Florida is implementing new state learning standards and plans to submit new leadership standards to the state board for approval. The state and stakeholders seek to strengthen principal preparation program approval standards to align with new principal preparation program quality measures and leadership standards. There is a need and opportunity to coordinate the development and implementation of these initiatives to best support principals, principal supervisors, and assistant principals.
The Region 7 Comprehensive Center (R7CC) and Florida Department of Education (FDOE) will develop and support effective school leaders through a series of coordinated activities and processes. First, R7CC will assist FDOE in implementing new state leadership standards. Second, R7CC will assist FDOE in developing new principal preparation approval standards, which align to new state leadership standards and principal preparation program approval standards. Third, R7CC and FDOE will develop a process for the state and stakeholders to review principal preparation programs. Finally, R7CC will support FDOE to provide training to school leaders on practice profiles aligned to the new B.E.S.T. Standards. These efforts will build the capacity of FDOE to design and deliver aligned supports to school leaders.
In the short term, the state education agency (SEA) will increase its readiness to support effective instructional leadership. In the midterm, the SEA will develop policies and practices to support leaders, including around practice profiles aligned to the B.E.S.T. Standards. The SEA will also build internal capacity to review and support local principal preparation programs. In the long term, the SEA will scale supports for school leaders around the B.E.S.T. Standards and build field capacity to review and support local principal preparation programs.