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This paper discusses how educational leadership is one of the most significant issues at this time, with regard to all levels of education and how the accountability trend in education has made the needs and standards of educational leadership rise to the top of essential issues in educational leadership and standards for principles and other administrative leaders of schools and districts. In particular, the paper looks at how the development of a standards based practice and implementation for the creation of and support of a school has become more and more the responsibility of the principle. The paper also contends that the principle as the instructional leader must also be the community advocate for teacher and staff development researching and offering as much support for continuing education as possible.
From the Paper:"In many ways the role of the principle, in the past has been one that dealt with all things outside of the classroom, while teachers were expected and assumed to be the main and singular managers of the instructional programs and the classroom. Yet, it must also be noted that top down, district and school decisions made about curriculum and instructional programs are sometimes seen as voiceless with regard to the input of teachers. In a properly supervised environment the challenges of bridging these two divergent views are lessoned, as each party becomes more aware of the role and best practices of the other and of the stakeholder pull, for change in either direction. Levin and Riffel stress that school change is on the horizon, globally as the demands of all three groups interplay to come up with an appropriate change outcome that better educates children and adults for a changing society. "
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