CALL Alignment to New Educational Leadership Standards

This past fall, the Council of Chief State School Operators (CCSSO) released new standards for educational leaders. The 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (formerly ISLLC) provide guidance for school and district leaders to support school-wide student learning. And, after spending some time studying these new standards, the CALL Team recognized an alignment of the CALL constructs to these new educational leadership standards.

CALL’s alignment to these standards reveals multiple justifications for using this tool, whether it be for supporting school leaders, training aspiring principals, or engaging in school improvement planning.

View the CALL alignment to the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.

Partnership with WestEd
The CALL Team is partnering with WestEd to provide school improvement services across the country! Obviously, we are very much looking forward to working with WestEd and their Comprehensive School Assistance Program. WestEd has a tremendous reputation in providing services to schools in need, and it was clear to us that the CALL leadership assessment and feedback system aligns with their work. The WestEd team will be able to use CALL as a diagnostic tool to assess the needs of the schools with whom they work. Based on the resulting CALL data, the WestEd team will work with their schools to implement school improvement initiatives and strengthen school leadership. Schools can re-administer the CALL survey at a later date to assess progress in particular areas. Read more about the CALL/WestEd partnership on the WestEd website.
CALL CESA Press Release
July 14, 2015
The CALL Team is excited to announce that the Wisconsin CESAs and Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services (WCEPS) have formed a collaborative partnership to provide annual subscriptions for the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL). The CALL leadership assessment and feedback system will be available to Wisconsin school districts through all 12 of Wisconsin’s CESAs for the 2015-2016 school year. See this press release for more information.
CALL in DPI ConnectEd
April 29, 2015
The Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) has been the center piece of a project in the Wisconsin Department of Public Insruction (DPI) Title I department. Participating principals in the Leadership for Learning project used CALL to facilitate conversations around instrucitonal leadership practices and school improvement planning. The project was featured in an issue of DPI's ConnectEd newsletter.
Center on Great Teachers and Leaders Blog Post
Jan. 26, 2015

Read CALL Project Director Mark Blitz's blog post from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders on utilizing a distributed leadership framework to assess and support school leasdership. Here's an excerpt:

"State education agency (SEA) and local education agency (LEA) leaders can seize the opportunity to advance research-based principal effectiveness systems that are worth the time and effort required for implementation. These systems must provide useful, timely, and relevant data and feedback, and they must recognize the changing role of the school principal. Contrary to the popular culture perception of the principal as a metaphorical superhero who, by herself or himself, can enter a struggling school and 'save the day,' recent literature shows an increasing need for and acceptance of distributed instructional leadership: a strategy that uses the work of many formal and informal leaders within a school to enhance student learning."

LinkedIn Blog Post: Principal Turnover
Nov. 4, 2014

Read CALL Project Director Mark Blitz's response to Chalkbeat Colorado's feature on principal turnover:

Recently I came across an article in Chalkbeat Colorado by Kate Schimel on the negative impact that high principal turnover has on student learning. Principals in Denver, CO are 'thrust' into struggling schools without much (if any) support. In fact, the relationship between the principals and those that supervise them seems to be consistently counter productive and one of distrust. Feeling helpless and destined to fail, these principals often leave not too longer after they take the position...that is, if district officials do not replace them first. Moreover, the principals who are often placed in struggling schools are relatively new to the position thereby creating conditions that are detrimental to promoting student learning.

To address this issue, the city of Denver has developed a 'principal-in-training' program designed to 'grow their own' principals. While this is ambitious and logical, it does not address burnout and the fact that principals do not receive the necessary support while in the position.

Principals need ongoing support and professional development before and during their tenure as school leaders. One approach to providing this support is to assess school-wide instructional leadership practices and provide feedback that supports school leaders and their professional practice. Also, by focusing on the work of school leaders rather than the individual principal, incoming principals could use that data to understand their school's needs based on school-wide instructional leadership data. Principals need support, and those that supervise them need to do just that rather than apply unreasonable debilitating pressure.

Press Release: CALL for International Schools
September 16, 2014
The Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) is now available for International Schools. Read the press release.
Huffington Post Education Blog
May 28, 2014
Education Week Blog Post
May 22, 2014
Free CALL Webinar

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Badger Herald Article
March 13, 2014
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March 5, 2014