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Principal Labs: Strengthening Instructional Leadership Through Shared Learning


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Megan Kortlandt, Carly Stone, and Samantha Keesling have developed a flexible structure for collaborative professional learning that they call the principal lab, in which K–12 principals learn with and from each other to become better instructional leaders. Each chapter walks through the foundational components of a successful principal lab—relationship building, anchoring experiences, observations, and feedback—and then discusses how to lay the groundwork, figure out logistics, and plan and structure labs.

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Laying the Groundwork

Labs to Introduce New Curriculum

Labs to Study Instructional Practices

About the authors

Megan Kortlandt is a literacy consultant with Oakland Schools, an intermediate school district that serves across one of Michigan's largest counties. She has taught in middle and high school classrooms in a variety of settings over the past 15 years, but she has more recently found a passion for supporting teachers and leaders as they strive to reach all learners through engagement, authenticity, and autonomy. When she's not teaching or facilitating professional learning, chances are good Kortlandt is writing about it. She has previously been published in NCTE's journal Voices from the Middle and The Michigan Reading Journal, and she is a contributing writer for Moving Writers.

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