Leadership Excellence | What It Is

Find resources which explore and define effective instructional leadership.

Essential Organizational Supports for Early Education: The Development of a New Survey Tool to Measure Organizational Conditions

This paper was co-authored with the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research as part of the partnership on the Five Essentials-Early Education Measurement Project. It briefly introduces the field to the need to broaden our understanding, definition and focus of quality and quality improvement, then chronicles the rigorous survey development methodology and initial pilot results we employed.


Lead Learn Excel - Five Essential Supports for Continuous Learning & Improvement

This framework for continuous professional learning & improvement defines five critical supports necessary to improve child outcomes; note the first critical support of instructional & inclusive leadership. The Ounce, 2014.


A Tale of Two Schools: Organizing Schools for Improvement

This chapter from the Consortium on Chicago School Research’s landmark study of improvement profiles the leaders of two schools with vastly different leadership mindsets – and with very different results. University of Chicago Press, 2010.


Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating PreK-3rd Grade Approaches

This framework from Kristie Kauerz and Julia Coffman outlines how excellent leaders set the vision for are effective instruction as part of comprehensive PreK-3rd grade approaches. University of Washington, 2013.