To develop and support effective leaders in education today, we must renew and refocus our attention on learning and the learner. While this may not sound radical, if we scratch the surface of this call, we’ll find a need for transformational leadership.
The Leadership Competencies for Learner-Centered, Personalized Education (Leadership Competencies) serve as a first step in identifying the knowledge, skills, and dispositions leaders must master in order to build and sustain learner-centered, personalized schools and learning environments. Outside of the education world, many of the themes in the Leadership Competencies reflect a larger movement across numerous industries and sectors—from high-tech to health care to nonprofits—toward a continuous improvement approach, shared leadership, and greater transparency. The authors and our many contributors hope these competencies serve as a helpful step toward building present- and future-focused systems of education in which each student can fulfill their learning potential and head into postsecondary life ready to succeed in their careers and communities.