The work of a school principal requires a wide-ranging skill set to lead, support, and maintain high-quality teaching and learning to help both teachers and students succeed.

The Principalship focus area is a series of learning experiences and supports that equip new leaders to meet the specific demands that come with the first three years of serving as a building principal.

Focus Area

Principalship

Learning Opportunities for Principalship

When principals are better equipped to lead, outcomes for students are improved. We support skill development through personalized pathways built from BL ConnectWorkshops1:1 Coaching, and Learning Walks to achieve clear outcomes.

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Developing a Strengths Based Approach to Leadership

Outcome: I use strengths-based leadership in my practice and evaluate its effectiveness through ongoing reflection and refinement.

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Equity-Minded Leadership

Outcome: I use equity as a lens to evaluate programming in my leadership practice, mitigate resistance as needed, and enact strategies to ensure equitable outcomes for stakeholders.

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Enriching Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Outcome: I evaluate the effectiveness of PLCs and refine PLC structures within my school.

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Increasing Trust and Transparency

Outcome: I leverage trust and transparency to maximize the use of teacher evaluation systems and tools to facilitate educator growth.

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Prioritizing Well-Being

Outcome: I implement the use of wellness strategies in various contexts as needed to maintain my personal, social, and emotional well-being and guide others in doing the same.

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Leading Calibration Conversations

Outcome: I use calibration techniques strategically to guide educators in using evidence-based feedback to facilitate self-reflection and growth in practice.

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Increasing Educator Capacity

Outcome: I use growth-centric tools and strategies to empower teacher development.

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Attracting and Retaining High-Quality Staff

Outcome: I use effective human capital management strategies to anticipate staffing needs, identify successors for key roles, and target growth opportunities for educators.

“The Design Workshops are so engaging, high-level, refreshing, and fun! Any time I work with BetterLesson, I always get tangible resources and strategies as well as motivation to improve my teaching.”

“Every piece of feedback that we've gotten from our principals about BetterLesson support is, 'I can use this, I can shift what I’m doing. This is not just theory but can be put immediately into practice."

Learning Strategies From Our Library

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Building a Professional Learning Community

Study strategies to identify, engage, and empower key faculty members and define the goals of any PLC.

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Illuminating Deeper Feedback

Support teachers to uncover feedback through questioning and coaching that encourages ongoing change in practice.

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Building an Understanding of Social-Emotional Learning for Leaders

Learn methods for leaders to integrate and practice social-emotional learning competencies across classrooms, schools, families, and communities.

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A Focus on Student-Centered Teaching and Learning

We’ve identified four elements that are key for academic success and for building student-centered classrooms. BetterLesson guides teachers, instructional coaches, and leaders through focus areas within each element to lead their professional development journey.

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Instructional Leadership Focus Areas

Improve instruction and learning for teachers and students by building your skills as an instructional leader.

Leading Through Change Lead the improvement of teaching, learning, and overall school climate to enhance student achievement and success. Learn More
Instructional Coaching Provide teachers with personalized coaching cycles that support them growing and developing their teaching practice. Learn More
Collaborative Professional Learning Develop a collaborative professional culture to support student-centered teaching and learning. Learn More
Feedback and Observation Create an authentic, replicable observation and feedback cycle that promotes alignment of student-centered goals and non-evaluative conversation. Learn More
Principalship Equip new leaders to meet the specific demands that come with the first three years of serving as a building principal. Learn More
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Inclusive and Responsive Practices Focus Areas

Build an equitable learning community where all students can be supported, celebrated, and successful.

Social-Emotional Learning Prepare students with the self-awareness, relational, and decision-making skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Learn More
Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Develop learning communities that honor diverse student backgrounds and experiences. Learn More
Trauma-Informed Practices Approach learning with an understanding of the impacts of trauma and adversity on students. Learn More
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Create inclusive educational ecosystems by examining structures, systems, and beliefs informed by race and identity. Learn More
English Learners Support all English Learners to grow and thrive in their learning environments. Learn More
Students with Disabilities Support students with disabilities to learn and grow in their learning environments. Learn More
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Flexible Instructional Models Focus Areas

Find unique ways for all students to learn, communicate, and solve meaningful problems.

Accelerating Growth Accelerate student growth and provide differentiated support for all learners. Learn More
Formative Assessment and Differentiation Provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding, track their progress, and guide their future learning. Learn More
Meaningful Tech Integration Leverage technology in the classroom to maximize student learning and growth. Learn More
Hybrid and Virtual Learning Deliver equitable, engaging, and student-centered instruction and create supportive learning communities in a remote or hybrid model. Learn More
Project-Based Learning Engage students with real-world, inquiry-based tasks. Learn More
Competency-Based Learning Create personalized learning paths that allow students to progress toward goals and demonstrate competency in flexible formats. Learn More
Teachership Empower new teachers to become high-quality educators through professional learning, mentorship, and leadership support. Learn More
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Curriculum and Academic Content Focus Areas

Use learning tools and curriculum to create a student-centered classroom.

Student-Centered Math Create transformative mathematics classrooms where students engage in problem-solving, discourse, application, and critical thinking. Learn More
Student-Centered Literacy Develop students’ literacy skills by supporting student ownership of evidence-based reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Learn More
OUR K-5 / IM K-5 Math Integrate the instructional routines and resources embedded in the OUR K-5 / IM K-5 Math curriculum. Learn More
OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math Strategically implement the OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math curriculum. Learn More
EL Education Strategically implement the EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum to support student-centered literacy instruction. Learn More
Newsela Supercharge reading engagement and infuse literacy skills across content areas using Newsela. Learn More
OpenSciEd Help students make sense of scientific phenomena by harnessing the full power of the OpenSciEd platform. Learn More

Instructional Leadership Focus Areas

Improve instruction and learning for teachers and students by building your skills as an instructional leader.

Leading Through Change Lead the improvement of teaching, learning, and overall school climate to enhance student achievement and success. Learn More
Instructional Coaching Provide teachers with personalized coaching cycles that support them growing and developing their teaching practice. Learn More
Collaborative Professional Learning Develop a collaborative professional culture to support student-centered teaching and learning. Learn More
Feedback and Observation Create an authentic, replicable observation and feedback cycle that promotes alignment of student-centered goals and non-evaluative conversation. Learn More
Principalship Equip new leaders to meet the specific demands that come with the first three years of serving as a building principal. Learn More

Inclusive and Responsive Practices Focus Areas

Build an equitable learning community where all students can be supported, celebrated, and successful.

Social-Emotional Learning Prepare students with the self-awareness, relational, and decision-making skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Learn More
Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Develop learning communities that honor diverse student backgrounds and experiences. Learn More
Trauma-Informed Practices Approach learning with an understanding of the impacts of trauma and adversity on students. Learn More
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Create inclusive educational ecosystems by examining structures, systems, and beliefs informed by race and identity. Learn More
English Learners Support all English Learners to grow and thrive in their learning environments. Learn More
Students with Disabilities Support students with disabilities to learn and grow in their learning environments. Learn More

Flexible Instructional Models Focus Areas

Find unique ways for all students to learn, communicate, and solve meaningful problems.

Accelerating Growth Accelerate student growth and provide differentiated support for all learners. Learn More
Formative Assessment and Differentiation Provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding, track their progress, and guide their future learning. Learn More
Meaningful Tech Integration Leverage technology in the classroom to maximize student learning and growth. Learn More
Hybrid and Virtual Learning Deliver equitable, engaging, and student-centered instruction and create supportive learning communities in a remote or hybrid model. Learn More
Project-Based Learning Engage students with real-world, inquiry-based tasks. Learn More
Competency-Based Learning Create personalized learning paths that allow students to progress toward goals and demonstrate competency in flexible formats. Learn More
Teachership Empower new teachers to become high-quality educators through professional learning, mentorship, and leadership support. Learn More

Curriculum and Academic Content Focus Areas

Use learning tools and curriculum to create a student-centered classroom.

Student-Centered Math Create transformative mathematics classrooms where students engage in problem-solving, discourse, application, and critical thinking. Learn More
Student-Centered Literacy Develop students’ literacy skills by supporting student ownership of evidence-based reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Learn More
OUR K-5 / IM K-5 Math Integrate the instructional routines and resources embedded in the OUR K-5 / IM K-5 Math curriculum. Learn More
OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math Strategically implement the OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math curriculum. Learn More
EL Education Strategically implement the EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum to support student-centered literacy instruction. Learn More
Newsela Supercharge reading engagement and infuse literacy skills across content areas using Newsela. Learn More
OpenSciEd Help students make sense of scientific phenomena by harnessing the full power of the OpenSciEd platform. Learn More

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