4 Dimensions of School Leadership™

The 4D™ framework describes key actions and dispositions for equity-driven school leaders. It illustrates what school leaders need to know and do to ensure that each student, particularly those furthest from justice, has a school experience that prepares them for a limitless future.

5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning™

The 5D™ framework is a comprehensive reflection of the core elements of effective teaching. It provides a shared language for instruction that grounds teaching and learning in classroom environment and culture, student engagement, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment for student learning and purpose. 

Principal Support Framework

The Principal Support Framework advances school leadership by defining key central office actions to support better school, teaching and learning experiences. Focused on three action areas, the framework is grounded in research on central office transformation for system-wide teaching and learning improvement. 

Teacher Learning Guiding Principles

To create schools and classrooms where all students belong, take ownership of their ideas and have agency in their learning, educators must work and learn differently. This framework identifies what teachers and leaders should do to grow collective efficacy for more equitable experiences and outcomes. 

Leading for Instructional Improvement

BOOK: Educational experts agree that quality teaching is the single most important factor in improving educational outcomes for all students. Leading for Instructional Improvement shows how teacher, school and district leaders can cultivate the expertise of teachers to deliver high-quality instruction.

Leading for Professional Learning

BOOK: Leading for Professional Learning offers field-tested guidance to help school leaders more effectively support teachers’ professional development. With an illustrative case study, this book provides invaluable guidance and is packed with practical tools, processes and expert advice.

Making the Case: Transforming Teacher Professional Learning

CASE STUDY: Rethink your approach to teacher professional learning with this short document that offers a vision for transformative teacher learning and suggests recommendations for first steps you can take. You can use this with the Teacher Learning Guiding Principles as you work to increase collective efficacy on behalf of your students.

Teacher Professional Learning Case Study (Math That’s Open to Everyone)

CASE STUDY: This case study, reprinted with permission from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, illustrates what is possible when school leaders work on beliefs alongside practices, emphasize all students’ ability to engage in rigorous math and create opportunities for teachers to engage in intensive, collaborative practice.   

Building on the Principal Support Framework

TOOL: Interact with the Principal Support Framework’s three action areas. You can (1) assess how well you currently support your principals as instructional leaders in each area; (2) identify evidence to support your assessment; and (3) prioritize next steps in each action area.

Central Office Transformation Toolkit

TOOL: Empower school leaders to improve teaching and learning across your system with this toolkit commissioned by the Wallace Foundation. Learn how you can redesign central offices to support effective school leadership and develop the instructional capabilities of school leaders.   

Characteristics of Instructional Leadership Team Members

TOOL: Explore seven characteristics to guide the growth and development of instructional leadership team members. Instructional leadership teams are a great opportunity to strengthen teacher leadership in support of a school’s vision and mission.

Creating a Theory of Action

TOOL: Develop a rationale behind your strategies and articulate your thinking by generating an evidence-based story that explains the specific changes you intend to make to improve teaching and learning.

Student Experience Story Guide

TOOL: Strengthen how you actively listen to students with this guide that empowers students to tell their stories about their school experiences. Designed by students for students, this guide will be downloadable soon.

Types of Classroom Observation

TOOL: Advance your knowledge and understanding of classroom observation with practical, actionable guidance. This tool outlines the supporting theory, logistical considerations and possible leadership actions behind the three types of classroom observations, illuminating the purposes and techniques behind them.

Beyond Principal Supervision

WEBINAR: Is principal supervision the right focus for helping all principals grow as instructional leaders? This webinar shares research about the importance of central offices not just supervising but also partnering with principals to maximize principals’ learning.

Got Support? Principals and Their Central Offices

WEBINAR: Today’s principals are much more than building managers and disciplinarians. They must also be public relations professionals, curricula experts, data specialists — and instructional leaders. Learn how school systems across the country are adapting to this changed reality. 

Introducing the Principal Support Framework

WEBINAR: What can central office leaders do to improve teaching and learning at scale? Max Silverman, CEL’s executive director, provides an introduction to the Principal Support Framework and the steps districts can take to support principals through instructional leadership.

Keeping the Student at the Center of Instructional Leadership

WEBINAR: Learn instructional-leadership strategies to help principals, coaches and central office leaders to keep students at the center of their work — and improve their ability to give feedback and plan professional development. This is a series of three webinars.

White paper: From Procedures to Partnership

WHITE PAPER: Principal supervisors help improve schools when they emphasize principal growth and learning. But transforming the role of principal supervisors to help grow principals’ instructional leadership skills is challenging. Learn how a group of school systems used research to redesign principal supervisor positions and tackle early implementation challenges.