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ERIC Number: EJ975540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
Best from the Best: Distinguished Principals Offer Nine Instructional Leadership Practices That Work
Principal, v91 n4 p20-25 Mar-Apr 2012
The term "best practice" is commonly used to describe "what works" in a specific situation or environment. When principals face a thorny challenge, they turn to their colleagues in the principalship for ideas about which strategies, activities, and approaches have proved to be effective and efficient in addressing the issue. NAESP plays a crucial role, providing information, research, and networking opportunities--connecting what works with what principals need. A successful practice that is supported by data is a research-based or scientifically based practice. In adopting a best practice, principals should consider if the strategy or approach needs to be adapted to work in their school's unique culture. The 61 National Distinguished Principal honorees in the class of 2011 know how to run successful schools, so when they reveal their best practices on instructional leadership, the ideas likely are worth adapting or replicating. Nine instructional leadership practices that work are described by distinguished principals: (1) Student-Centered Teacher Evaluation (Jillian C. Nesgos, Boston Renaissance Charter Public School, Hyde Park, MA); (2) Student-Led Conferences (James Mule, St. Amelia School, Tonawanda, NY); (3) Academic Partner (Christine M. Foxen Collier, Center for Inquiry School, Indianapolis, IN); (4) Authentic Learning (Linda L. Bleile, Wiscasset Middle School, Wiscasset, ME); (5) Outdoor Classroom (Kyle Marie Langille, Bicentennial Elementary School, Nashua, NH); (6) Summer Mobile Library (Regina R. Stewman, Sonora Elementary School, Springdale, AR; (7) Points for Parents (Linda C. Wood, Harrowgate Elementary School, Chester, VA); (8) MORRE Support for Reluctant Readers (Lawrence P. DiPalma, Prendergast Elementary School, Ansonia, CT); and (9) Daily Intervention Block (Christopher A. Daniels, Chouteau Elementary School, Kansas City, MO).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Connecticut; Indiana; Maine; Massachusetts; Missouri; New Hampshire; New York; Virginia