Promoting effective school leadership
• Empower teachers to play a role in decision making at the
school level – Kentucky has long been a leader in this regard.
Kentucky teachers are heavily involved in what happens in a
school through the school-based decision making councils
and through professional learning communities. In addition,
every two years, we ask teachers to let us know how they are
involved in decision making at the school. The teacher survey
results can be found at www.tellkentucky.org. 2015 results will be
public in June.
• Provide opportunities for, and remove barriers to, continuing
professional development for principals – Kentucky has strong
principal development programs in our universities. Also, the
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has worked with communities
across Kentucky to provide innovative and creative leadership
training to more than 100 principals the last few years. Kentucky
also is providing training to principals who are looking for ways to
improve student achievement in their schools. Through a partnership
with the National Institute for School Leadership, we are training
more than 100 principals a year.
Strengthening teachers’ confidence in their own abilities
• Build teachers’ capacity to provide instruction to all types of
learners – The Kentucky Department of Education has offered
an online resource for a number of years where teachers can
access differentiated professional development aligned with the
special needs of students in their classrooms.
• Support the development of interpersonal relationships/
collaboration within the school – Many schools are providing
common planning time for teams of teachers to collaborate
and review student learning expectations, current student
performance and identify instructional techniques that help
improve student performance.
Innovating to create 21st-century learning environments
• Create conditions conducive to innovation – Legislation
has enabled the state to create districts of innovation and
for the Kentucky Board of Education to grant exemptions from
certain administrative regulations and statutory provisions
in an effort to improve student learning. As a result, Kentucky’s
districts of innovation are spawning new approaches to teaching
While there is much work to do in Kentucky, there is much we have accomplished. It is extremely important that we continue to look for ways to improve public perception of the value of the teaching profession. Our very future depends on our ability to recruit, support, and retain great teachers.