NPRC Best Practices: Instructional Leadership—Supporting Teachers

NAESP National Principals Resource Center

Best Practices: Instructional Leadership—Supporting Teachers


Year Round Practical Strategies That Help with Common Core


Larry Bell, Owner/President, Multicultural America, Inc.


This engaging session provides participants with practical strategies that will prepare students for the Common Core and other assessments. The “12 Powerful Words” strategy will help students master the nomenclature found on standardized tests. The UNRA(A)VEL Reading/Comprehension Strategy will assist students in mastering the passages found on complex assessments. This webinar is a part of Learning First Alliance’s Get it Right campaign on Common Core implementation.

Articles from Principal Magazine

Principal coverPrincipal September/October 2015:
“Managing Teacher Talent”

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Adapt and Evolve

A supportive culture of reflection guides teachers toward effective Common Core implementation.

—Aaron Theil

The Main Points of Teacher Evaluation

To help teachers grow, principals must take on the combined role of supervisor and evaluator.
—John F. Eller and Sheila A. Eller

Teacherpreneurs as Agents of Reform

Teacher leaders who incubate and execute ideas for school reform.
—Barnett Berry

Common Core Meets Uncommon Kids

Finding common ground with students on the autism spectrum.
—Barbara Boroson

Eliminate Ping-Pong Behavior

3 classroom management strategies that inspire confidence in your teachers.
—Stephen E. Boyd

Principal coverPrincipal November/December 2014:
“Supporting Teachers”

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Better Together

National Distinguished Principals share models for effectively working with teacher leaders.
—Susan McLester

Inspired Instructional Coaching

Stimulate teaching by structuring meaningful observations and feedback that will improve instruction schoolwide.
—Sandra A. Trach

Multiply Teacher Talent

What if your well-intended guidance stifles gifted teaching, rather than encourages it?
—Elise Foster

Edcamps & Unconferences

Ignite professional development by unlearning traditional roles and formats.
—Meredith Barnett

Articles from Communicator

Communicator August 2016:
“Why You Should Help Teachers Find Their Voice”

How listening to and learning from teachers will help you be a better leader. Read more.

Communicator July 2016:
“Great Ideas for Welcoming Your Teacher Back”

Use these simple tips to energize your staff and get them off to a good start. Read more.

Communicator imageCommunicator May 2016:
“4 Tips for Better New Teachers”

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NAESP Conference speaker Todd Whitaker shares insights on how great principals hire, train, and support new teachers. Read more.

Communicator imageCommunicator April 2016:
“Three Ways to Show Teachers Your Support”

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Celebrate the teachers at your school during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6. Read more.

Communicator March 2016:
“Teacher Evaluation Roundup”

4 tips and resources to maximize teacher evaluation efficiency and effectiveness. Read more.

Communicator January 2016:
“Video vs. Traditional Observations”

Which method provides the best picture of a teacher's classroom? Read more.

Communicator imageCommunicator February 2016:
“Student Teachers: There’s a Checklist for That”

Communicator imageHow to create a welcoming environment for student teachers. Read more.

NAESP Conference Presentations

Presentation imageSpeaker Series: Building Instructional Leadership Capacity

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Primary Presenter

Ann Cunningham-Morris, Ed.S — Education Consultant and Author, ACM EdSolutions, LLC


Deborah ChildsBowen, Ed.D. — Chief Learning Officer, Creative Mind Enterprise


The research is clear...principals make a difference in teacher and student success. So, what leadership development practices should be in place to assure that principals and aspiring principals reach their full leadership potential so that students benefit? How can we assure that principal leadership development becomes the catalyst for impacting overall school improvement? How do we approach principal growth and professional learning using strengths-based strategies and practices? In this session, participants will explore the answers to these questions through four key roles and 17 impactful criteria of effective instructional leaders. Participants will leave this session armed with an increased repertoire of leadership development practices and action steps to use in their districts and schools.

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Presentation imageMaximizing the Impact of Instructional Coaching

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Primary Presenter

Dora Daniluk, MA — Consultant, Retired Texas Educator


Maximizing the impact of instructional coaching on a campus first requires the right combination of instructional coach, principal support, and campus readiness. This session will provide insight into these key ingredients as well as a menu of strategies and activities that an administrator can use to enhance the instructional coaching program on a school campus.

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Presentation imageSchool Improvement: Balancing Culture and Instruction

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Primary Presenter

Donna J. Snyder, Ed.D — Director, Elementary Education, Arlington Public Schools


Amy J. Krause, Master’s Degree — Instructional Coach, Ankeny Community School District


Balancing both culture and instruction are necessary components for school improvement. This presentation addresses both elements while providing detailed tools to strengthen teacher collaboration, improve team development, instructional delivery and productivity while creating a climate for capacity building. Strategies applying this school’s model to a district initiative will be provided.

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