Support for Instructional Leadership

A survey finds that school principals generally receive some on-the-job supports, but not a full trio of supervision, mentoring and professional development.

According to the report’s findings, almost all principals reported receiving some kind of district-provided, onthe-job supports, although less than a third indicated that their district provided a combination of regular supervisory communication, mentoring for principals at varying experience levels and at least a day of school leader professional development. School leaders also placed a higher value on supervision and mentoring support when it emphasized their role as instructional leaders. Lastly, principals from larger school districts generally reported more on-the-job supports for principals than their peers in smaller districts.