School leaders are essential to local education agencies (LEA) strategies for improving educational equity and student achievement in public schools in the District of Columbia. To support District of Columbia LEAs, OSSE worked with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, other national experts, and educators from across the District to improve supports for principals. A first result of this effort is the new Model DC School Leadership Standards, which align with national principal standards and are tailored to the local DC context. This document is an optional support for DC LEAs, who can use these standards as a tool in their recruitment, preparation, development, evaluation, and retention of school leaders.
The next step will focus on working with LEAs to offer additional optional supports, with the goal of improving principal preparation, selection and development moving forward. We’d like your voice to inform state-level policies and support, and request your input to ensure that any future efforts address LEA needs and reflect the strategic direction of work on leadership support in DC. Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey about your local education agency’s interests in and approaches to principal support.
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