UNL School Improvement Initiatives

UNL School Improvement Initiatives

Graduate students in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have developed a variety of school improvement initiatives based on best practice during the course EDAD 948 Instructional Leadership. We are pleased to present these initiatives for your review on this web site. The school improvement initiatives have been organized by standards found within the Nebraska Department of Education Frameworks for Principal Evaluation. We hope that the initiatives which are provided here will be both relevant and meaningful as a resource for you in your work related to school improvement, student achievement, and student success.


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Kent Mann Associate Professor of Practice and Graduate Chair

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Nebraska’s Performance Framework for Principals - 8 Effective Practices

(1) Vision for Learning
*establishing and communicating a vision for teaching and learning that results in improved student achievement.

(2) Continuous School Improvement
*leading a continuous school improvement process that results in improved student performance and school effectiveness.

(3) Instructional Leadership
*providing leadership to ensure the implementation of a rigorous curriculum, the use of effective teaching practices, and accountability for results.

(4) Culture for Learning
*creating a school culture that enhances the academic, social, physical, and emotional development of all students.

(5) Systems Management
*managing the organization, operations, and resources of the school to provide a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment for all students and staff.

(6) Staff Leadership
*using effective personnel practices to select, develop, support, and lead high quality teachers and non-teaching staff.

(7) Developing Relationships
*promoting and supporting productive relationships with students, staff, families, and the community.

(8) Professional Ethics and Advocacy
*acting with fairness, integrity, and a high level of professional ethics, and advocating for policies of equity and excellence in support of the vision of the school.