Supporting Early Career School Leaders

Our Beliefs

  • We recognize that new principals are beginners in a complex and challenging profession. It is important to remember the multiple programs, processes and information they are expected to master.
  • We take the long view.  Individual professional development takes place in a supportive and collegial environment where principals can practice new skills and solicit feedback from colleagues and principal coaches.
  • We instruct and facilitate with the belief that building assets is more powerful than operating from a deficit model.

Our Definition of Instructional Leadership

Instructional Leadership is a combination of the beliefs and the actions necessary for shaping the culture of a school around teaching and learning.

Considerations that focus the work of an instructional leader:

  • Schools exist to serve students, and
  • Good teaching practices are modeled, encouraged, nurtured, and supported.

The instructional leader is responsible for ensuring that these considerations are in place.

Professional Learning

The confidential relationship between the coaches and the administrators will focus on developing the skills and dispositions in four critical areas.  The areas the program will focus on are interpersonal and facilitation skills, teacher observation and feedback, effective school-level practices and classroom-level practices, and using data to improve instruction.

Two professional development opportunities will be delivered at institutes in Anchorage as noted below.  It is strongly encouraged that principals participate in both institutes.

AACP Institute Topics Dates Location
Facilitation skills, observation skills, Alaska Math and English/LA skills, October 16,17,18 Sheraton Anchorage Hotel
Comprehensive assessment system, Alaska Performance Measures (AMP), formative assessment practices, district/school initiatives January 15,16,17 Sheraton Anchorage Hotel

New Program – Alaska Innovative School Leaders Academy

In 2014 AACP will provide an innovative new program for experienced principals who are engaged in school improvement efforts. The Alaska Innovative School Leaders Academy (AISLA) will be facilitated by Lexie Domaradzki and Gary Whiteley.