Although instructional leadership is one of the most researched forms of school leadership, many leaders (district, building, instructional coaches, teacher leaders) struggle to put it into practice due to lack of time or experience. This becomes an issue because it prevents them from building credibility in the instructional leader role, which can be detrimental to their walkthroughs, observations and impact on student learning. Peter DeWitt, Ed.D. will take his research behind instructional leadership, and dive deeper into six distinct parts, which are implementation, focus 4 learning, instructional strategies, student engagement, efficacy, and evaluation of impact.
Presenter: Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally focusing on leadership, coaching and fostering inclusive school climates. Within North America, his work has been adopted at the university and state level, and he works with numerous districts, school boards, regional and state organizations where he trains leadership teams and coaches building leaders. Peter is the author of several books including Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most (Corwin Press/Learning Forward) and School Climate: Leading with Collective Efficacy (Corwin Press/Ontario Principals Council. 2017), Coach It Further: Using the Art of Coaching to Improve School Leadership (Corwin Press. 2018), and Instructional Leadership: Creating Practice From Theory (Corwin Press. 2019). DeWitt has a team of consultants, school leaders and coaches who train educators on collaborative leadership, school coaching, as well as a specific focus on instructional leadership. His articles have appeared in education journals at the state, national and international level, and he has presented at forums, conferences, and panel discussions at state, national and international conferences.