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H.R. 3441 (110th): Instructional Leadership Act of 2007

The text of the bill below is as of Aug 3, 2007 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3441

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 3, 2007

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

A BILL

To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to authorize competitive grants to train school principals in instructional leadership skills and to promote the incorporation of standards of instructional leadership into State-level principal certification or licensure.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Instructional Leadership Act of 2007.

2.

Findings

The Congress finds the following:

(1)

In addition to handling traditional management duties, the school principal is now expected to be an instructional leader—to possess the content knowledge and instructional skills to guide teaching and learning in the school.

(2)

There is a clear expectation within the amendments made by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 that principals become instructional leaders. Section 2113(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, calls for principals to have the instructional leadership skills to help teachers teach and students learn and to help students meet challenging State student academic achievement standards.

(3)

Despite this recognition of the importance of instructional leadership, adequate attention and resources have not been committed to training and supporting school principals in the standards of instructional leadership.

(4)

Licensure of school principals typically does not give adequate emphasis to instructional leadership skills in the certification process.

(5)

The term highly qualified principal added by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 should be defined and developed to include a strong emphasis on instructional leadership.

3.

Grants for instructional leadership

(a)

In general

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.) is amended by redesignating part I as part J and by inserting after part H the following new part:

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Instructional leadership

Sec. 1851. Competitive grants.

1851.

Competitive grants

(a)

Grants to develop innovative programs and sites

The Secretary shall make competitive grants to eligible entities to develop innovative programs and sites (such as leadership development schools) to train school principals in instructional leadership skills, including skills relating to—

(1)

effective instructional practices;

(2)

how to facilitate the development of a school vision;

(3)

aligning all aspects of a school culture to student and adult learning;

(4)

monitoring the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment;

(5)

improving instructional practices through the purposeful observation and evaluation of teachers;

(6)

ensuring the regular integration of appropriate assessments into daily classroom instruction;

(7)

using technology and multiple sources of data to improve classroom instruction;

(8)

providing staff with focused, sustained, research-based professional development; and

(9)

engaging all community stakeholders in a shared responsibility for student and school success.

(b)

Grants for pilot programs

In addition to the grants under subsection (a), the Secretary shall make competitive grants to State educational agencies or to partnerships or consortia which include State educational agencies to develop and implement pilot programs designed to evaluate and promote the incorporation of standards of instructional leadership into State principal certification or licensure.

(c)

Duration

A grant under this section shall be awarded for a period of 2 years, and may be continued for a period of 2 additional years.

(d)

Application

An eligible entity desiring a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information, as the Secretary may require.

(e)

Eligible entity

For purposes of this section, the term eligible entity means—

(1)

a State educational agency,

(2)

a local educational agency,

(3)

a nonprofit organization (such as a State principal association),

(4)

a institution of higher education, and

(5)

a partnership or consortium which includes at least 1 of the foregoing.

(f)

Reporting

The recipient of any grant awarded under this section shall report to the Secretary the results of its activities funded by such grant. Such report shall be submitted at such time, in such manner, and containing such information, as the Secretary may require.

(g)

Revised concept of highly qualified principal

(1)

In general

Based on the reports under subsection (f), the Secretary shall establish a definition of highly qualified principal that emphasizes standards of instructional leadership.

(2)

Considerations

In developing such a definition, the Secretary shall give consideration to the need for principals to—

(A)

demonstrate awareness of the knowledge skills and attitudes needed to effectively lead teaching and learning in schools;

(B)

engage in continuous professional development, utilizing a combination of academic study, developmental simulation exercises, self-reflection, mentorship and internship; and

(C)

demonstrate the capacity to lead in establishing and maintaining a professional learning community that effectively uses data to improve and personalize instruction for all students to result in improved student achievement.

(h)

Authorization of appropriations

To carry out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2008 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 5 succeeding fiscal years.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 is amended by redesignating the item relating to part I of title I as relating to part J and by inserting before such item the following new item:

Part I—Instructional leadership.