Center on System Leadership

The NISL Program: Curriculum

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The NISL program empowers leaders to succeed through a thoughtfully designed, cohesive curriculum consisting of 12 two-day units delivered over 12 to 15 months:

Course 1: World-Class Schooling: Vision and Goals

  • Unit 1: The Educational Challenge
  • Unit 2: The Principal as Strategic Thinker
  • Unit 3: Elements of Standards-Aligned Instructional Systems

Course 2: Focus on Teaching and Learning

  • Unit 4: Foundations of Effective Learning
  • Unit 5: Leadership in the Instructional Core: English Language Arts and History
  • Unit 6: Leadership in the Instructional Core: Science and Mathematics
  • Unit 7: Coaching for High-Quality Teaching

Course 3: Sustaining Transformation through Capacity

  • Unit 8: Promoting the Learning Organization
  • Unit 9: Teams for Instructional Leadership
  • Unit 10: Ethical Leadership for Equity
  • Unit 11: Driving and Sustaining Transformation

A Curriculum That Addresses the Many Roles of Today’s School Leaders

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NISL Applied Plus

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