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Building Capacity for Instructional Leadership

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2023-2024 Cohort

Evidence-Driven Progressive Discipline

The Keystone Habit: 
Leading Improvement with Classroom Walkthroughs

Ascend Job Search Starter Pack

Looking for a new admin job in 2023?

Get all of our tools for landing your next-level instructional leadership role for one low price.

Classroom Walkthrough Toolbox

Ready to get into classrooms? The right tools make all the difference.

At The Principal Center, we've been developing tools to help leaders get into classrooms since 2013. Now, for the first time, you can get all of our classroom walkthrough tools in one low-cost bundle:

Ed Leadership Job Application Template Bundle

Applying for admin jobs?

Get more interviews with these tools, trainings, and 10 matching résumé & cover letter templates.

Rapid Interview Prep Toolkit

Need to get ready for an upcoming admin job interview?

The #1 Book on Classroom Walkthroughs

Now We're Talking! 21 Days to High-Performance Instructional Leadership will give you an actionable, realistic plan for getting into classrooms and having conversations with teachers that actually change their practice.

Develop Instructional Frameworks To Support Teacher Growth

Discover how to accelerate teacher growth by taking the “insider’s view” of practice, articulating key dimensions of professional judgment to create clear growth pathways for teachers at every level of fluency in Mapping Professional Practice.

Want to do all of your professional writing—walkthroughs, observations, emails, letters, and more—in a fraction of the time?

Use our autocomplete, drag-and-drop, multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank writing tool:

Repertoire Content Creator
The Professional Writing App for Instructional Leaders

About Our Membership Program

As a member of The Instructional Leadership Association you'll gain access to our library of on-demand trainings to help you build capacity for instructional leadership—plus live + on-demand access to all of our new webinar trainings.

As part of our Instructional Leadership Association Program, you’ll gain access to Repertoire, the professional writing app for instructional leaders.

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Featured Guests


What Is Progressive Discipline? An Overview for School Leaders

Progressive discipline is the hidden infrastructure that allows people to co-exist in organizations by setting boundaries for acceptable behavior. Here’s what happens when it breaks down—and how to fix it. By Justin Baeder, PhD Lately, it seems like the world has gone crazy. Behaviors that were once rare are increasingly commonplace. In schools, this means

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What Is Progressive Discipline? An Overview for School Leaders

Popular Resources

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Evidence-Driven Instructional Leadership Roadmap

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