School Leadership

Principals and assistant superintendents play key roles

School principals hold a pivotal position in implementing quality arts education teaching and learning in the classroom. On one hand they have direct oversight of teachers in their schools and are responsible for cultivating the overall mission and vision of the school community. On the other, they are part of a school leadership team in their school districts. As Arts for All found in examining the dynamics of school district leadership, strong leadership teams have a clear understanding of their inter-related responsibilities, a common language for discussing their arts education program and trust in one another. The relationship between the principals and the school district assistant superintendent, who often hires and supervises principals and monitors the implementation of arts education at the classroom level, is especially important.