Effective school leadership requires a collaborative effort between teacher leaders, principals, and district leaders. School leaders face many challenges that can only be resolved through active and ongoing collaboration with the district office. District offices can remove barriers, provide resources, and give support. One of the most important responsibilities of many district leaders today is to develop and support instructional leadership in principals.
Examples of District leader responsibilities:
- District leaders create district cultures that support schools and school leaders.
- District leaders look for opportunities to redesign district structures, staffing, policies, and procedures to better support schools and school leaders
- District leaders create district-wide systems for professional learning
- District leaders provide mentoring, coaching, and other professional learning opportunities for school leaders.
- District leaders supervise principals.
- District leaders provide support for the operational aspects of school leadership (school finance, human resources, and program support (federal programs, curriculum, assessment)