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Evolution of Standards

2004-2005: A working group on school leadership comprised of representatives from professional organizations, advisory boards, universities, and practicing school administrators was formed and chaired by Stinson Stroup of PASA and Terry Barnaby of PSEA.

Two-fold mission: Explored relevant current research on school leadership in order to develop a coherent framework for school leaders at all levels and then designed strategies to deliver the content and experiences identified in the framework, which support good practices.

Outcome achieved: Common standards for leadership at the teacher, school-based leader, and district level; developed after an exploration of research.

Further work: In late spring 2005, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units continued to refine standards and identified 3 core standards and 6 "COROLLARY" standards, and then developed a design for implementation of the initiative. A PAIU Advisory Board and a Project Team was formed to address the PA Inspired Leadership Initiative.

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Core Standards

Both the Grow and Support components of the PA Inspired Leadership Initiative are designed to address the following three statewide "core" leadership standards:

The leader has the knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically, creating an organizational vision around personalized student success.

The leader is grounded in standards-based systems theory and design and is able to transfer that knowledge to his/her job as the architect of standards-based reform in the school.

The leader knows how to access and use appropriate data to inform decision-making at all levels of the system.

Corollary Standards

The Corollary Standards component of the PA Inspired Leadership Initiative also addresses the following six statewide "COROLLARY" leadership standards. The curriculum will include Units 5-10 from the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) courses.

  1. The leader creates a culture of teaching and learning with an emphasis on learning.
  2. The leader manages resources for effective results.
  3. The leader collaborates, communicates, engages, and empowers others inside and outside of the organization to pursue excellence in learning.
  4. The leader operates in a fair and equitable manner with personal and professional dignity.
  5. The leader advocates for children and public education in the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
  6. The leader supports professional growth of self and others through practice and inquiry.