Advancing Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Feature article
21st Century Principals: What They Must Know and Be Able to Do
by Sheila Wilson and Helen Stiff- Williams
Principals in today's schools need particular skills to be effective. A review of the literature resulted in the synthesis of 12 skills that principals must demonstrate to lead 21st century schools effectively. They include:
  1. Visioning                    
  2. Strategic Planning
  3. Collaboration
  4. Data-driven Decision Making
  5. Systems Thinking
  6. Instructional Leadership
  7. Creating and Maintaining a Supportive School Culture
  8. Attention to the Needs of Special Populations
  9. Effective Communication
  10. Facilitating Stakeholder Involvement
  11. Promoting Technology Literacy
  12. Advancing Global Awareness and Cultural Diversity
Wilson (2014) identified five of the twelve skills as high need areas in school leader training for 21st century principals.      Read more.....

Beginning in mid-April, we will bring back our 
Tuesday Teasers. In a series of five weekly emails, we will reveal our amazing lineup of keynote speakers for December 2015. 
Also, watch for early bird registration rates, an invitation to submit a presentation proposal, and more conference tidbits. 

It's going to be the best VASCD conference ever 
(do we say that every year?)!

Professional Learning Opportunity in Mathematics for K-8 Instructional Leaders

The "Partnering with Principals and Teacher Leaders" Math Institute will be held this fall in King George. Lead the learning in your school with deeper understanding and tools that work.
ASCD will host four Professional Development Institutes, June 2-3 in Virginia Beach. 

Building Teachers' Capacity for Success: A Collaborative Approach for Coaches and School Leaders

Differentiated Instruction and the New Standards: Helping All Students Succeed with Challenging Content

Disrupting Poverty: Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools

Essential Questions: Opening Doorways to Student Understanding

As a VASCD member, you are eligible for a 15% discount on your registration fee.