Speak Out: School leaders have high standards
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Alabama has great school leadership in its superintendents and school principals. School leadership is the process of enlisting and guiding the talents and energies of teachers, pupils and parents toward achieving common educational aims.

A glance at history indicates the term “school leadership” came into general use in the late 20th century for several reasons. Demands were made on schools for higher levels of pupil achievement, and schools were expected to improve and reform. These expectations were accompanied by calls for accountability at the school level.

The terms “school leadership” and “educational leadership” are used interchangeably. Each individual who occupies the position of school leader exemplifies the personal characteristics of the profession, and holds the profession to its highest standards.

The Council of Chief State School Officers lists the standards for school leaders as:

• An educational leader who promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by all the school community.

• An educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

• An educational leader who promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations and resources for an effective learning environment.

• An educational leader who promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs and mobilizing community resources.

• An educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner.

• An educational leader who promotes the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.

Alabama school boards are commended for their efforts to select outstanding educational leaders to guide schools and school systems. The educational and economic future is bright for people who dwell in the “Heart of Dixie.”

Gerald Shirley
Superintendent
Selma City Schools
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