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Resources for School Improvement and Leadership Development

This page contains supporting documents for school improvement and leadership development. Select the underlined text to access the resources.

School Improvement

Leadership Development 

Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement:

A Systems Framework 

Maryland's framework for school improvement is the Four Domains of Rapid School Improvement

Four Domains of Rapid School Improvement: Indicators of Effective Practice

The Indicators of Effective Practice supports the monitoring of actions within each domain.


Four Domains of Rapid School Improvement Online Workshop:


This online series is designed to provide an introduction to the Four Domains of Rapid School Improvement. 


Cycle of Continuous Improvement

The cycle of continuous improvement is a tool to determine and implement actions to improve school performance. 

Implementation Readiness Checklist:


This tool is designed to be used before, during and after a key change, shift, or intervention is to be implemented. It is available to download and modified to fit your needs. 

Word document can be downloaded to use or modify
Implementation Readiness Checklist

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL):

In 2017, Maryland State Department of Education adopted PSEL to guide administrator preparation, licensure, and evaluation in Maryland.  


All ten PSEL PDF download 

Maryland Professional Standards for Educational Leaders Rubric:

The rubric defines practices of highly effective, effective, developing, and ineffective leaders for each standard.

PDF Rubric available for download

Comprehensive Needs Assessment for Title I Schools:


This needs assessment supports data-informed decisions to identify and address school needs. 

Word document for download

Evaluator Training

The Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement partnered with Insight Education Group to facilitate evaluator training for school leadership teams. The purpose of the training was to provide a common foundation for effective evaluation practices. Local school system leaders are encouraged to use the evaluator training resources to support effective evaluation practices in their schools.

Existing State vs. Desired State: 


Determining these states at the beginning of a school year is an important first step in planning for continuous school improvement. Measure often to see how the change (what systemic change, practice, intervention will be a catalyst for improvement) has impacted student or other outcomes.

Desired State - Existing State = Need

Powerpoint for staff or leadership team activity for download

Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) conference materials:


Fall Conference, October 15, 2018


Assistant Principals Conference: Schooling by Design: Mission, Action, and Achievement, download available for:

Spring Conference, March 29, 2019

Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP) conference materials:


Spring Conference, March 8, 2019:

Professional learning experiences focused on effective evaluation practices  for elementary school administrators. The Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) Rubric and the Principal Evaluation Guidebook were reviewed. Maryland's Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (PDF)

Statewide Joint Titles Conference:


In July 2018, a conference was held to provide information, resources, and networking opportunities for Title coordinators and directors. The Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement presented state, school system, and school roles in these key areas: 

•root cause analysis,

•curriculum vetting, and

•professional learning experiences for school improvement.

Powerpoint available in PDF for download

Professional Evaluation Guidebook
The guidebook for principal supervisors can be used in collaboration with principals to support implementation of the Professional Standards of Educational Leaders Rubric to enhance the overall performance and effectiveness of principals. 

Professional Evaluation Guidebook available for download in a PDF document

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