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Put this issue of PL into practice with the help of our discussion guide. Begin
conversations with your staff members using the suggested questions, and reference
our list of resources for additional exploration of the topic.
Begin the Conversation
A Discussion Guide for Principal Leadership
Use this guide with your staff members to begin conversations that will expand your school's vision of school
improvement, introduce multiple perspectives of successful practices, and focus the local discussion on broader
possibilities for improving student achievement. Selected articles have one or two content questions in each of the
three Breaking Ranks core areas, plus a list of resources for additional exploration of the topic so you can customize the
questions for your school.
To get started:
■ Select one or more of the feature articles for staff discussion.
■ Give all participants a copy of the text. (NASSP grants permission for you to make 100 copies of each article for
■ Ask individuals to suspend their assumptions and use specific textual references to support their comments.
■ Add discussion questions to continue the conversation in a way that's most relevant to your school.
■ Conclude the discussion with open-ended questions designed to further inquiry, such as: How do these actions
align with our existing school improvement initiatives? What would it look like here? What new actions are you
considering after having read the article?
An implementation template is included at the end of the Discussion Guide to help you organize the new actions
being considered for implementation. (For strategies to assist in organizing effective discussion groups, see the
Text-Based Discussion Guidelines at http://www.nassp.org/Content/158/text_based_guide.pdf.)
Article: "The Common Core and School Improvement," by Louis B. Moore
An interdisciplinary task group at Ramapo-Indian Hills Regional High School collaborated to become familiar with the challenges and goals of the
Common Core. What did staff members learn during their collaborative conversations? How did what they learned alter their instructional practices?
What are the perceptions of the Common Core among stakeholders at your school? What practices and structures exist or should exist at your
school to foster collaboration that will increase familiarity of the Common Core or college and career ready standards?
Want to know more?
NASSP & others. (2012). Implementing the common core state standards: The role of the secondary school leaders. Washington, D.C.: Authors.
Reed. P. (2013, January). Leadership skills for implementing the common core. Ten skills enhance principals' capacity for school leadership.
Principal Leadership, 13(5), 64-66. Retrieved from http://www.nassp.org/Content/158/pl_jan13_brip.pdf
Reed, P. (2013, February). Leadership skills for implementing the common core. In part two of this four-part series on 10 leadership skills, the
focus is on the skills involved in resolving complex problems. Principal Leadership, 13(6), 56-58.
Retrieved from http://www.nassp.org/Content/158/pl_feb13_brip.pdf
Reed, P. (2013, March). Leadership skills for implementing the common core. Part three of a four-part series on enhancing principals' capacity for
school leadership focuses on developing self and others. Principal Leadership, 13(7), 64-66.
Retrieved from http://www.nassp.org/Content/158/pl_mar13_brip.pdf
Reed, P. (2013, April). Leadership skills for implementing the common core. Communication skills are the final focus of a four-part series on
enhancing principals' capacity for school leadership. Principal Leadership, 13(8), 64-66.
Retrieved from http://www.nassp.org/Content/158/pl_apr13_brip.pdf
The Common Core provides an opportunity to ensure that we as educators hold all students to high expectations that prepare them to succeed
in college and careers. How can schools create a culture to successfully implement the Common Core or state standards? What are the roles of
school leaders and teachers in ensuring that all students are held to high expectations? How successful are their efforts to develop and sustain a
culture of high expectations?
What structures and strategies are in place at your school that support successful implementation of the Common Core or college and career
ready standards? What actions might your school take to enhance student understanding of their own role in preparing for success in their
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal Leadership - April 2015
From the Editor
Cases in Point
Healthy Schools, Healthy Students
Advocates for Acceptance
Creating a Socially Inclusive School
Out of the Darkness: Making Student Mental Health a Priority
How Do You Evaluate Leadership?
The Common Core and School Improvement
Discussion Guide: The Common Core and School Improvement
Leading in Turbulent Times
Need a Little TLC?
The Principal Story by Nomadic Pictures
Growing Your STEMs
Breaking Ranks in Practice
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