Standard 2: Instructional Leadership
Principals set high standards for the professional practice of 21st century instruction and assessment that result in a no-nonsense accountable environment. The school executive must be knowledgeable of best instructional and school practices and must use this knowledge to cause the creation of collaborative structures within the school for the design of highly engaging schoolwork for students, the on-going peer review of this work, and the sharing of this work throughout the professional community.
Element 2a. Focus on Learning and Teaching, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
The principal leads the discussion about standards for curriculum, instruction and assessment based on research and best practices in order to establish and achieve high expectations for students.
I am responsible for conducting 2-5 learning walks each week using the Lenoir County Schools Calibration Walkthrough Tool. There are many focuses including: student engagement, learning targets, student outcomes, classroom culture, digital tools, instructional alignment, instructional balance, and formative assessment. To the right is a log I use to keep track of the classrooms where I do my learning walks. I leave written feedback after these learning walks or have face to face discussions with the teachers about the wow moments I observed or suggestions for improvement. To save time and paper, I do learning walks electronically and I email a copy to the teacher.