Areas of Focus
Instructional Leadership
Supervision and Evaluation



Each EmpowerED 3.2.1 features 3 Big Ideas, 2 Quotes, and 1 Question with lots of links to resources from different perspectives such as business and industry, medicine, athletics, economics, recreation, and parenting as well as music and the arts. The goal of these brief commentaries is to advance our thinking about how that wide array of information connects with and supports our work as educational leaders. We don’t think you can find a short read like this anywhere else. Access here.

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 here.













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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


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

Action Plan

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

Contract for Improvement Points

Data Analysis Questions

Data Collection Tool: Use of Collaborative Norms

Data Flowchart

Data Review Questions

Establishing Norms

FHN with Data

Five Whys

Funding Sources

Funding Request Template

Incomplete Assignment Log

Look For’s and Listen For’s

My Compass for Educational Leadership

Non-Negotiables for Creating a Culture for Learning

Observable Conditions for Learning

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

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

School-Parent-Child Compact

Standards-Based Education Learning Walk

Self-Assessment: Classroom Assessment

Self-Assessment: Classroom Data Use

Self-Assessment: Elevating Teacher Leadership

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