School leaders must quickly grasp the complexities of organizational and instructional administration. While many new principals are experienced instructional leaders, serving as the head administrator for an entire school building is a task of a different magnitude.  New leaders must possess a strong working knowledge of all aspects of school operations – from Common Core alignment and Title I to extracurricular programming and community engagement. CASDA’s expert Leadership and Management faculty is comprised of experienced principals and superintendents whose insights will guide new administrators as they meet the diverse challenges of school leadership.


CASDA’s Coaching and Mentoring service is customized to the needs of individual school leaders. Faculty experts meet with new principals to discuss the challenges of leadership and share relevant experiences and effective strategies. These one-on-one meetings encourage frankness and allow space for honest reflection of a leader’s strengths and weaknesses. Coaching and mentoring can support administrators as they develop their skills in areas such as:


  • Working with Instructional Leaders.

  • Facilitating the development of a building-wide professional learning community.

  • Understanding the nuances of legal mandates and reporting obligations.

  • Increasing school presence in the community and parent/guardian engagement.

  • Delegating responsibilities efficiently.

  • Cultivating a professional culture of transparency and accountability.




Coaching and Mentoring supports new administrators as they confront the many challenges of school leadership. Through reflection, analysis and honest discussion, leaders come to better understand the demands of administration and grow into effective, reliable stewards of their school communities.

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