2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), expected to
be adopted shortly in New Jersey, represent the best thinking and
latest research related to the important role leadership plays in
continuously improving student achievement. The role of the school
leader has shifted from a focus on management to a focus on student
learning. The PSEL emphasize this critical shift to strong and effective
standards will now drive leadership evaluation in New Jersey. We
recognize that any evaluation without reflection focused on growth is
hollow at best and will not bring about major changes in practice. One
of the most powerful positive impacts of implementing a teacher
evaluation system is that educator frameworks provided a common language
about teaching and learning so that deeper conversations and feedback
would lead to continuous growth in teacher practice. Are school and
district leaders engaged in collaborative conversations about leadership
practice? NJPSA/FEA and NJASA decided to use the adoption of new
leadership standards to create a tool that might help you facilitate
this critical dialogue.
NJASA recognized that although the 2015 PSEL are focused on school-level
leadership, they will have their greatest impact when they serve to
inform all educational leaders - superintendents, assistant
superintendents, supervisors, directors and teacher leaders. All leaders
must examine these standards with an eye on how their leadership
supports and enables school-level leadership to apply these standards in
their day-to-day work.
How Do Standards Inform Growth in Leadership?
and NJASA met to discuss two very basic questions, how can standards
truly inform growth in leadership practice for all of our members and
what currently gets in the way of using them effectively? We arrived at
the conclusion that the standards as written lack clarity about the
specific actions leaders must take in order to meet those standards. Our
associations developed a set of questions that we thought were
important to answer in order for these standards to positively impact
all NJ school leaders:
- What does this standard look like in action?
- How can standards foster a leader's professional growth?
- How can using the standards deepen the feedback and the conversation about teaching, learning and leading?
do these standards inform the work of not only principals, but
other educational leaders at both the school and district level?
New Reflection and Growth Tool Created for Our Members
and NJASA have a mutual goal - to assist our members in continuing to
grow in leadership practices that result in higher levels of student
learning. We set out to develop a reflection tool that would help
leaders identify areas of strength and areas of potential growth. We
wanted a tool that could deepen conversations in schools and districts
about the role of leadership and its collective impact on continuous
formed a development team representing superintendents, principals and
directors of curriculum. It was imperative that current school and
district leaders collaboratively create this tool for colleagues. Once
created, a focus group was held with members in various leadership
roles. These members provided valuable feedback and final revisions were
Register for This Free Event
the Executive Directors of NJPSA and NJASA, we ask you, our members, to
mark your calendars NOW for an important event on March 6, when we will
unveil the free PSEL Leadership Reflection and Growth Tool. We invite
you to attend with a group of school/district leaders. As a team, you
will have the opportunity to explore how this tool may help to support
growth and the collective capacity of your leaders to directly impact
school and district improvement. Choose One Session and Register Today: 9 am - noon
or 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis.