Instructional Leadership Institute

Develop and Retain a Distributed Leadership Pipeline at Your School or District

Data Driven Decision Making for Effective School Leadership Practices

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Retain Principals


Build Future Leaders

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Close COVID-19 Gaps

Unfinished Learning

LSI’s Instructional Leadership Institute: helping districts support their principals and leaders.

Build Highly Effective Teams. Align District Goals. Overcome Student Equity Concerns.

The Instructional Leadership Institute is 4-days of customized professional development spread strategically across the school year.

Close to 50% of principals plan to leave the profession sooner due to the pandemic1 and one in four walks away yearly.2

School and district leadership teams engage in the Instructional Leadership Institute when they want to improve team effectiveness through distributed leadership practices.

Now more than ever, principals need context and support so they can create stronger leadership pipelines that improve their school outcomes.

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Diagnose Leadership Pain Points

Using research-based metrics, we implement YOUR plan, not a one-size-fits-all PD.

Create Distributed Leadership

Developing effective teams also develops the leadership pipeline.

Get Reliable Instructional Data

Deliver informed and actionable feedback to your team during instructional rounds.
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See What School Leaders are Saying About the
Instructional Leadership Institute

Join thousands of schools and districts who have partnered with LSI to implement tailored transformation approaches for student success. Only three industries have higher turnover than principals: mining and logging, retail trade, and leisure and hospitality.2 Your principals deserve better because your students deserve better.

Coach Your Principals …

… with actionable, data-driven steps toward school improvements

Increase Tier 1 Effectiveness

Accelerate unfinished learning with the secrets that made us the #1 school turnaround company in the nation

Retain Principals

Reduce the turnover rate of principals and school leaders
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Districts (or schools) use LSI’s Exclusive Instructional Leadership Institute to …

Prevent Burnout & Retain Good Leaders
Address Student ACCESS and EQUITY in Core Instruction
Create Distributed Leadership Systems to Share Burdens
Move from “Hero Leadership” to High-Performing Teams
Align Schools to the District Vision
Implement Reliable, Actionable Feedback
Increase Student Achievement Quickly and Effectively
Build a Meaningful Plan with a Data-Driven Partner
LSI’s Instructional Leadership Institute is also available for virtual and hybrid schools.
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The Instructional Leadership Institute

The 4 Days of In-Person Instructional Leadership Institute PD are Spread Throughout the School Year at Your Convenience

The Instructional Leadership Institute is unique because teams solve complex problems creating new solutions and ideas beyond the scope of any individual.

Leaders at every level engage in professional development and continuous improvement together, learning from each other.

  • Teams build capacity for change, accomplishing far more than would be possible alone.
  • A community of practice is built within and across teams, developing connections and support among colleagues.
  • Teams fulfill a mission together, activating emotions, retaining, and sustaining administrators and teachers.

DAY 1 | Building Blocks of Leadership Teams

Teams focus on creating a common foundation for each of the components of the Instructional Leadership Institute beginning with the understanding of effective teams research and developing an instructional vision. Leadership teams engage in activities to support growth, specifically in becoming more confident and competent as they own outcomes through empowering others in the school. Teams identify data collection instruments and tools and monitoring plans, including the use of a daily stand-up to drive continuous, incremental improvement.

DAY 2 | Leading Change in Team Culture

Teams build on Day 1 knowledge and begin to tackle the changes in climate and culture that support movement toward their instructional vision. Teams take a deeper dive into utilizing data, completing action steps and building their capacity to lead the implementation of instructional improvements. Root cause analysis using current data provides direction for team 45-day goals.

DAY 3 | Leading for Collective Efficacy of Teams

Teams will use the lens of vision, action, and influence to focus on the strong research around collective efficacy and its impact on increased student learning. Teams will address the use of data systems that include short, mid-, and long cycle data and implement a full action board process to drive team actions and effectiveness.

DAY 4 | Leading Teams to Systems of Continuous Improvement

Participants build on the knowledge provided in Days 1-3 and focus on building systems that will sustain the work completed during the Instructional Leadership Institute and support moving closer to realizing the desired instructional vision. Teams utilize end-of-year Team Effectiveness survey results to drive improvements to structures and process and to celebrate team growth and successes in teaming functions. Data collection plans and actions boards will be reviewed to inform needed shifts and to develop action plans for the next school year.

Team Leader and Team Coaching

Coaching will be provided to expand the capacity of the participants. Coaching sessions are tailored to meet the unique needs of each team, building from where they are at the beginning of our partnership and expanding upon leadership practices and teaming processes that are already working. 4 – 7 members. (Larger teams can be accommodated. However, we would need to explicitly plan for this prior to the team launch.)

Instructional Leadership Institute vs Virtual Instructional Leadership Institute: What’s the Difference?

There is no difference in the content between ILI and VILI. What is different is how the teams will process the content and work together to develop their action plans.

Empower Your Leaders Now

Join thousands of leaders who have partnered with LSI to implement tailored transformation approaches for student success.

Our vision for education is to close the achievement gap. Equip all students with the social, emotional, and cognitive skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Expand equity by giving every child access to rigorous core instruction that empowers learners to free themselves from generational poverty.

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Empower Your Leaders Now

When You Build Better Leaders, You Build Better PLCs

What They’re Saying

LSI partner Dr. Ruth Wageman is one of the foremost scholars and practitioners studying and working with teams, especially leadership teams. Dr. Wageman is one of the original researchers and creators of the Team Diagnostic Survey with Drs. Richard Hackman and Erin Lehman. Dr. Wageman’s current work focuses on building collaborative leadership capacity within and across organizations, studying and working with teams whose purpose is to solve complex problems and lead system transformation. Dr. Wageman has been a professor at Columbia, Dartmouth, and Harvard.

Dr. Ruth WagemanCoordinator, Teacher Professional Learning and Growth, Broward County Public Schools

More than 150 Participants from Elementary and Secondary Schools in Indianapolis Consider LSI’s Leadership Institute a Growth Partner …
“This is our 5th year working with LSI because of our philosophical match that school improvement happens through leadership development and investment in leadership teams (at all levels). We were looking for a model that would help us make a shift toward more rigorous standards. The most significant change is our school-based leaders are not looking to the district for the answers because they know they have the efficacy within their teams to make great strides and great improvements in learning outcomes.”

Troy KnodererChief Academic Officer, MSD Lawrence Township, Indianapolis

75 Participants from 7 Districts in Maine Trust LSI’s Research-Based Leadership Model …
“The first LSI session we had was outstanding. Working with a new model with LSI to incorporate 16 conditions of professional development along with a separate list of options for additional PD through LSI, we decided that that model would be more effective for teams because they could learn about themselves. Educators are kind of known for having teams but they've never really learned how to look at themselves as a team to determine team effectiveness. I really think this is a wonderful opportunity. It’s all going to be worth it and they'll learn so much and they'll remember this for years to come.”

Mick RoyExecutive Director - Greater Sebago Education Alliance Regional Service Center, Portland, Maine


KEY ROLES: Executive Director, Leadership Development and Schools for Rigor and Equity, Teacher, School/District-level Administrator, Assistant Principal, Trainer, Leadership Coach, Consultant

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1National Association of Secondary School Principals (2020, August 21).
“Overwhelmed” and “unsupported,” 45 percent of principals say pandemic conditions are accelerating their plans to leave the principalship.
National Association of Secondary School Principals.

2School Leaders Network (2014). Churn: The high cost of principal turnover. School Leaders Network.