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Leaders play key roles in implementing standards

By Tracy Crow
October 2021
As Learning Forward continues the process of revising the Standards for Professional Learning, an enduring focus of our conversations is the roles and responsibilities of leaders in using the standards. At all levels — in schools, districts, states, provinces, and charter management organizations — leaders who embrace high-quality professional learning enable teachers and students to fully experience its benefits. Although we believe that all educators, no matter their job title or role, are responsible for applying the standards to plan, implement, facilitate, experience, and evaluate professional learning, we recognize that leaders play a special part. Leadership for professional learning is multifaceted. Leaders prioritize, enable, support, model, and uphold expectations for high-quality professional learning. Therefore, while both current and revised Standards for Professional Learning include a

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Grissom, J.A., Egalite, A.J., & Lindsay, C.A. (2021, February). How principals affect students and schools: A systematic synthesis of two decades of research. The Wallace Foundation. www.wallacefoundation.org/principalsynthesis


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