SELF Competencies: Principal Continuous Improvement

#7. Continuous Improvement

MANAGERIAL/SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP: Align systems, structures, and resources that sustain a culturally consonant environment in the service of student learning.

Continuous improvement

Use continuous improvement strategies to promote systems change in service of the school’s equity vision.


  • Use of data: Use data findings — particularly related to the opportunities and outcomes of AA, Latinx, Pacific Islander, EL students, and students with disabilities — as the basis for setting improvement goals.

  • Improvement process: Use processes for continuous improvement (e.g., Plan-Do-Study-Act) to set goals, implement strategies, monitor progress, and adjust based on outcomes.

  • Inquiry: Use inquiry strategies (e.g., root cause analysis, articulating a theory of action) to guide decision-making and action planning.

  • Innovation: Use strategies and resources to implement new ideas, assess ideas’ effectiveness and coherence with ongoing improvement efforts, and adapt implementation based on lessons learned.

Evidence of Impact

  • Protocols and processes to diagnose the current state of the school (including review of data, school practices, and instructional practices) are clear and transparent to all staff.

  • Each grade and department have specific student outcome targets — for AA, Latinx, Pacific Islander, EL students, and students with disabilities — clear milestones, and benchmarks to track student outcomes and school practice implementation.

  • Strategic plan priorities are public — stakeholders share a common understanding of short and long term milestones and goals.

  • Teacher leaders and members of the leadership team focus regular discussions on student learning outcomes.

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