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CCSSO Updates Guide to Support Principals in Leading Inclusive Schools

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) recently updated its Supporting Inclusive Schools for the Success of Each Child: A Guide for States on Principal Leadership guide. Developed in collaboration with AACTE and other education partners, this online guide strengthens principals’ capacity to lead inclusive schools to ensure each student has an equitable opportunity to succeed. The updates include additional resources and a new policy to practice section, showcasing the work of the four states—Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Ohio—involved in CCSSO’s Advancing Inclusive Principal Leadership (AIPL) State Initiative, of which AACTE is also a partner. The four states are refining their school leader preparation and development efforts to ensure there is a focus on supporting the academic and social and emotional success of each learner, with an emphasis on those with disabilities.

AACTE participated in the National Collaborative on Inclusive Principal Leadership (NCIPL), convened by CCSSO, to develop the guide. NCIPL is a diverse alliance that included the principal associations, member organizations, technical assistance centers, researchers, educator preparation programs, and nonprofits. Together CCSSO and the NCIPL identified strategies states can take to advance effective inclusive principal leadership and to provide a more coordinated and aligned approach to support their efforts to do so. While this guidance is primarily intended for state education agencies, principal preparation programs, faculty of educational leadership, districts, and principals can use it as well.

The guide builds on two fundamental documents produced by CCSSO and the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center: the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities.

To learn more, visit ccssoinclusiveprincipalsguide.org.

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Katrina Norfleet

Content Strategist, AACTE