NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: EJ788534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-12
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
California District Makes Instructional Leadership a Priority
Gewertz, Catherine
Education Week, v27 n27 p1, 16 Mar 2008
This article reports on Norwalk-La Mirada school district's work to transform the principals of its 29 schools into leaders of instruction, rather than managers of school buildings. Policymakers nationwide increasingly see the shift as crucial for academic achievement, but relatively few districts have taken concrete steps to help principals make it. The district of 24,000 students on Los Angeles County's southeastern edge sought the help of the University of Washington's Center for Educational Leadership four years ago, when the district began focusing intensely on improving literacy. The partnership's theory is that teachers can improve instruction best when they have principals who know how to recognize good teaching and help them build those skills. As part of the district's partnership, coaches from the Center for Educational Leadership help Norwalk-La Mirada staff members with both literacy instruction and leadership skills. Each month is punctuated by large-group training, classroom walk-throughs, and small-group coaching. The center has developed a rubric that measures principals' mastery of 13 aspects of instructional leadership; it shows the district's principals making progress.
Editorial Projects in Education. 6935 Arlington Road Suite 100, Bethesda, MD 20814-5233. Tel: 800-346-1834; Tel: 301-280-3100; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California