Principal Support Framework

The Principal Support Framework is a tool to support central office leaders working to center the student experience and to address education inequity. Updated in 2022, this framework provides system leaders with a student-centered vision for growing equity leadership practices in partnership with school leaders. 


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The Principal Support Framework explores the partnership between school system leaders and principals that is critical for eliminating the inequities that exist in schools. 

Equity-driven school leaders develop school communities in which every student, particularly those furthest from justice, consistently has experiences that result in their social, emotional and academic well-being. A system that organizes around these goals must work differently to foster school leadership for equitable experiences and outcomes. 

Based on research and informed by CEL’s experience with school systems across the country, this framework offers a vision for how central office leaders can improve the conditions and support for growing equity leadership practices across their systems.The updated Principal Support

Framework is divided into four action areas:

  1. Foster an inclusive leadership culture focused on creating equitable experiences and outcomes
  2. Co-create a shared vision of principals as leaders of equitable schools
  3. Create a system of support for principals to grow as leaders of equitable schools
  4. Develop a strategic partnership between the central office and principals

Each action area includes a description of its impact, vision statements and guiding questions that encourage inquiry.

A research summary for the Principal Support Framework can be found here.

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