Area of Focus
Instructional Leadership

This is just the resource you need to stay up-to-date with the current best thinking about instructional leadership. This e-Newsletter focuses on the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL). These recently published standards are available at ProfessionalStandardsforEducat ionalLeaders2015forNPBEAFINAL. pdf













Openingofschoolchecklist1Since 2005, the most popular issue of Just for the ASKing! has been The Opening of School Checklist; it was first published in July 2005 and is updated and published each July. It is updated each year to reflect new developments in the educational world. It includes over 100 tasks to consider in the focus areas of teaching staff, students, parents, community, and building.


The Just ASK Closing of School ChecklistThe ideas presented in this checklist are based on personal experiences as well as input from building administrators and other school personnel. We know that not all suggestions will apply to all schools, but those that do not apply may cause you to think of others we neglected to include. In addition to specific tasks to be accomplished as the school year ends, we are including some guiding principles to consider as the school year ends.




Instructional Leadership Tools and Templates


NEW for November 2018

Incomplete Assignment Log

Contract for Improvement Points


School Improvement Self-Study: Are We Planning With Purpose and Living Our Plan?

School-Parent-Child Compact

Parent Conferences
Excerpts from Why Didn’t I Learn This in College?

19 (plus 1) Questions Your Child’s Teacher Would (Probably) Love to Answer 

Accelerated Participation in AP Report
From the School District of Palm Beach County Florida

Data Collection Tool: Use of Collaborative Norms

Data Review Questions

Dignity for All Students
The New York State Dignity for All Student Act
A Resource and Promising Practices Guide for School Administrators and Faculty

Ethical and Professional Dilemmas for Educators
From Connecticut’s Teacher Education and Mentoring Program

Establishing Norms

Five Whys

Funding Sources

Funding Request Template

My Compass for Educational Leadership

Non-Negotiables for Creating a Culture for Learning

Observable Conditions for Learning

Standards-Based Education Learning Walk

Self-Assessment: Classroom Assessment

Self-Assessment: Formats for Professional Learning

Three-Column Chart

Top Ten Questions

Ways We Want Our Schools to Be: From Inside Collaborative Classroom

Yesterday and Today: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Yesterday and Today Moving to 21st Century Thinking Skills