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Building Capacity for Instructional Leadership

The Professional Writing App for Instructional Leaders

Get the world's most advanced tools for teacher observation & evaluation

Want to do all of your professional writing—evaluations, observations, 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—now with the full power of ChatGPT and your evaluation criteria. 

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?

Progressive Discipline

Systems for Protecting the Learning Environment

Evidence-Driven Progressive Discipline

The Keystone Habit: 
Leading Improvement with Classroom Walkthroughs

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.

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


How To Write With ChatGPT But Still Sound Like Yourself

ChatGPT can make professional writing much faster and easier for school leaders. If you’ve tried to use it, though, you know that ChatGPT has a problem: it doesn’t sound like you. It sounds like ChatGPT. For example, here’s the kind of writing we’ve all learned to recognize as obviously ChatGPT: You can provide a more

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How To Write With ChatGPT But Still Sound Like Yourself

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