ISLLC Standards and School Leadership: Who’s Leading This Band?
by Paul Pitre & Wade Smith — October 10, 2004
The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium’s (ISLLC) standards serve to define expected outcomes and activities for effective school leaders. As such, the standards provide a comprehensive overview of leadership in our nation’s schools and serve as important referents for measuring school improvement and effectiveness. This article examines the centrist perspective of the standards, where the principal is viewed as the leader, posits reasons why the centrist view of the principalship is offered, and argues that this centrist notion of the leader is likely to encourage the under utilization of the collective human capital available to a school and ultimately stifle school improvement efforts.
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