Becoming the Instructional Leader of Your Building
A Critical Action Guide

Dr. John Hattie’s work in Visible Learning (2009) reveals that not all practices are equal in terms of positive impact on student achievement.  While almost everything in education works, the important questions are to what degree and is that the degree of improvement acceptable?  Regarding leadership, we know with a high degree of certainty that some practices have more positive impact on improving student achievement than others.  In Dr. Hattie’s article, High Impact Leadership, (2015), he reveals those leadership practices that have a high effect size. Leaders who do these things make the most difference:

  • Create safe and collaborative environments for learning
  • Emphasize and model monitoring and evaluation of the impact of the building’s focus work
  • Strive continually for improvement

The materials found in this course focus on helping the building instructional leader immediately implement those critical actions necessary to develop structures and practices that bring about the most impact on student achievement.  This course is not intended to be a comprehensive leadership package; rather, it is a guide designed to offer specific, critical actions to help the building leader “get started” in becoming the true instructional leader of the school. For specific instructions on using these materials, click here to go to an overview of this course.

Learner Objectives:

How will the educational leader:

  1. Promote a culture that is safe for collaboration?
  2. Gain knowledge and understanding of research-based effective teaching/learning practices?
  3. Gain knowledge and understanding regarding the importance and use of common formative assessments to drive instruction?
  4. Determine the current reality of the building through the use of data?

Hattie, J. (2009). Visible learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement. New York, NY: Routledge.
Hattie, J. (2015). High impact leadership.  Educational Leadership, 72(5). 36-40.


Participant and Presenter Materials

Participant Materials

Participant Handouts

This handout packet for participants includes additional useful tools to start becoming an instructional leader.

link Pre-Reading (To access this article email deseonlinelearning@dese.mo.gov for the password)

pdf-icon Handout Packet

Pre/Post Educator-Learner Assessments

Pre and post assessments are a component of high quality professional development.It is recommended that all consultants and other trainer/facilitators use them as they tailor their professional development for their audience. The pre/post assessment and the answer key are posted below for downloading and administering.

Word Leadership Pre-Post Assessment with Answer Key

Presenter Materials

Presenter PowerPoint with Notes

PowerPoint files with detailed presenter notes are available for each learning package.

ppt icon Becoming an Instructional Leader

Implementation Supports

pdf-icon Essential Planning Inventory

Word Leadership Practice Profile

Excel-icon Self-Assessment Practice Profile Workbook

Word Building-Implementation-Plan

Additional Information and Resources

Word References

Additional Information: MLDS Modules and Resources

Module 1: What’s All the Fuss About Leadership

Word Overview of Leadership

ppt icon Why Leadership Matters

Word Leadership Development System Organization Chart

Module 2: Essential Knowledge and Skills of an Effective Principal

Word A-Critical Firsts

Word B-Recognizing and developing excellent instruction

Word C-Essay on Cause and Effect

Word D-7 Principles of Active Observation

Word E-Understanding Self and Others

Word F-Decision making for new school administrators

Word G-Reading and Shaping School Culture

Word H-Building a Culture of Trust

Word I-Assessment of Trust

Word J-Make Time for Instructional Leadership

Word K-Designing and Leading Change

Word L-Communication and Influencing Skills

Word M-Human Resource Leadership

Module 3: Leading for Equity

link Excerpt from Building Equity: Policies and Practices to Empower Learners: http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/publications/books/building-equity-sample-chapters.pdf#page=14

ppt icon Dimensions of Identity

ppt icon Equity Taxonomy

ppt icon MMD Equality and Equity

Module 4: Effective Leadership Research

Word Effective Leadership Research