The Four Dimensions of School Leadership Framework

June 2020 | University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership

This framework from the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington describes key actions and dispositions for equity-driven school leaders. It illustrates with vision statements what school leaders need to know and be able to do to ensure that each student, particularly those furthest from justice, has a school experience that prepares them for a limitless future. The “4D” framework supports school leaders to develop a vision of what it means to be an equity-driven leader forging transformed schools; to build reflective practice for themselves, with their colleagues, and with the school community as a whole; and to engage in shared work with school system leaders and peers to surface leader professional learning needs and highlight areas for inquiry. The four dimensions of the framework include: (1) equitable school community, (2) learning and teaching environment (3) resource management, and (4) collective leadership.

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