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:
cultivate a common understanding of effective and equitable leadership practices in school systems;
equip local school system leaders with the skills and knowledge to support the implementation of effective and equitable practices; and
establish clear expectations and supports required for school leaders to ensure equitable access to a high-quality education that fosters the success of each students.
Student Learning Objectives Guidance Resources
Student growth measures account for 50% of teacher and principal evaluations. The predominate measure of student growth is student learning objectives. The Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement partnered with the Community Training and Assistance Center to create resources that support the development and implementation of effective student learning objectives.
To find out more or to access available tools and resources, please visit the link for student learning objectives.
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.