The core content of the Academy's instructional leadership program focuses on increasing knowledge, skills, and competencies around seven standards of excellence in instructional leadership and will reflect Nova Scotia Provincial Leadership Standards when completed.

Embedded throughout the program, as well, are opportunities for participants to develop a strong understanding of issues related to inclusion, equity and diversity.

Instructional Leadership Standards

Standard I: Vision for Instruction

The instructional leader facilitates the development, implementation, and stewardship of a shared vision for instruction that supports learning for all.

Standard II: Leading and Managing Change

The instructional leader identifies and articulates the urgency for instructional improvement and is knowledgeable and strategic about change management and systems thinking.

Standard III: Collaborative Learning Culture

The instructional leader builds a school culture that is characterized by caring, trust, and respectful relationships that motivates teachers to engage in collaborative inquiry for instructional improvement.

Standard IV: Professional Learning

The instructional leader facilitates high quality and job-embedded learning for teachers based on research, best practices, and teacher development needs.

Standard V: High Quality Instruction

The instructional leader is knowledgeable about and deeply involved in the effective implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Standard VI: Understanding and Using Data to Improve Instruction

The instructional leader uses data to ensure a consistent and continuous school-wide focus on improving instruction and student achievement.

Standard VII: Positive Learning Environment

The instructional leader promotes the success of every student by ensuring that staff acts with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner to create and sustain an inclusive and equitable school learning environment.