Principal supervisors can play an important role in developing and supporting principals. National conferences, new principal supervisions standards, and other local efforts have promoted changes to the role to better support principals. The Wallace Foundation’s Principal Supervisor Initiative (PSI) was a four-year effort to redefine principal supervision in six urban school districts. Launched in 2014, the PSI aimed to help these districts transform the principal supervisor position from a role that traditionally focused on managerial tasks to one dedicated to developing and supporting principals to be effective instructional leaders. Principals gave higher ratings to the support they received from their central office after the principal supervisor job was altered to focus on boosting principals’ instructional leadership skills.
Taking these lessons learned from the PSI efforts, learn how principal supervisors know are the critical thread between central office and principals amidst a national pandemic.
Ellen Goldring, Executive Associate Dean, Peabody College
Douglas Anthony, Consultant, The Wallace Foundation