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Leadership Development Theory of Action

If the Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement implements a system of support to foster the growth and retention of effective leaders that is grounded in rigorous standards, valid and reliable evaluations, and research-based practices, then the Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement will:

  1. cultivate a common understanding of effective and equitable leadership practices in school systems;

  2. equip local school system leaders with the skills and knowledge to support the implementation of effective and equitable practices; and

  3. establish clear expectations and supports required for school leaders to ensure equitable access to a high-quality education that fosters the success of each student.

Continuity of Learning: Virtual Support for School Leaders

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Webinar Series and Tools
The Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement partnered with Insight Education Group to produce training on best practices for distance learning, often referred to as distance education, e-learning, and online learning, for system and school leaders. Leaders are encouraged to view each Continuity of Learning: Virtual Support for School Leaders webinars and use the accompanying resources and tools.

Teacher and Principal Workgroup Virtual Session 

April 22, 2020 | Teacher Principal Evaluation Work Group Virtual Meeting

Topic: Impact of COVID-19 on Maryland's Teacher and Principal Evaluation. 

Agenda: Teacher Principal Evaluation Work Group 

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Teacher Principal Evaluation and Evaluator Resources and Tools

Maryland's Professional Standards for Educational Leaders- The Rubric  
In collaboration with multiple stakeholders, the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders Rubric was developed to support principal evaluation. The rubric helps to inform professional learning experiences by identifying areas of promise and opportunities for growth within each of the ten standards. Not only does the rubric provide a common language, it clearly describes each of the performance levels: highly effective, effective, developing, and ineffective. The rubric can be used along with the Professional Evaluation Guidebook to enhance the overall performance and effectiveness of principals.

Maryland's Professional Standards for Educational Leaders- The Guidebook
The Principal Evaluation Guidebook is a resource for principal supervisors to use in collaboration with principals to support the practice and application of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders Rubric. 

Evaluator Training- The Training

The Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement partnered with Insight Education Group to facilitate evaluator training for school leadership teams. The purpose was to provide a common foundation for effective and consistent practices among leaders.  All school system leaders are encouraged to use the evaluator training resources and tools

Enhancing Teacher and Principal Evaluation System -

The Process

The Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement has lead the process of improving the teacher and principal evaluation system in Maryland. Throughout the process, the Office has collaborated with multiple stakeholders through focus groups, workgroups, and online platforms to collect information on the strengths and challenges of the current evaluation systems. The ongoing process was implemented in three phases.

Phase I -
A Teacher and Principal Evaluation Improvement Workgroup convened to inform improvement to the evaluation system focusing on the professional practice domains for teachers and student growth measures for teachers and principals. A workgroup summary report is available for review.

Phase II- 
Proposed revisions to the Code of Maryland Regulation (COMAR) for teacher and principal evaluation are shared at regional meetings, briefings, and focus groups where participants and stakeholders provided feedback and input. 


Phase III-

Draft regulations are available for review and to provide additional opportunities for feedback and input. Information collected is confidential and used only to improve the draft regulations. (Please note: Open Comment hyperlinks go to SurveyMonkey online pages where users can learn about each of the Regulations and add comments).

  • Open Comment for Regulation .06 (Evaluation Cycle), Regulation .07 (Evaluation Report), and Regulation .09 (Data Submission). 

  • Open Comment for Regulation .05 (State Model)

  • Open Comment for Regulation .04 (Local School System Model)

  • Open Comment for Regulation .02 (Definitions)

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Leadership Coaching Guidebook

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Leadership coaching is a professional learning experience for school leaders aimed at enhancing their professional practice to improve school performance. Leadership coaching is a strategy used by the Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement that supports Maryland administrators to apply the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders to their work.  Coaching provides school leaders with customized support that is tailored to meet their professional needs in a risk-free and non-evaluative environment. Leadership coaching is designed to provide a customized professional learning experience for a school leader that leads to measurable improvement in performance and improved student outcomes in the schools in which they lead.  
The Maryland State Department of Education’s Leadership Coaching Guide was developed to provide common foundation and clear expectations for the implementation of effective coaching practices. This guide is designed to help Maryland State Department of Education Leadership Coaches and principal supervisors foster the growth of effective school leaders.

Teacher and Principal Evaluation COVID-19 Guidance 
May 2020 | Guidance Document

Read guidance on student growth waivers, observing virtual instruction, and

how to submit teacher and principal evaluation data.

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