Development for Administrators

Overview

It is well-established that effective school leadership contributes to better outcomes for students and schools. However, a 2021 research report, How Principals Affect Students and Schools A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research (Wallace Foundation), suggests that the difference effective principals make may be greater than previously thought.

The research team found that:

The impact of an effective principal has likely been understated, with impacts being both greater and broader than previously believed: greater in the impact on student achievement and broader in affecting other important outcomes, including teacher satisfaction and retention (especially among high-performing teachers), student attendance, and reductions in exclusionary discipline (Refer to page vIIII).

This Development for Administrators section of the Educator Development website is designed to support Utah principals’, assistant principals’, and charter school leaders’ efforts to better understand and develop the school leadership practices that contribute to better outcomes for students and schools.

It is organized around the current Utah Educational Leadership Standards (UELS) and the Utah Model Principal Evaluation System Rubric.

School leaders are also highly encouraged to engage with other sections of the Educator Development website.

Strand 1

The Utah State Standards for Educational Leadership (UELS) within Strand 1 focus on the expectations for school leaders as visionary leaders. Effective educational leaders facilitate the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a shared vision that promotes each student's academic success and well-being.

Practicing Visionary Leadership Toolkit
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Strand 2

The Utah State Standards for Educational Leadership (UELS) within Strand 2 focus on the expectations for school leaders as instructional leaders. Effective educational leaders support teaching and learning by facilitating coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

Promoting Effective Teaching and Learning Toolkit
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Strand 3

The Utah State Standards for Educational Leadership (UELS) within Strand 3 focus on the expectations for school leaders as managers. Effective educational leaders manage school operations and resources to promote the success and well-being of faculty, staff, and students.

Managing to Support Learning Toolkit
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Strand 4

The Utah State Standards for Educational Leadership (UELS) within Strand 4 focus on the expectations for school leaders to engage families and community members. Effective educational leaders engage families and the community in order to create an inclusive, caring, safe, and supportive school environment to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

Engaging Families and Communities Toolkit
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Strand 5

The Utah State Standards for Educational Leadership (UELS) within Strand 5 focus on the expectations for school leaders as ethical leaders. Effective educational leaders act ethically and professionally to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

Committing to Ethical Leadership Toolkit
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Strand 6

The Utah State Standards for Educational Leadership (UELS) within Strand 6 focus on the expectations for school leaders to lead school improvement efforts. Effective educational leaders act as agents of continuous improvement and foster a professional community of teachers and staff to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

Driving Continuous School Improvement Toolkit
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Strand 7

The Utah State Standards for Educational Leadership (UELS) within Strand 7 focus on the expectations for school leaders to lead equitable and culturally responsive schools. Effective educational leaders honor the heritage and background of each student, use culturally responsive practices, and strive for cultural competency and equity of educational opportunity to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Emphasizing Equitable and Culturally Responsive Practices Toolkit
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