By Lourdes Yogore
What does it take to be a true educational leader?
Are school administrators educators, or are they managers? One might be quick to label them managers, as they spend more time at meetings, managing staff and allocating resources. However, it’s also their duty (and probably the most important one at that) to improve the quality of the school program and to ensure that students learn—aspects that are closely related to being educators. School administrators, then, are instructional leaders.
What is Instructional Leadership?
It was in the 1990s that the “instructional leadership” trend took off in educational circles. Instructional leadership is defined by well-known educator William Greenfield as “those actions undertaken with the intention of developing a productive and satisfying working environment for teachers and desirable
learning conditions and outcomes for children.”
Respected professor in educational leadership Philip Hallinger, on the other hand, adds that instructional leadership has three main dimensions, each of which has specific job functions that the instructional leader must carry out.. Read More