This course is designed to give candidate instructional leaders the knowledge and skills needed to create and articulate a vision of high expectations for learning  that can be shared by all stakeholders within a school.  Participants will be asked to examine their own assumptions, beliefs, and practices; understand and apply research; and foster continuous improvement among all stakeholders.  As an instructional leader, participants will establish teaching and learning as the focal point of their school.  To this end, participates will be responsible for ensuring that decisions about curriculum, instructional strategies (including instructional technology), assessment, and professional development are based on sound research, best practices, school and district data, and other contextual information.  Futhermore, participants will design meaningful and effective professional development experiences that improve student achievement. 
    As an instructional leader, participants must provide effective leadership for technology in their schools.  They should continuously strive to be a competent user of information and technology tools common to information-age professionals.  They should be hands-on users of technology, providing leadership and vision for the teachers and staff at their school.

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Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders