This activity encourages each education leader to read, view, and research the revised Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015 (PSEL 2015). “As derived from the values, wisdom, and research of the profession, PSEL 2015 represents a significant advancement in guiding principals and other educational leaders’ work” (Murray and Smylie, p. 34). Review the resources, read the articles, gauge your accountability, evaluate your current practices, and spread the word. Improving practice and building capacity in yourself and all stakeholders focuses the school community on the academic success and well-being of each student, the primary responsibility of school leaders and a pillar of PSEL 2015.
Resources for Self-Development and Practice Alignment
Summary: “What the New Educational Leadership Standards Really Mean,” Principal Leadership, May 2016, pp. 34–39.
Webinars: “Unpacking the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders,” April 28, 2016.
“The 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders” January 20, 2016.
Extend and Apply
Distribute links and/or copies and set up a viewing station with a computer, screen, and internet connection. Lead discussions with your administrative, leadership, and/or steering committee team(s). Provide all prospective leaders in your school with an opportunity to share and discuss the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the new Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015. Lead a discussion that compares the National Standards with those in your state or district.