Principal Leadership

  • Introduction

    While teacher instruction is the most important factor in student achievement, principal leadership is a critical component in ensuring that teachers have the support and resources they need to be effective. Principals create a positive school culture that fosters student learning and achievement. They set high expectations for all students and provide support and resources to help them meet those expectations. Principals also build strong relationships with students, teachers, and parents, and work collaboratively with all stakeholders to create a shared vision for the school. They provide instructional leadership by supporting teachers in implementing evidence-based teaching practices and ensuring that all students have access to high-quality instruction. They also monitor student progress and use data to inform instruction and make adjustments as needed. By providing strong leadership and creating a supportive and engaging learning environment, effective principals can inspire and motivate students to achieve their full potential. 

    A strong partnership between the Office of Student Learning (OSL) staff and building principals is essential to ensuring the academic success of all students. OSL provides support for academic programs and initiatives across the district. Building principals oversee the day-to-day operations of schools and are responsible for ensuring that students receive a high-quality education. By working together, OSL and building principals ensure that academic programs and initiatives will have the intended impact on student learning and achievement. 

    Association of Washington School Principals School Leader Paradigm

    Association of Washington School Principals Leadership Framework