ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF SPL - Leadership
Leadership at the state, district and building level is crucial to SPL implementation. SPL is a significant change that affects the entire educational system. Initially, district level administrators must understand and embrace the essential components and supports needed to effectively implement SPL. Administrators must prioritize resource allocation to support the effort, as well as offer professional development to school staffs on the philosophical underpinnings of SPL. A common understanding of the SPL philosophy, achieved through local staff development, is imperative for successful implementation. Additionally, superintendents, curriculum directors, principals, Title 1 administrators, special education administrators and others must guide the implementation of SPL by developing leadership roles and expectations for district and building administrators. Because of the broad impact of SPL on the entire educational system, significant systemic changes will need to occur for successful implementation. These changes must be championed and monitored by leaders at all levels.
Given that professional development promotes change, district and school leadership should participate in trainings that develop knowledge of curriculum and instruction across the levels of support, positive school climate, the problem-solving process, progress monitoring and parent and community involvement. The WVDE has developed training modules in blended formats to support professional development across the state. Nonetheless, administrators’ participation in developing the infrastructure for SPL has a direct correlation to the success of the framework.