• A. Focus the principal’s role on building leadership capacity, achieving learning goals, and improving instruction


    WW    1. The principal makes sure everyone understands their role in continuously elevating professional practice.

    WW  2. The principal develops the leadership capacity of others in the school.

    WW  3. The principal models and communicates the expectation of improved student learning through commitment, discipline, and careful implementation of effective practices.

    WW    4. The principal participates actively with the school’s teams.

    WW    5. The principal keeps a focus on instructional improvement and student learning outcomes.

    WW    6. The principal monitors curriculum and classroom instruction regularly.

    WW    7. The principal spends at least 50% of his/her time working directly with teachers to improve instruction, including classroom observations.

    WW    8. The principal compiles reports from classroom observations, showing aggregate areas of strength and areas that need improvement without revealing the identity of individual teachers.

    WW  9. The principal celebrates individual, team, and school successes, especially related to student learning outcomes.

    WW  10. The principal offers frequent opportunities for staff and parents to voice constructive critique of the school’s progress and suggestions for improvement.

    WW  11. The principal plans opportunities for teachers to share their strengths with other teachers.

  • B. Deliver sound instruction in a variety of modes:  Preparation


    WW  1. All teachers are guided by a document that aligns standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

    WW    2. All teachers develop weekly lesson plans based on aligned units of instruction.

    3. All teachers use objectives-based unit pre-tests and post-tests.

    WW    4. All teachers individualize instructional plans in response to individual student performance on pre-tests and other methods of assessment to provide support for some students and enhanced learning opportunities for others.

    WW  5. All teachers maintain a record of each student’s mastery of specific learning objectives.

  • C. Deliver sound instruction in a variety of modes:  Teacher-Directed Instruction (Whole-Class or Small Group) - Interacting with Students


    WW  1. All teachers re-teach following questioning.

    WW  2. All teachers use open-ended questioning and encourage elaboration.

    WW 3. All teachers re-direct student questions.

    WW 4. All teachers encourage peer interaction.

    WW  5. All teachers encourage students to paraphrase, summarize, and relate.

    WW  6. All teachers encourage students to check their own comprehension.

    WW  7. All teachers verbally praise students.

  • D. Maintain sound classroom management


    WW 1. All teachers provide students with curriculum-related activities for use when the student is waiting for assistance from the teacher.

    WW 2. Transitions between instructional modes are brief and orderly.

    WW    3. All teachers use a variety of instructional modes (whole-class, teacher-directed groups, student-directed groups, independent work, computer-based, and homework).

    WW  4. All teachers maintain well-organized student learning materials in the classroom.

    WW  5. All teachers display classroom rules and procedures in the classroom.

    WW  6. All teachers reinforce classroom rules and procedures by positively teaching them.

    WW 7. All teachers conduct an occasional "behavior check."

    WW 8. All teachers engage all students (e.g., encourage silent students to participate).


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