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14 DE Admin. Code 1590
The Professional Standards Board, acting in cooperation and collaboration with the Department of Education, seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend regulation 14 DE Admin. Code 1590 Delaware Administrator Standards. The regulation concerns the nationally recognized standards that describe leadership behaviors and skills established for Delaware school leaders, and serves as the foundation for the preparation and appraisal of school leaders. This regulation shall apply to all school administrators employed within the public schools and charter schools of the State of Delaware.
Notice of the proposed amendment of the regulation was published in the Delaware Register of Regulations on January 1, 2016. The notice invited written comments. No comments were received.
For the foregoing reasons, the Professional Standards Board and the State Board of Education conclude that it is appropriate to amend the regulation. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1205(b), the regulation attached is hereby amended. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), the regulation hereby amended shall be in effect for a period of five years from the effective date of this order as set forth in Section V. below.
The text of the regulation amended shall be in the form attached, and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 1590 of the Administrative Code of Regulations of the Department of Education.
1.0 Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015
1.1 The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards for School Leaders establish a common set of knowledge, skills and attributes expected of school leaders. The Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015 are organized around the domains, qualities, and values of leadership work that research and practice indicate contribute to students’ academic success and well-being.
1.2 These nationally recognized standards describe leadership behaviors and skills established for Delaware School Leaders, and serve as the foundation for preparation and appraisal of school leaders. In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1205, this regulation shall be applied to all school administrators employed within the public schools and charter schools of the State of Delaware.
"Administrator" means an educator who is licensed and certified as an administrator and is employed in an instructional role in a school district or charter school.
"Education Leader" means a district or charter school building level or central office administrator.
3.1 An education leader promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by all stakeholders. Effective educational leaders develop, advocate, and enact a shared mission, vision, and core values of high-quality education and academic success and well-being of each student.
3.2 The education leader shall engage in and be responsible for the following leadership behaviors and skills Effective leaders:
3.2.1 Collaboratively develop and implement a shared vision and mission Develop an educational mission for the school to promote the academic success and well-being of each student;
3.2.2 Collect and use data to identify goals, assess organizational effectiveness, and promote organizational learning In collaboration with members of the school and the community and using relevant data, develop and promote a vision for the school on the successful learning and development of each child and on instructional and organizational practices that promote such success;
3.2.3 Create and implement plans to achieve goals Articulate, advocate, and cultivate core values that define the school’s culture and stress the imperative of child-centered education; high expectations and student support; equity, inclusiveness, and social justice; openness, caring and trust; and continuous improvement;
3.2.4 Promote continuous and sustainable improvement; and Strategically develop, implement, and evaluate actions to achieve the vision for the school;
3.2.5 Monitor and evaluate progress and revise plans. Review the school’s mission and vision and adjust them to changing expectations and opportunities for the school, and changing needs and situations of students;
4.1 An education leader promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth. Effective educational leaders act ethically and according to professional norms to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.
4.2 The education leader shall engage in and be responsible for the following leadership behaviors and skills Effective leaders:
4.2.1 Nurture and sustain a culture of collaboration, trust, learning, and high expectations Act ethically and professionally in personal conduct, relationships with others, decision-making, stewardship of the school’s resources, and all aspects of school leadership;
4.2.2 Create a comprehensive, rigorous, and coherent curricular program Act according to and promote the professional norms of integrity, fairness, transparency, trust, collaboration, perseverance, learning, and continuous improvement;
4.2.3 Create a personalized and motivating learning environment for students Place children at the center of education and accept responsibility for each student’s academic success and well-being;
4.2.4 Supervise instruction Safeguard and promote the values of democracy, individual freedom and responsibility, equity, social justice, community, and diversity;
4.2.5 Develop assessment and accountability systems to monitor student progress; Lead with interpersonal and communication skill, social-emotional insight, and understanding of all students’ and staff members’ backgrounds and cultures; and
4.2.6 Develop the instructional and leadership capacity of staff; Provide moral direction for the school and promote ethical and professional behavior among faculty and staff.
5.1 An education leader promotes the success of every student by ensuring management of the organization, operation and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment. Effective educational leaders strive for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.
5.2 The education leader shall engage in and be responsible for the following leadership behaviors and skills Effective leaders:
5.2.1 Monitor and evaluate the management and operational systems Ensure that each student is treated fairly, respectfully, and with an understanding of each student’s culture and context;
5.2.2 Obtain, allocate, align, and efficiently utilize human, fiscal, and technological resources Recognize, respect, and employ each student’s strengths, diversity, and culture as assets for teaching and learning;
5.2.3 Promote and protect the welfare and safety of students and staff Ensure that each student had equitable access to effective teachers, learning opportunities, academic and social support, and other resources necessary for success;
5.2.4 Develop the capacity for distributed leadership; and Develop student policies and address student misconduct in a positive, fair, and unbiased manner;
5.2.5 Ensure teacher and organizational time is focused to support quality instruction and student learning. Confront and alter institutional biases of student marginalization, deficit-based schooling, and low expectations associated with race, class, culture and language, gender and sexual orientation, and disability or special status;
6.1 An education leader promotes the success of every student by collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs and mobilizing community resources. Effective educational leaders develop and support intellectually rigorous and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.
6.2 The education leader shall engage in and be responsible for the following leadership behaviors and skills Effective leaders:
6.2.1 Collect and analyze data and information pertinent to the educational environment Implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment that promote the mission, vision, and core values of the school, embody high expectations for student learning, align with academic standards, and are culturally responsive;
6.2.2 Promote understanding, appreciation, and use of the community's diverse cultural, social, and intellectual resources Align and focus systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment within and across grade levels to promote student academic success, love of learning, the identities and habits of learners, and healthy sense of self;
6.2.3 Build and sustain positive relationships with families and caregivers; and Promote instructional practice that is consistent with knowledge of child learning and development, effective pedagogy, and the needs of each student;
6.2.4 Build and sustain productive relationships with community partners. Ensure instructional practice that is intellectually challenging, authentic to student experiences, recognizes student strengths, and is differentiated and personalized;
7.1 An education leader promotes the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner. Effective educational leaders cultivate an inclusive, caring, and supportive school community that promotes the academic success and well-being of each student.
7.2 The education leader shall engage in and be responsible for the following leadership behaviors and skills Effective leaders:
7.2.1 Ensure a system of accountability for every student's academic and social success Build and maintain a safe, caring, and healthy school environment that meets the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of each student;
7.2.2 Model principles of self-awareness, reflective practice, transparency, and ethical behavior Create and sustain a school environment in which each student is known, accepted and valued, trusted and respected, cared for, and encouraged to be an active and responsible member of the school community;
7.2.3 Safeguard the values of democracy, equity, and diversity Provide coherent systems of academic and social supports, services, extracurricular activities, and accommodations to meet the range of learning needs of each student;
7.2.4 Consider and evaluate the potential moral and legal consequences of decision-making; and Promote adult-student, student-peer, and school-community relationships that value and support academic learning and positive social and emotional development;
7.2.5 Promote social justice and ensure that individual student needs inform all aspects of schooling. Cultivate and reinforce student engagement in school and positive student conduct; and
8.1 An education leader promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal and cultural context. Effective educational leaders develop the professional capacity and practice of school personnel to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.
8.2 The education leader shall engage in and be responsible for the following leadership behaviors and skills Effective leaders:
8.2.1 Advocate for children, families, and caregivers Recruit, hire, support, develop, and retain effective and caring teachers and other professional staff and form them into an educationally effective faculty;
8.2.2 Act to influence local, district, state, and national decisions affecting student learning; and Plan for and manage staff turnover and succession, providing opportunities for effective induction and mentoring of new personnel;
8.2.3 Assess, analyze, and anticipate emerging trends and initiatives in order to adapt leadership strategies. Develop teachers’ and staff members’ professional knowledge, skills, and practice through differentiated opportunities for learning and growth, guided by understanding of professional and adult learning and development;
1 The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards for School Leaders. Washington, D.C.: Council of Chief State School Officers, 2008. National Policy Board for Educational Administration (2015). Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015. Reston, VA: Author.
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