Key Characteristic 2:
Leadership for Learning
What it means
The ability of a leader to provide leadership for learning is a key
attribute of a good institution. Leaders who engage in their own
learning while tangibly supporting the learning process for learners and
teachers have a significant positive impact on the success of others.
Leaders must also communicate the learning expectations for all
learners and teachers, continuously, with consistency and purpose. The
expectations are embedded in the culture of the institution, reflected
by learners’, teachers’, and leaders’ behaviors and attitudes toward
Keys to Leadership for Learning
Leadership for learning is demonstrated when school leaders:
• Communicate expectations for learning
• Influence and impact the culture in positive ways
• Model and engage in learning while supporting others to do so
Leaders guide professional staff members in the continuous improvement process focused on learners’ experiences
The governing authority demonstrates a commitment to learners by collaborating with leaders to uphold the
institution’s priorities and to drive continuous improvement.
Leaders cultivate effective individual and collective leadership among stakeholders.
Leaders demonstrate expertise in recruiting, supervising, and evaluating professional staff members to optimize
Leaders create and maintain institutional structures and processes that support learners and staff members in both
stable and changing environments.
Professional staff members implement curriculum and instruction that are aligned for relevancy, inclusion, and
Qualified personnel instruct and assist learners and each other in support of the institution’s mission, purpose, and
Curriculum and instruction are augmented by reliable information resources and materials that advance learning and
support learners’ personal interests.
Learners’ needs drive the equitable allocation and management of human, material, digital, and fiscal resources.