Leadership Standards, Resources and Support

Core Proposition 1. Vision, Mission, and Advocacy

  • Standard Indicator 1.1 Shared Vision and Mission: In collaboration with school staff and community members, the leader develops and promotes a school vision and mission for successful learning and development of each child that advances the district vision and mission and reflects pertinent data.
  • Standard Indicator 1.2 Stakeholder Communication and Engagement: The leader communicates internally and externally with stakeholders and the community as well as leverages community resources to advance the organization’s vision and mission.

Core Proposition 2. Strategic Leadership for Results

  • Standard Indicator 2.1 Organizational Capacity: The leader continually builds organizational capacity by recruiting, hiring, supporting, and developing an effective and caring staff of teachers and other professionals.
  • Standard Indicator 2.2 Strategic Management Systems: The leader designs, develops, and implements strategic management systems while monitoring systems for effectiveness and efficiency through a continuous improvement process.

Core Proposition 3. Supports for Learning

  • Standard Indicator 3.1 Support for Students: The leader develops a system of collective responsibility for meeting the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of each student.

Core Proposition 4. Teaching and Learning

  • Standard Indicator 4.1 Instructional Focus: The leader ensures teaching and learning are the primary focus of the organization.
  • Standard Indicator 4.2 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: The leader ensures the implementation of a rigorous and relevant system of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Standard Indicator 4.3 Supporting Instructional Practice: The leader supports improvement of teacher practice through evidence-based, actionable feedback and guidance related to resources and opportunities for continuous improvement of practice.

Core Proposition 5. Climate and Culture

  • Standard Indicator 5.1 Relationship Building: The leader builds authentic, productive relationships with and among students, staff, parents/caregivers, and the community in the interest of student learning.
  • Standard Indicator 5.2 Respect for Diverse Cultures: The leader honors the culture of students, adults, and the larger community, demonstrating respect for diversity and ensuring equity.
  • Standard Indicator 5.3 Safe Environment: The leader creates and maintains a physically, emotionally, and intellectually safe environment that promotes effective teaching and student learning.

Core Proposition 6. Ensuring Professionalism

  • Standard Indicator 6.1 Rational and Transparent Decision Making: Provides a clear rationale for decision making, considering the needs of the school community.
  • Standard Indicator 6.2 Professional Conduct: The leader models and establishes a culture in which a high degree of professionalism is practiced by all stakeholders.

Core Proposition 7. Reflection and Growth

  • Standard Indicator 7.1 Self-Reflection and Continuous Improvement: The leader reflects on personal and professional strengths and areas for development, and adjusts practice for continuous improvement.

Leader Connect

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: Connect with your building leader colleagues to share, learn and grow your professional practice.

Join us the third Tuesday of every month (October– May), 8:30-9:30 am for a virtual get-together with your peers.   Facilitated by nationally recognized educational consultant and author, Kim Marshall. Register here!

Sample agenda:

  • Welcome and introductions, 8:30am
  • Presentation on a topic of interest, 8:35am
  • Sharing issues and ideas, 9am
  • Closing, 9:30

Feedback from the field…

“Thanks again for the invite! A great hour spent!” – High School Principal

“Thanks for including me in this morning’s  session with Kim.  Great conversation…interesting perspectives and experiences from the folks tuning in. – Early Elementary School Principal

“Awesome meeting.  I picked up 2-3 ideas that I can put into use today.  All-day conferences have merit, but they are tough with today’s administrative schedules.  Great also to connect with other Maine folks.”  – High School Principal

“ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! What a great resource for us.  This made my day.  I read the Marshall Memo each week, but it comes alive with this level of interaction… very powerful… I would like to share this with my colleagues with the hopes of having them connect next time.”  – High School Principal and Director 

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