W.Va. Board of Education Seeks Public Input on New Leadership Standards Policy

February 12, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The West Virginia Board of Education voted Thursday to place on public comment a new policy that establishes leadership standards for superintendents, principals and teacher leaders.

Policy 5800: Standards of Professional Practice for West Virginia Superintendents, Principals and Teacher Leaders creates new professional practices standards for educational leaders. The policy was created by a Leadership Collaborative formed from representatives from higher education institutions, public education, teachers unions, policymakers and other stakeholders.
The West Virginia Department of Education launched the West Virginia Leadership Development and Support Collaborative to create recommendations and proposals to better prepare leaders for 21st century schools. The policy came after 18 months of work.
“It is imperative that West Virginia educators are prepared to help students meet the
higher demands and greater expectations of the 21st century knowledge economy,” West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine said. “To develop the top students in the world, we need to develop the best schools and adequately prepare principals, superintendents and teachers to lead them. Just as we are changing how we teach our children, we also must incorporate real-world experiences in our educational leader preparation programs.”

Improving the effectiveness of public school leaders is an urgent task as schools across the country work to incorporate 21st century skills, tools, content and assessments into the classroom.
Effective leadership is a crucial element that can have a positive effect on school climate, staff morale and especially student performance. Recent research shows that leadership can affect student achievement by 25 to 30 percent.
Educators, parents, community members and others are encouraged to review the proposed changes (http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/) and make suggestions. Comments will be accepted through March 26. For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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