We explore the six key leadership standards that are critical to success. What might be these standards, and how might we enact them?
Standard 1 – School Character Climate, and Culture: the whole work of schools in developing competency in civic, performance, and moral character.
Standard 2 – Leadership of the Educational Program: the progress of schools in constructing, disseminating, and convincing their communities to subscribe to a compelling narrative of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Standard 3 – Teacher Effectiveness in Growing the “Whole Person”: the learning journey of schools in building the adaptive expertise and self-expertise of staff in pursuit of high standards in fulfilling their missions and attaining their graduate outcomes.
Standard 4 – Student Educational Experience and Outcomes: the propensity of schools to ask good questions to produce good answers to multi-dimensional problems about how best to deliver an education for 21C character and competency.
Standard 6 – Teacher Professionalism in a Community of Inquiry and Practice: the knowledge engines of schools that focus on improved student outcomes that are linked directly to graduate outcomes and their related competencies.
Leading schools towards becoming schools of character must involve aspirational rather than restrictive or compliance-driven standards that meet stakeholder expectations for a whole education.