ERIC Number: ED400613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
The Principal and Instructional Leadership.
Terry, Paul M.
Effective-schools research has determined that successful schools are invariably led by a principal who is recognized as an instructional leader. This paper synthesizes and attempts to clarify the most recent perspectives on instructional leadership. Data sources included professional educational journals, trade books on leadership, and anthologies of articles written by professional educators. The paper defines instructional leadership and identifies the personal and professional characteristics of instructional leaders and the tasks in which they engage themselves and others. The paper also discusses strategies for implementing instructional leadership at the school site, the role of the central office in enhancing instructional leadership, the effects of effective instructional leadership on student achievement, and transformational leadership. The paper recommends restructuring the principal's role so that the principal focuses on performing administrative functions and delegates instructional/curricular responsibilities to a curriculum director who works with lead teachers. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Interprofessional Relationship, Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Styles, Principals, School Administration, School Restructuring, School Supervision, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Professors in Educational Administration (Corpus Christi, TX, August 1996).