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Coach and Support School Leaders

School Leaders Make a Difference

Schools typically improve under the leadership of an effective principal. Principal practice influences student performance, teachers’ instructional and career decisions, and community engagement in school life. Recent research indicates that school leaders have the same impact on student performance as classroom teachers. Principals oversee systems, curriculum, school culture and safety, staff evaluation, the recruitment, hiring, and retention of diverse staff, create strong teaching and learning environments, and ensure educational equity.

We offer a suite of tools, resources, and professional development focused on coaching and supporting school leaders, with an emphasis on principals in schools with more targeted needs. Our approach is rooted in evidence and customized to help your state or district develop a locally driven, comprehensive solution for enhancing principal effectiveness and impact.


Top Resources

Leadership Instructional Feedback Tool (LIFT) Tool

The Leadership Instructional Feedback Tool (LIFT) is an evidence-based tool designed to support developing equitable leadership through improved post-observation feedback practices. Feedback delivery is a skill, which can be developed over time. LIFT provides guided support for school leaders to deliver actionable and constructive feedback to teachers. 

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Leading Data Conversations Tool

The Leading Data Conversations Tool allows superintendents, assistant superintendents, human resource directors, and other coaches and evaluators to record information about a principal’s performance during a data discussion, assess the principal’s performance level rating on six behavioral indicators to coach school leaders to deliver effective conversations on data in multiple settings. The GTL Center team offers state-of-the-art technical assistance services to support clients to utilize this tool and take action based on a collaborative discussions of data in multiple settings.

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Featured Project



Arizona Department of Education Principal Supervisor Network (with REL-West)

Like many school leaders, principals in Arizona usually received very limited support, particularly for job-embedded professional development and coaching. Creating conditions for improved principal supports requires new learning for individual supervisors and organizational change within district central offices.

The Arizona Department of Education collaborated with the GTL Center to lead the Arizona Principal Supervisor (APS) learning series, which included formal online professional learning activities and online coaching support for superintendents and assistant superintendents to improve their principal supervisory practices. Thirteen principal supervisors supported at least two principals each during the professional learning sequence, analyzed data to inform coaching, and participated in coaching and professional learning. GTL experts led development of APS content and implementation while providing coaching support to principal supervisors.

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GTL Center Services for Coaching and Supporting School Leaders

We offer an evidence-based approach and a set of field-tested resources that our team has used to support multiple states and districts in developing and refining their approach to coach and support school leaders. We can help your team identify the kinds of opportunities or models appropriate to your local context and needs. We offer two service levels, which can be customized and tailored to your unique needs and starting point:

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Interested in better understanding how to facilitate coaching and support for school leaders? We offer short-term engagements to build your knowledge and expertise, including:

  • Expert consultation or subject matter experts to support knowledge-building on coaching and support school leaders.
  • Presentations or keynote speakers to provide a detailed overview of the evidence and national picture around school leadership.
  • Single-day workshops to guide leaders through a planning process for implementing, expanding, or refining current opportunities for coaching and supporting school leaders.  


Ready to invest in coaching and supporting school leaders in your state and districts? We offer packages for 3+ day, on-site workshops to support your team in: 

  • Professional learning for district and state education agency staff on effectively coaching and supporting school leaders.
  • Action planning for early implementation to pilot or field test strategies. 
  • Progress monitoring to refine and improve implementation.