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Deadline Approaching to Contribute to New School Leaders' Standards

For educators who have not read—or commented—on the new standards for principals and school leaders, tomorrow—Friday, Oct. 10—is the last day to weigh in before the final standards are codified and released.

The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards are used to guide preparation, training, evaluation and educational policies for principals at both the state and local levels. They were last updated in 2008 after their initial release in 1996. (You can read Education Week's coverage on the release of the draft standards here. It details the major changes and the differences between the two versions.)

The changes this year include a heavy emphasis on school culture, taking care of students, and cultural responsiveness, along with competencies necessary for principals to be exceptional instructional leaders. 

Janice Poda, head of workforce education at the Council of Chief State School Officers, the organization that is leading the update of the standards with the National Policy Board for Educational Administration, said she was pleased with the participation so far and urged educators to take the time to provide input before the clock runs out.

 "We have received a great response from people around the country," Poda said this week.  "I am impressed with the amount of feedback so far, but there is still time to submit comments. I encourage anyone who has not yet shared their thoughts on these important education leader standards to do so."

You can read the standards here, and  make your contributions here, by filling out the survey.  

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