In Indiana, local school systems are governed by school board members elected by voters or appointed by other public officials. All schools and districts need leaders with the skills, support, and authority to drive improvement.
Effective school leaders are no longer merely managers but are leaders responsible for creating a culture for successful learning. They must ensure students are provided with a safe and supportive learning environment; motivate, challenge, mentor, and inspire teachers in their work; provide ongoing support and staff development; use data to continually assess the strengths and weaknesses of classroom instruction in their school; and engage parents and community members to make certain that students receive the best education possible.
Next Steps to Improve Student Achievement:
- Develop strategies to recruit and retain high quality school leaders, including targeted efforts for women and minorities, and incentives to work in high-poverty, low-achievement schools and districts.
- Provide professional development training for building and district leaders and school board members focused on instructional leadership and best practices for improving student achievement and maximizing the impact of resources and student instructional time.
- Provide professional development for building and district leaders and school board members focused on engaging and working with parents and community to improve student achievement. Identify standards for effective parent and community involvement and provide tools to assist schools in assessing this involvement.
- Align professional development and the performance-based option for license renewal with Indiana’s academic standards and local school improvement plans.
- Strengthen administrator preparation programs. Ensure preparation includes best practices for improving student achievement, effective data analysis, technology utilization, and optimizing resources and instructional time. To ensure administrator preparation programs keep pace with the growing demands of the practicing profession, expect programs to work closely with local school districts.
- Encourage continued collaboration between organizations focused on improving school leadership.