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Administrators embrace instructional leadership through teaching

Instructional leadership is the idea that principals and administrators should shift away from their managerial roles toward leadership that focuses on building a community of learners, in turn sharing those managerial responsibilities with others. Principals should be visible and accessible, serve as an instructor, have strong communication skills and provide necessary teaching resources.

Teaching helps solidify administrators’ credibility as instructional leaders. Twenty-six states labeled “instructional leadership” as one of the standards for principals, and other states have similar standards that emphasize principal participation in curriculum, instruction and teacher feedback.

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