The Administrator as Instructional Leader

This is a three-hour workshop on the administrator as instructional leader: what it entails, how it differs from management, and why it is critical to effective programs and to student learning. It also explores strategies for integrating instructional leadership skills into daily practice.

Several other CALPRO workshops reflect, incorporate, and extend the concepts of instructional leadership; these include Becoming a Program of Excellence; Mentoring Adult Education Teacher: The Administrator’s Role; and Creating a Site-Based Professional Development Plan. In addition, the annual CALPRO Leadership Institute covers the topic of instructional leadership.


The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with a general understanding of the differences between management and leadership as well as the importance of instructional leadership.


By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Differentiate between effective management and quality leadership, and identify the roles and responsibilities of adult education administrators under each dimension;
  • Describe the connections among instructional leadership, effective programs, and student learning;
  • Identify tasks/responsibilities of the adult education instructional leader along the four functions of
    • Shaping the instructional environment,
    • Using data to inform decisions,
    • Assuming a distributive style of leadership, and
    • Functioning as a change agent; and
  • Begin to draft a personal action plan to develop and integrate instructional leadership skills into daily practice.