SELF Competencies: Principal Operations

#8. Operations

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


Build, implement, monitor, and improve systems and structures for school operation in service of the school’s equity vision.


  • Resources: Seek, acquire, and manage fiscal and other resources to support an instructional program grounded in data about student outcomes to achieve the school’s equity goals.
  • Time: Create schedules and systems in support of maximizing time for student learning and adult professional growth.
  • Systems: Develop and implement systems for regular school functions that allow principals to prioritize instructional leadership responsibilities.
  • Safety: Build and maintain a safe, caring, and healthy school environment that meets the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of each student and staff member.
  • Facilities: Monitor and implement district procedures to maintain the school’s physical plant.
  • Compliance: Know, help the school community understand, and implement local, state, and federal laws, rights, policies, and regulations in order to promote student success.

Evidence of Impact

  • Detailed daily/weekly schedule of classes, student interventions, teacher team meetings, and PD sessions are public and managed by leadership team members.
  • Every moment of available time — in and out of the school day — is focused on increasing student achievement.
  • School calendar of professional development, interim assessments, and re-teaching is in place.
  • Daily/weekly schedules create adequate time for student interventions and adult development and are flexible enough to adjust to new priorities.
  • Finances and other resources are aligned with strategic priorities; Aligned external partners are identified and accessed to supplement available resources.
  • School-wide code of conduct aligned with district and school priorities is in place and consistently implemented across all classrooms.
  • Core components of social, emotional, and behavioral supports are in place to support student learning.

This page was last updated on August 5, 2019