ERIC Number: ED484405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Comprehensive School Reform at the Helm: The North Carolina Instructional Leadership Reform Program. Benchmark. Volume 5, Issue 4, Fall 2004
Janc, Helen; Appelbaum, Deborah
National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform
This newsletter discusses how in many ways the development of the school reform concept parallels with the evolution of thinking about principal leadership over the past decade. Under Comprehensive School Reform (CSR), schools are increasingly being asked to use data to plan for improvement and to fortify instruction and professional development by using research-based practices. At the same time, the idea of a strong principal has shifted from the traditional one--focused on discipline, working with parents and staff, record keeping, special education, and accountability, among other diverse roles--to that of, first and foremost, an instructional leader with a vision for reform. Under this new vision of leadership, principals guide school planning and decision-making based on data and are keenly aware of the nature of instructional practice occurring in the school. With the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, expectations for principals as instructional leaders have been ratcheted up even further. At the intersection of these two movements--CSR and principals as instructional leaders--the North Carolina Instructional Leadership Reform Program (ILRP) is preparing principals of CSR schools to be both instructional and reform leaders. The ILRP is notable not only for the depth of information and training encompassed in the program, but also for its overall support for CSR districts and schools through technical assistance and evaluations. Drawing from lessons learned from the first year of the pioneering ILRP, the role of the principal in CSR and the ILRP is discussed. This newsletter concludes with insights for other states as they support principals in their leadership of CSR schools.
Descriptors: Principals, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Administrator Role, Leadership Training, Educational Improvement, Federal Legislation, Transformational Leadership, Teaching Methods
National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20037-1801. Tel: 877-766-4277 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform, Washington, DC.