PreK-3rd: Principals as Crucial Instructional Leaders

Author: Sara Mead (Bellwether Education Partners) / April 5, 2011

Policymakers and educators recognize the critical importance of elementary school principals in leading effective schools to improve student achievement.  In a new PreK-3rd Policy to Action Brief, Sara Mead finds that principals are especially crucial in PreK-3rd settings, where instructional leaders must align standards, curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessments between PreK and the elementary grades.

The brief specifies what principals can do to build high-quality PreK-3rd systems, and how policymakers can address barriers to support principals.