Leading Learning Communities

This NAESP guidebook outlines pillars, practices, and priorities for effective principal leadership.

Leading Learning Communities: Pillars, Practices, and Priorities for Effective Principals is designed to be a practical resource for new and experienced principals. It is a distillation of the role of the principal, informed and shaped by experienced principals in diverse schools across the country. It articulates a vision, and practical strategies for what effective principals do, focused on a core set of abilities and beliefs.

The guidebook, which  is intentionally aligned to the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), provides a concise and practice-oriented philosophy of the principalship that is organized around:

  • Pillars: main areas of focus that define the “what” of the principalship;
  • Practices: corresponding strategies for “how” effective principals operate; and
  • Priorities: a shared set of core beliefs that describe the “why” of what effective principals do every day.

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