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The Distributed Leadership Program

at the

Penn Center for Educational Leadership

Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

Why Distributed Leadership?

  • Would you like to develop teacher leadership in your school?
  • Are you looking for ways to build collaboration, trust and leadership capacity?
  • Do you share a commitment to continuous instructional improvement?
  • Have you considered what the Distributed Leadership Program can do for your teachers and your students . . . .

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Data-Informed Inquiry Proposals

on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:08




Targeted differentiated instruction

To have the students become confident, independent readers

Math fluency

To improve math fluency in computation in grades 4-7

Science and student engagement

Through an increase in the number of hands-on and student engaging science activities in grades 4-8, we hope to increase science achievement  on student report card grades in grades 4,6,and 8 by 5%.

Strategies to Improve Student Usage of “First in Math” (FIM) Program

To increase student participation in “First in Math” program which will strengthen student’s math skills

Open ended math problems

Improve grades 1 through 8 open ended math problem skills

Math facts

80% of Grade 1 and Grade 2 students will receive 85% or above on a 2 minute timed addition math fact and a 2 minute subtraction drill sheet with total mastery the end of the second grade year.

Guided Reading to Differentiate Instruction

We want kindergarten through sixth grade ELA teachers to implement guided reading at the minimum of one time per week.

Student Study Team (SST) meetings

Having productive, monthly SST meetings within each academy (grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8).

Student assessment: writing rubrics

Improve writing assessment in grades K-3

Science experiments

To improve students understanding, knowledge and achievement in Science grade 4 to 8 through an increase in the number of effective Science experiments

Faculty Peer Observations

To see an observable improvement of teachers participating in faculty peer observations.

Math facts

Increase computation accuracy in Math tests 

Instructional improvement

Use walk-throughs to ensure that instructional activities are student centered and active.

Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension

Improve grades 9, 10, 11 reading comprehension skills

Strategies to Improve Reading Skills

During the course of the year and their high school career, students will become proficient readers across all content areas 

SAT Math Intervention

To improve the SAT math scores for the underclassmen students of Roman Catholic High School

Communication and computer skills

1. To increase communication skills between school and students to improve grades.

2. To improve basic computer skills; navigation and command of the programs used by the school.


Building a Foundation for School Leadership: An Evaluation of the Annenberg Distributed Leadership Project, 2006-2010

Executive Summary

 Leading school change is a challenging endeavor. Successful leadership requires strategic and

sustained effort, particularly in the shifting and uncertain environment of urban public schools.

The concept of distributed leadership—in which multiple actors tackle the challenges of

school leadership in concert—is a promising way to strengthen professional practice and

thereby improve the educational experiences of all students. The Annenberg Distributed

Leadership (DL) project was one of the first efforts in the nation to deliberately take on the

challenge of designing and