How Instructional Leaders
Change Teacher Practice
The High-Performance Instructional Leadership Certification Program
How do instructional leaders impact student learning?
The formal teacher evaluation process is critical—but it's not enough.
And classroom walkthroughs can make a difference, but they're often conducted in a way that triggers resistance—instead of inspiring teachers to take their practice to the next level.
Ultimately, we must connect what we see in classrooms on a daily basis to the big-picture decisions we make as instructional leaders.
In the High-Performance Instructional Leadership Certification Program, you'll discover how to:
- Confidently get into classrooms every day
- Have feedback conversations that change teacher practice, and
- Identify your best opportunities for school improvement
At the core of the High-Performance Instructional Leadership model is the practice of evidence-based feedback conversations, using the shared language of your instructional framework.
Over the course of this 8-module program, you'll:
- Eliminate the barriers to getting into classrooms every day, and make brief informal visits a core element of your leadership practice
- Develop your instructional framework, drawing on four key sources of shared expectations for teacher practice
- Discover how using Learning Dynamics and the Practice Awareness Continuum can allow you to differentiate your instructional leadership for each teacher you work with
To demonstrate your learning and its impact on teacher practice and student learning in your school, the program culminates in the Certification Portfolio—complete it successfully, and you'll join the ranks of world-class instructional leaders who have earned this advanced professional recognition.
The High-Performance Instructional Leadership Certification Program has two major components:
- The course, which is divided into 8 modules (see below)
- The certification—a rigorous, evidence-based portfolio assessment process, validating your mastery of the essential components of the High-Performance Instructional Leadership model. You can complete the certification at any time after completing the course.
What You'll Learn in Each Module
The Power of Professional Conversation
High-Performance Habits for Getting Into Classrooms
The Classroom Connection: Understanding Instructional Improvement
Seeing Deeper with Learning Dynamics™
The Power of A Shared Instructional Framework
Gathering, Discussing, and Using Evidence from Classroom Observations
High-Performance Formal Evaluations
Go and See: Fueling Organizational Learning
[The program] is going to make you a better person, or a better administrator. It's going to make you think of things that you wouldn't, that you hadn't thought of, or if you're doing them, how to tweak it to make it better.
Pamela S. // Elementary School Principal
The High-Performance Instructional Leadership Certification Program allows you to demonstrate your ability to provide effective instructional leadership—particularly through evidence-based, framework-linked feedback conversations with teachers.
Register for the certification and you'll receive:
- Individualized support and feedback on your work
- Portfolio review and assessment
- Certification Plaque upon successful completion of certification requirements
You can register for the certification when joining the course, or add it later.
To receive your certification plaque, you'll complete the following portfolio tasks and submit them for scoring.
Certification Portfolio Tasks
Who Is This Program For?
Central Office Leaders
[The program] is definitely something that will change, not just your practice, but your philosophy, and it will help you understand...the biggest thing for me was the amount of impact that I am able to make now, because I understand my purpose and my role.
Esther-Raquel F. // Assistant Principal
About Your Instructor
Justin Baeder, PhD
The High-Performance Instructional Leadership Certification Program is led by Dr. Justin Baeder, Director of The Principal Center.
Dr. Baeder is author of Now We're Talking! 21 Days to High-Performance Instructional Leadership (Solution Tree), and creator of the Instructional Leadership Challenge, which has helped more than 10,000 leaders in 50 countries make a daily habit of classroom visits.
When you enroll in the program, we'll include even more to help you succeed:
1-Year Instructional Leadership Association Membership
Gain access to our library of on-demand trainings to help you build capacity for instructional leadership—plus two new live webinar trainings each month ($228 value)
Concierge Setup of Repertoire App
- Staff import
- Instructional framework import
- Personal 1:1 training
Free Copy of Now We're Talking!
You'll receive a signed copy of Now We're Talking! 21 Days to High-Performance Instructional Leadership, by Principal Center Director Justin Baeder.
Plus, you'll receive the audiobook version in MP3 format for on-the-go listening.
100% Tuition Credit for Ascend
If you've been considering our Ascend program, we wanted to make it an easy choice.
Register for the High-Performance Instructional Leadership Certification program, and you'll be able to add Ascend at any time in the future, with 100% of your HPILC course registration fee applied to your Ascend tuition.
The High-Performance Instructional Leadership Certification Program will dramatically strengthen your instructional leadership skills, and allow you to provide highly effective feedback to teachers at all skill levels.
We're fully confident that it's the most powerful professional development for instructional leaders anywhere—but don't take our word for it.
Try the program for yourself, and experience the transformation that it brings to your leadership.
If you're not 100% satisfied with the our program for any reason, contact us within 30 days for a full refund.
Full Certification Program
Frequently Asked Questions
What will I do in this program?
You'll master the complete High-Performance Instructional Leadership model, from getting started with classroom walkthroughs, to assembling your instructional framework, to completing evidence-based final evaluations.
If you choose to complete the optional certification component, you'll go through our rigorous, evidence-based portfolio assessment process, validating your mastery of the essential components of the High-Performance Instructional Leadership model.
You can complete the certification at any time after completing the course. When you do, you'll receive an engraved plaque demonstrating that you have met the requirements of the certification.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, you can pay up front, or make 10 monthly payments via credit or debit card if you prefer.
We also accept purchase orders.
What if I'm not currently an administrator?
The High-Performance Instructional Leadership Certification Program is an excellent way to prepare for your next instructional leadership role.
While you will visit classrooms and provide feedback to teachers in the course of the certification, you can do so as a peer—you don't need to be in a formal evaluative role.
What's the certification? Is it a form of licensure? What if I'm not currently an administrator?
The certification is a professional credential issued by The Principal Center.
It doesn't substitute for a traditional principal preparation program or serve as a state administrator's license, but it demonstrates to potential employers—and, most importantly, to yourself—that you've mastered the fundamentals of cutting-edge instructional leadership at a deep level.
What evaluation systems is this model compatible with?
We recommend that you use an evaluation system with a multi-tiered teacher evaluation rubric, such as those by:
If your school does not currently have a modern teacher evaluation framework, that's OK—you will compile your instructional framework in the program.
What if I have questions before registering?
Use the live chat button in the lower right-hand corner of this site to ask any questions or request a no-obligation consultation.
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