Essay on Instructional Leadership

919 Words Oct 20th, 2012 4 Pages
Effective school leadership today must combine the traditional school leadership duties such as teacher evaluation, budgeting, scheduling, and facilities maintenance with a deep involvement with specific aspects of teaching and learning. Effective instructional leaders are intensely involved in curricular and instructional issues that directly affect student achievement (Cotton, 2003). The writer of this paper acknowledges that school principals should play the role of instructional leaders, not just a school manager. The reality is that are many demands on a principals time and management skills making it difficult for most of them to spend time in classrooms, when performing teacher evaluation. Principals often make sure that teachers …show more content…
In addition to making the principal’s job more manageable, shared decision making also helps in empowering teachers and creating “buy in” for implementing change.
Cotton (2003) suggests that effective principals not only collaborate with staff on decision making, but also encourage staff to work together on instruction and curriculum best practices. The writer feels that it also allows teachers and principals to learn and build on the strengths of their colleagues. If principals are effective in creating a collaborative school with professional learning communities, then risk taking and learning takes place at all levels, thereby improving instructional practices.
If principals are to take the role of instructional leader seriously, they will have to free themselves from bureaucratic tasks and focus their efforts towards improving teaching and learning. Instructional improvement is an important goal, a goal worth seeking, and a goal when implemented, allows both students and teachers to control their own destiny in making a more meaningful learning environment. Brewer (2001) suggests that the role of the instructional leader be expanded to incorporate a shift away from "management" (working in the system of administrative tasks) toward "leadership" (working on the system) and in the case being argued it is ‘instructional leadership’. To achieve this

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