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Document Number: 10728

The Complex Role of an Effective Principal - Typically, principals spend 30% of their time on administrative activities, 20% on operations, and less than 10% on instructional-related activities such as classroom observation and professional development for teachers and staff. Itís reality versus the ideal situation, suggests a recent brief which analyzed a decade of school leadership research. To be more effective, principals might delegate responsibility for running a school, perhaps to an assistant principal if the principal is instruction-oriented, or to teacher-led teams for curriculum and instruction if he or she is focused on operations. Twenty-seven states have principal evaluation standards aligned with research. In Massachusetts, principals will be judged on instructional leadership, management and operations, family and community involvement, and professional culture. One challenge will be district leaders, who work outside schools, will capture and document effective school leadership. (The Rennie Center, Spring 2013)...

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