus? I am always thinking about how to grow the leadership pipeline, from teacher leaders to assistant principals to principals and up. We need to strengthen the whole pathway to leadership, and, to do that, educators need opportunities to learn and develop at every stage. In districts, professional development staff tend to work mostly with teacher leaders around building teachers’ capacity. But we need to also build those teacher leaders up for the future. How many districts include teacher leaders on horizontal leadership teams? They should include them so those future leaders can learn and grow into new roles.

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Beverly Hutton has 20+ years of school leadership experience including positions as an assistant principal, principal, and central office administrator. With more than 30 years of education experience in New Jersey, a state marked by its broad diversity of school district types, ranging from rural, to urban, to suburban, she uses her experiences and expertise to represent and support the stakeholders that NASSP represents on the national level. Hutton served as the co-chair of the writing committee for the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, and currently serves on American University’s Advisory Board of the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success. She also serves on the Education Advisory Committee for K12; the nation’s leading online public education provider.

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