School Leadership

Professional Learning Services

Professional Learning
for School Leaders

We get it. As a new or established leader, the challenges you face can feel insurmountable and endless: from low morale to conflicting state and city mandates; from the ever-evolving knowledge of what good instruction looks like to lack of manpower. How do you keep it all afloat while ensuring the instructional practice is in place to help students thrive academically? The demands are vast and the role itself can be isolating. We know. We’ve been there, too.

Effective school leaders – much like orchestra conductors when they produce a coherent sound – are adept at organizing groups to produce team results while encouraging individuals to shine. It’s often an objective mentor or partner behind the scenes that provides the tools, resources and know-how to be an effective leader. That’s how Generation Ready can help.

Dr. Richard Elmore, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University School of Education and Chair of Generation Ready’s Advisory Board, has developed with his team the Internal Coherence Framework and Developmental Rubric that undergirds Generation Ready’s leadership practice. This work represents an ‘efficacy based’ theory of improvement. Collective efficacy beliefs are defined as the individual team member’s belief that the team’s actions can make a difference to the outcome. The research is powerful in the context of high poverty schools because the coefficient for impact on student achievement for collective efficacy is equal to that of student socioeconomic status (Goddard, 2001) (Goddard & Woolfolk, 2000). Teachers and teams in persistently low performing systems typically score low on collective efficacy (Goddard, Goddard, & Tschannen-Moran, 2007). Our leadership work tackles this problem head on by ensuring the development of strong instructional leadership that aligns with effective principal leadership practices and team processes.

Generation Ready provided me with ongoing feedback, instructional support, and coaching. They helped me to establish protocols and practices for building effective teams and managing tasks. They also helped me to implement a professional learning plan that met my teachers’ needs. I relied on them heavily in my efforts to engage my staff in community building, goal setting, and inquiry work. I am undoubtedly indebted to them and will always remember them for their brilliance, generosity, and high level of care.”

– Iris Witherspoon, Principal, Bronx HS for the Visual Arts

Our Services

Our Engagements: Offer customized formats that can include Job-Embedded Coaching, Workshops, Institutes, Virtual- Coaching, Data Collecting and Academic Audits

Our Modules: Are offered for a variety of audiences including District or School-Level Leader, Individuals and Teams, and Cohorts of Schools.

Generation Ready supports all levels of school leadership. Below are two popular modules:

Principals who reported receiving no professional development during the previous year left their school


more often than principals who had some form of professional development*

A Tool Box for Success and Coherence

For early career leaders seeking support in building effective teams and high-quality instruction
  • Develop and articulate an ambitious vision for instruction

  • Observe, evaluate and provide effective feedback

  • Build internal coherence around high-level student tasks

  • Form strong teacher and leadership teams

  • Learn applicable organizational, budgetary, and time-management skills

  • Manage, interpret and make sound data-based decisions

  • Ensure standards-aligned curriculum

The Practiced Leader: Efficacy for School Improvement

For established school leaders looking to bring instruction and school performance to the next level
  • Build shared beliefs and attitudes

  • Formulate a shared language for culture building and high expectations

  • Leverage improvement science to promote innovative, transformative practice

  • Design organizational structures that support relational trust

  • Hone skills to describe, analyze, and predict student learning through classroom observation

  • Create aligned learning environments for students, teachers and leaders

 We have educators ready to help!