California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Lead professional learning

Learning leaders do not stop at encouraging student learning; they also focus on adult growth and education through professional learning communities. To encourage robust learning communities, leaders can regularly gather:

  1. Schedules for team meetings, agendas, and attendance rosters
  2. Protocols and team norms that ensure that team members respect each other and operate efficiently
  3. Team lessons or unit logs that document team productivity in developing common assessments, pacing guides, and other instructional improvement strategies
  4. Evidence of small wins for both teachers and students: do the teams celebrate success?1

Effective principals also participate as members of the broader district and regional learning community. In that role, principals engage parents and community members as partners in helping all students to succeed. For example, learning leaders ask tough questions such as:

  • Are all key community stakeholders included in the process?
  • How does a focus on success for all students (increased rigor/more challenging classes) help our community?

Create a climate for learning

Ensure availability of instructional resources

1 Mike Schmoker, Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning. Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2006, p. 130.