Utah's Department of Education recently organized three successful principal summer institutes: The Principal's Role in Improving Instructional Effectiveness : http://leadsumm14.weebly.com with breakout sessions that focused on teaching and leadership standards and professional learning, ensuring reliable observations, supporting effective SLOs, running effective PLCs and gathering data on instructional practice. Approximately 30% of the states' principals attended the summits and were well received. This is also the first time the Utah team organized the summits on an electronic platform, which Utah's participants greatly appreciated.
Conducting Difficult Conversations sessions provided Utah's principals with specific strategies focusing on the observation cycle. ..