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This framework helps school system leaders determine how well they support principals as instructional leaders.

Principal Support Framework Version 2.0The Principal Support Framework represents the best thinking of educators from across the country about the support needed to advance principal leadership focused on improving teaching and learning at scale.

School system leaders can use this framework and the related self-assessment tool to answer key questions in three action areas:

  1. To what degree does the school system have a shared vision of principals as instructional leaders?
  2. What – if any – systems of support for developing principals as instructional leaders are in place?
  3. To what extent does the school system make it possible for principals to be instructional leaders?

Each action area highlights several key ideas that make up the vision for that area, with statements that provide possible evidence that would show a school system is fulfilling those ideas.

The entire framework is grounded in the findings of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Leading for Effective Teaching project and other key research, including the work of Meredith Honig and colleagues at the University of Washington on central office transformation for district-wide teaching and learning improvement.

If you want to know where your school system stands on supporting principals as instructional leaders or need a vision to move towards, the Principal Support Framework offers a research-based and practice-tested foundation to get you started.

(Looking for the first version of the Principal Support Framework? Check here.)

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