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The Innovate Principal Conference, will focus on five essential strands


Standard 1 – Instructional Leadership

The principal is responsible for ensuring every student receives high-quality instruction.

  • 1a. Rigorous and aligned curriculum and assessment – The principal implements rigorous curricula and assessments aligned with state standards, including college and career readiness standards
  • 1b. Effective instructional practices – The principal develops high-quality instructional practices among teachers that improve student performance
  • 1c. Data-driven instruction and interventions – The principal monitors multiple forms of student data to inform instructional and intervention decisions and to close the achievement gap
  • 1d. Maximize learning for all students – The principal ensures that effective instruction maximizes growth of individual students and student groups, supports equity, and eliminates the achievement gap

Standard 2 – Human Capital

The principal is responsible for ensuring there are high-quality teachers and staff in every classroom throughout the school.

  • 2a. Targeted selection, placement, and retention – The principal selects, places, and retains effective teachers and staff
  • 2b. Tailored development, feedback, and coaching – The principal coaches and develops teachers by giving individualized feedback and aligned professional development opportunities.
  • 2c. Staff collaboration and leadership – The principal implements collaborative structures and provides leadership opportunities for effective teachers and staff.
  • 2d. Systematic evaluation and supervision – The principal conducts rigorous evaluations of all staff using multiple data source.

Standard 3 – Executive Leadership: The principal is responsible for modeling a consistent focus and personal responsibility for improving student outcomes.

  • 3a. Resiliency and change management– The principal remains solutions-oriented, treats challenges as opportunities, and supports staff through changes.
  • 3b. Commitment to ongoing learning– The principal proactively seeks and acts on feedback, reflects on personal growth areas and seeks development opportunities, and accepts responsibility for mistakes.
  • 3c. Communication and interpersonal skills– The principal tailors communication strategies to the audience and develops meaningful and positive relationships.
  • 3d. Ethical Behavior– The principal adheres to the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators in such a way that it demonstrates the moral imperative to educate all children and follows practices and procedures of his or her respective district.

Standard 4 – School Culture

The principal is responsible for establishing and implementing a shared vision and culture of high expectations for all staff and students.

  • 4a. Shared vision of high achievement – The principal develops and implements a shared vision of high expectations for students and staff.
  • 4b. Culture of high expectations – The principal establishes and monitors clear expectations for adult and student conduct and implements social and emotional supports for students.
  • 4c. Intentional family and community engagement – The principal engages families and community members in student learning.
  • 4d. Safe school environment – The principal creates an atmosphere of safety that encourages the social, emotional, and physical well-being of staff and students.
  • 4e. Discipline – The principal uses a variety of student discipline techniques to meet the behavioral and academic needs of individual students.

Standard 5 – Strategic Operations

The principal outlines and tracks clear goals, targets, and strategies aligned to a school vision that continuously improves teacher effectiveness and student outcomes.

  • 5a. Strategic planning – The principal outlines and tracks clear goals, targets, and strategies aligned to a school vision that improves teacher effectiveness and student outcomes.
  • 5b. Maximized learning time – The principal implements daily schedules and a year -long calendar that plan for regular data-driven instruction cycles, give students access to diverse and rigorous course offerings, and build in time for staff professional development.
  • 5c. Tactical resource management – The principal aligns resources with the needs of the school and effectively monitors the impact on school goals.
  • 5d. Policy implementation and advocacy – The principal collaborates with district staff to implement and advocate for district policies that meet the needs of students and staff.