High-Performance Instructional Leadership Network

The Way to Have A Greater Impact…
Without Working Even Longer Hours

As a school leader, time is your single most valuable resource. How can you use every moment to increase your impact on student learning??

In the High-Performance Instructional Leadership Network, you’ll join nearly 100 top administrators in taking your work to the next level.

If you’re ready to go beyond the “hero” mindset and start creating a lasting impact, get the inspiration, support, and guidance that only the Network can provide.

Our Unique Format

  • Live webinars and conference calls—two strategy-rich sessions per month
  • HD video tutorials—learn how to use powerful productivity tools at your own pace
  • Individual consultations—get help with your specific challenges by phone, email, or Skype
  • Detailed articles—strategic thinking to guide your leadership, delivered each month
  • Self-paced challenges—rich content combined with action steps, delivered over time to help you develop habits to maximize implementation and impact

Why Now?

School leadership matters more than ever, yet your job has become nearly un-doable, with ever-growing expectations competing for your time and attention.

The symptoms are familiar:

  • You don’t get into classrooms as much as you’d like
  • You deal with so much email and paperwork that you never feel caught up
  • You feel perpetually behind on supporting teachers, planning professional development, and other “important but not urgent” work that gets pushed aside by each day’s emergencies
  • There never seems to be enough time in the day to even keep up with the day-to-day, much less invest in the kinds of major changes that you’ve envisioned for your school

Does any of this ring a bell?

Don’t feel bad—the reason you can’t seem to spend more time working on instructional leadership is really quite simple: Your job wasn’t designed to be doable by anyone, no matter how extraordinary.

Let that soak in. What that means is that no one ever planned for you to be successful as an instructional leader. A building manager? Sure. A supervisor? Sure.

But the principalship wasn’t designed for instructional leadership. As our roles have changed, more and more has been piled on over the years. Without high-impact productivity tools, strategies, and habits, the job is un-doable for even the most heroic of leaders.

So as the world has changed, bringing more and more pressure on schools to perform, and on principals to be instructional leaders…there’s a gap—a LARGE gap—between what we’ve been set up to do, and what we’re now expected to do. And it’s our job to close that gap.

Becoming A High-Performance Instructional Leader Is Possible

We all know principals who are extraordinarily effective, yet aren’t working themselves to death.

It’s not about working harder, and it’s not about mysterious, inborn leadership qualities.

Anyone can learn to be a high-performance instructional leader, but not through personal sacrifice and heroic effort. The secret is much more doable (and even a little mundane!)

Does this sound like you?

  • Overworked
  • Pulled in too many directions
  • Unable to get to the high-impact work that always seems to be on the back burner

If so, you’re completely normal. But there’s no reason to be normal.

There’s nothing holding you back from the level of greatness you see in other instructional leaders.

And there’s even better news: you can reach that level faster, better, and easier than those who came before you.

The reason is simple: extraordinary school leaders build a legacy of greatness by building systems, not by being superhuman.

The High-Performance Instructional Leadership Network will give you the tools, strategies, and paradigms you need to build these systems.

It doesn’t matter where (or how long ago) you were trained to be a principal. It doesn’t matter if technology seems to have left you behind. It doesn’t matter if you’re already so busy you couldn’t possibly miss a day of school to participate in more PD.

Content Strands

Each month, we provide high-impact professional development to support your productivity in the work of instructional leadership. The Network is organized into four content strands:

  • Teacher Evaluation & Growth—provide feedback-rich walkthroughs, collect detailed, framework-based evidence in formal observations, and optimize your approach to helping each teacher improve
  • The Productivity Pathway—learn the tools, strategies, and habits that help you stay in control and focused on your top priorities
  • Organizational Management & Change Leadership—apply the latest research and high-impact strategies to help your school move to the next level
  • School Culture, Climate, and Communication—strengthen your school’s culture through purposeful, relevant communication, so everyone is focused on a shared mission.

You’ll learn the same methods I’ve used to become a highly effective principal without working insane hours or being crushed by stress. And I know for a fact that these high-performance instructional leadership strategies will work for you.

How do I know? Because they haven’t just worked for me…they’ve worked for thousands of principals all over the country.

Expert Guidance

Who am I? I’m Justin Baeder, director of The Principal Center.

Justin Baeder

A former Seattle Public Schools principal and teacher, my professional mission is to improve the efficiency of schools by helping educational leaders maximize the impact of their work.

My presentations, online and at major national conventions such as ASCD and NAESP, have helped thousands of school administrators increase their productivity using digital as well as low-tech tools and processes.

I’m also a PhD candidate researching principal productivity at the University of Washington. I live and breathe productivity in school leadership.

Most importantly, I’m dedicated to helping you maximize your impact.

Are You Ready to Step Up Your “Game” As An Instructional Leader?

Here’s exactly what the Network includes:

  • Two 1-hour live workshop sessions each month on high-performance instructional leadership. You will learn the skills, strategies, tools, and techniques that you need to thrive as a high-performance instructional leader.
  • Going Digital: Boot Camp for High-Performance Instructional Leaders, my extensive and growing library of video tutorials to walk you step-by-step through the tools you’ll need for high-performance leadership
  • Recordings of everything for on-demand access
  • My monthly Leadership Letter, an action-oriented guide to the most relevant research and thinking on organizational leadership, to help you lead your school with purpose and strategic focus.
  • A free subscription to the Marshall Memo, which summarizes the best articles from 64 different publications each week to bring you powerful strategies and cutting-edge research.
  • A welcome kit, including a Future File system and resources to give your productivity a jumpstart
  • Individual productivity consultations via phone/Skype
  • Complimentary membership for an emerging leader you are mentoring (e.g. teacher-leader, admin intern, dean, etc.)

Flexible PD for Busy School Leaders

Conferences, courses, books, and webinars can be helpful, but the research is clear: the best professional development is long-term, in-depth, and linked to your daily work.

That’s why the Network gives you complete flexibility in how and when you participate, so you can meet the challenges of your work without missing a day at school.

Of all the PD options available today, only the High-Performance Instructional Leadership Network has been specifically designed to help you increase your productivity and effectiveness as an instructional leader.

Whether you want to grow a little each day, or immerse yourself in the content over a long weekend, you’ll get exactly what you need.

Master High-Impact Tools Quickly

Throughout the year, you’ll master the tools, strategies, and habits that will help you maximize your impact on student learning. To guide you through the specific software tools I recommend, I’ve created an in-depth tutorial series to help you get the most out of these powerful tools.

Going Digital Boot Camp for High-Performance Instructional Leaders

We’ll talk strategy in our twice-monthly workshops, but any time you want more in-depth guidance on a specific tool, you can access the Digital Boot Camp tutorials for detailed, step-by-step assistance.

Start Strong with our
Welcome Kit

When you join the Network, we’ll send your Welcome Kit by Priority Mail, so you can get started right away. Your Welcome Kit includes:

  • A complete 43-folder Future File system
  • My guide How To Use the Future File to Keep Your Desk Clear…Without Losing Track of Anything
  • A Network caffeine holder/writing implement organizer
  • A wallet-sized USB flash drive containing my workshop Setting Up Your Office for Peak Productivity

How Much Does It Cost?

You’re smart. You know this question has a two-part answer, because professional development is an investment of money and time.

Your total investment only comes to $149 per month, or about $5 per day. Considering your time is worth about $1 per minute, it’s an investment that will pay off many times over throughout your career.

More importantly, you can participate fully without ever missing a day at school.

If you access everything, the Network will take 3-4 hours per month, which you should regain immediately in increased productivity.

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The Network is hands-down the best way to enhance your capacity as an instructional leader, increase your productivity, and reduce your stress level.

Join the High-Performance Instructional Leadership Network Today

Your Membership Includes:

  • Two 1-hour live workshop sessions each month on high-performance instructional leadership
  • Going Digital: Boot Camp for High-Performance Instructional Leaders, my extensive and growing library of video tutorials to walk you step-by-step through the tools you’ll need for high-performance leadership
  • Recordings of everything for on-demand access
  • My monthly Leadership Letter, an action-oriented guide to the most relevant research and thinking on organizational leadership, to help you lead your school with purpose and strategic focus.
  • A free subscription to the Marshall Memo, which summarizes the best articles from 64 different publications each week to bring you powerful strategies and cutting-edge research.
  • A welcome kit, including a Future File system and resources to give your productivity a jumpstart
  • Individual productivity consultations via phone/Skype
  • Complimentary membership for an emerging leader you are mentoring (e.g. teacher-leader, admin intern, dean, etc.)

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Workshop Topics

Every month, you’ll get two workshops loaded with powerful strategies for increasing the impact of your leadership. Each workshop is an hour long, and is geared toward your needs at that particular time of year. Our month-by-month schedule is as follows:

Month Topics
July High-Performance Workflow
Setting Up Your Office for Peak Productivity
August Setting and Communicating a Vision for Improvement
2 Hours a Day?! Making Time To Be In Classrooms
September Coaching for Instructional Improvement, Part 1
Setting Up Powerful Electronic Walkthrough Feedback Forms
October Conducting Formal Teacher Observations, Part 1
Time Management for Firefighters
November The Project Flywheel: Making Big Progress on Big Priorities
Upgrading Your Calendar and Streamlining Your Meetings
December Email: Taking Control of Your Inbox
Classroom Walkthrough Challenge, Part 1
January Preparing for Negative Teacher Evaluations
Coaching for Instructional Improvement, Part 2
February Conducting Formal Teacher Observations, Part 2
Microsoft Excel Boot Camp
March Written Communication: Typing Exponentially Faster
Accelerating School Initiatives
April Writing Final Teacher Evaluations
Preparing to Honor Teachers and Students
May Maintaining Momentum in Instructional Improvement
Managing Your Stress
June Setting Goals for Next Year
Refining Your Systems

(Schedule subject to change)

Who should participate?

  • Principals and assistant principals
  • Aspiring school leaders
  • Superintendents and education directors who work with principals

who are interested in:

  • Improving instruction in their schools
  • Becoming more productive and efficient
  • Leading and developing staff more effectively
  • Developing a culture of continuous improvement

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Who should NOT participate?

The Network isn’t for everyone. If you are not interested in dramatically increasing your productivity, reducing your stress, and increasing your impact…

If you’re waiting for someone else to come along and make your job easier so you can keep doing what used to work…

If you like to go to conferences and read books but not put what you learn into practice…then the Network probably isn’t for you.

But if you want to make a dramatic leap in your leadership capacity, this might be just the boost you need.

Our Guarantee

We believe the Network will transform your leadership and give you the tools you need to bring about improvement in your school. You’ll be amazed at the transformation that takes place in your ability to accomplish the work of leadership and move your school forward.

If you are not satisfied with the Network for any reason, you can cancel at any time, and we will refund your current month’s fee as well as any prepaid registration fees for unused months.

Questions?

Call 1-800-861-5172 or email justin@principalcenter.com

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Can I pay with a purchase order?
A: Yes, simply select the purchase order option on our registration form and we will invoice you for your 12-month membership. If you’d like, we can split your membership across two fiscal years. You can also pay monthly by credit card.

Q: What’s the time commitment? I am interested, but I will have very limited time to participate. Is this a good option for me?

A: The Network is one of the least time-consuming forms of professional development youll find anywhere. You will get the flexibility to participate whenever you’re free, and you’ll never have to leave your building.

The time you invest in the Network will be offset by the increase in your productivity and effectiveness, and you’ll get tools and resources that will save you time as you pursue your work with the support of the your colleagues.

If you participate in everything every month, the Network will take 3 to 4 hours a month.

Q: The kind of instructional leadership the Network advocates is different from the established norm in my school/district. How can I navigate this challenge?

A: Cultural change is a major part of the work of instructional leadership. Our workshops will help you deal with this and all the other challenges of becoming a stronger and more effective instructional leader.

Q: Why does my membership include a free membership for someone I’m mentoring in school leadership? Who does this apply to?

A: The free membership is available to one person you are actively mentoring, and this can include a teacher, teacher on special assignment, or other administrator, but not an administrator who is in a peer role to you. As a principal, you may include another principal as your mentee if you have a succession plan in place (for example, if you are a high school principal mentoring another leader in the district to take your place in the next few years). If you’d like to check on your specific mentor/mentee situation, please contact us at 1-800-861-5172 or justin@principalcenter.com.

Q: What is the format for the online workshops?

A: It’s the same as for the other workshops we offer at The Principal Center. We currently use the Fuze online meeting service, which allows us to share slides, chat, and the presenter’s voice, with screen-sharing and webcam as needed for demonstrating specific tools. Fuze supports iPad, PC, or Mac.

When possible, we also shoot in-studio HD video, which is incorporated into the recordings in post-production. All of the sessions are made available as downloadable MP4 videos, which you can save and watch any time, or stream from our website.

Each session is loaded with powerful strategies and tools you can use immediately in your work as an instructional leader, and you can add to the discussion or ask questions at any time.

Q: If I join now, when will my credit card be charged?

A: Your card will be charged for one month at a time, then again on the same day each month.

Q: If I pay by purchase order, how many months am I registering for?

A: We accept purchase orders for 12-month periods, to ensure that you get access to the entire program. If you decide to cancel, we will refund any unused months on a prorated basis.

If you prefer, we can split the membership fee into two invoices so you can pay out of funds from more than one fiscal year or source. Credit card payments are monthly. Contact us with questions about other arrangements.

Q: I’d like my entire district administration team to participate. Do you offer a group discount?

A: Yes, we offer substantial group discounts. Please contact us for a quote, and mention how many administrators will be included.  

Register for the High-Performance Instructional Leadership Network

✓ Yes, Justin! I’m ready to join the High-Performance Instructional Leadership Network.

✓ I understand this is an intensive but flexible online professional development program for school leaders.

✓ As an Network participant, I’ll shift my leadership into high gear with the profession’s most powerful productivity strategies and tools.

✓ I understand I can participate in the sessions live, or access them on my schedule, since everything is recorded for me to keep and review at any time.

✓ I also understand I’ll get a $100 credit to use on any Principal Center workshop now or in the future.

Sorry, registration is currently closed. Please contact us with any questions.

Questions? Call 1-800-861-5172

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