Principal Leadership

Developing learning leaders for learning schools


Effective school leaders shape a vision of academic success for all students. They cultivate leadership in others, improve instruction, and create a culture of learning in their schools.

Learning Forward works with principals, assistant principals, and principal supervisors to develop, implement, and sustain a vision for professional learning. Through a combination of team learning, small communities of practice, and personalized coaching, we work with these leaders to apply the Standards for Professional Learning in their schools and ensure that educators are working in learning communities that engage an ongoing cycle of continuous improvement.

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What We Do

Our support for school leaders includes:

Increasing instructional effectiveness

Creating a culture of collective responsibility

Developing and supporting coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Developing coaching and mentoring skills

Developing skills to lead high-achieving professional learning communities

Observing lessons and providing feedback to increase teaching effectiveness

Our Work

Becoming a Learning School

Discover what leaders need to know to implement more effective professional learning.

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The Principal Story Learning Guide

School leadership matters. During the past decade, there has been a growing recognition among educators and policymakers that school principals…

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Fill out our web form and let us know a little about your system and how you’d like to support your school leaders.


We’ll connect you with one of our consultants to talk about our school leadership work and how we can support you.


We’ll work with your school leaders on site and virtually to ensure their work gets results for teacher and students.

Principal Leadership Team

Patricia Roy

Madison, Virginia

Patricia Roy has written articles, books, training manuals, and resource guides focused on Learning Forward’s fundamental concepts about effective professional…

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Mike Murphy

San Antonio, Texas

Mike Murphy is a Senior Consultant for Learning Forward and a national educational coach, facilitator, and consultant who is recognized…

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Kay Cornell

West Bloomfield, Michigan

Kay Cornell is a senior consultant with Learning Forward. Kay was a high school English and French teacher, crisis counselor,…

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Deborah Childs-Bowen

Atlanta, Georgia

Deborah Childs-Bowen is a senior consultant with Learning Forward and a national leader in developing principals and assistant principals as…

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