The Leadership Quality Standard (LQS) is newly developed and aligns with the Teaching Quality Standard and the Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard. On September 1, 2019, the standard will come into effect and will apply to all principals, assistant, associate and vice principals, and school jurisdiction leaders (a school jurisdiction leader is defined as a central office staff member, other than the superintendent or chief deputy superintendent, required by their leadership position to hold an Alberta teaching certificate).
This Leadership Quality Standard identifies nine competencies which leaders are required to demonstrate in their practice:
1. Fostering Effective Relationship
2. Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
3. Embodying Visionary Leadership
4. Leading a Learning Community
5. Supporting the Application of Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit
6. Providing Instructional Leadership
7. Developing Leadership Capacity
8. Managing School Operations and Resources
9. Understanding and Responding to the Larger Societal Context
Each competency in the standard includes several indicators designed to provide illustrative examples of competent leadership practice.
Just as the Teaching Quality Standard governs teacher certification, so the Leadership Quality Standard will govern leadership certification. After September 1, 2019, principals will be required to hold leadership certification.
Newly hired principals who have not yet attained leadership certification will still be able to take up principal roles. However, they will be expected to complete the required programming leading to certification within a reasonable period of time. Education stakeholders are working collaboratively with Alberta Education to develop the leadership development program that will support our next generation of leaders and lead to leadership certification.
Individuals already in principal roles during the 2018-2019 school year will be recognized for their currency of experience and granted certification without having to complete other requirements.
While principals will be required to be certificated, all teachers with permanent certification may complete the certification requirements leading to the leadership certificate prior to taking on a principal position.
Further information on leadership certification will be made available over the next several months.