Building Ranks™

Building Ranks | K–12 | A Comprehensive Framework for Effective School Leaders

Building Ranks™: Educational Leadership in Practice

Introducing Building Ranks™, an actionable leadership framework that defines the “what” and “why” of effective school leadership by focusing on two domains: Building Culture and Leading Learning.

These domains target 15 leadership dimensions such as equity, relationships, innovation, collaborative leadership, global-mindedness, and many more to guide principals in tailoring their practice to achieve a dynamic community of care and learning.

The Building Ranks framework:

  • Helps school leaders develop supportive learning environments that ensure the success and well-being of each student and adult in their school communities.

  • Aligns with the National Policy Board for Educational Administration’s (NPBEA) Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards.

  • Translates the standards into day-to-day practice across all grade levels

  • Is validated by What the Research Shows: Building Ranks in Action, an annotated literature review of research

Who Can Benefit From Building Ranks?

This standards-based leadership growth framework is suitable for:

  • Individual school leaders
  • District leaders and superintendents
  • State associations
  • Principal preparation programs

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The Building Ranks framework is brought to life by the Educational Leadership Product Suite:

Don’t know where to start?

Check out the Building Ranks guide that illuminates the framework through reflection exercises, practice tools, case studies, and more.

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