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Developing Principals' Instructional Leadership in Math in Common Districts

By Frances Reade, Rebecca Perry, Stacy Marple


This report is part of a six-part series summarizing key findings from the Math in Common (MiC) five-year initiative funded by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. During the MiC initiative, 10 diverse California school districts learned about and shared best practices for implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M) in grades K–8.

This report describes the approaches that MiC districts took toward helping principals take ownership of math instruction and standards implementation at their sites, and profiles three MiC districts that built their principals’ instructional leadership over time.

Key Findings

  • MiC districts carved out time with principals to talk about mathematics
  • MiC districts empowered principals to become mathematics instructional leaders
  • MiC districts supported principals in collaborating with teachers at their sites
  • MiC districts got principals into classrooms to observe mathematics instruction and to build the principals’ understanding of standards-aligned instruction

Based on these findings, the report offers district leaders recommendations for supporting their principals to lead CCSS-M implementation at their sites.

Download this report and the Evaluation Brief to learn more.

Read the entire series of summative evaluation reports and the Executive Summary at

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Copyright: 2019
Format: PDF
Pages: 28
Publisher: WestEd