New Leaders for New Schools: Forming Aligned Instructional Leadership Teams

Ben Fenton. ASCD Express.

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Principals cannot lead schools to make breakthrough achievement gains on their own: the support of an aligned instructional leadership team is crucial. Depending on the strengths and the job design of the individuals in the school, the aligned instructional leadership team may include teacher leaders, instructional coaches, and assistant principals. Leadership team members are responsible for implementing schoolwide initiatives for instruction, and they also model cultural norms. So it's imperative that the members of the leadership team share the principal's vision for the school.