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 Relationships
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.
Quality educational leadership is recognized as second only to quality classroom instruction in contributing to student learning. A new leadership certification will ensure that, for the first time in Alberta, individuals entering leadership roles in education will have a common level of preparation across the province.
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.
Only those working in principal positions will be required to hold a leadership certificate. Teachers working in other leadership roles (such as assistant, vice, or associate principals, as well as school jurisdiction leaders) will not be required to hold leadership certification to work in their positions, but will be expected to meet the Leadership Quality Standard.
Prior to September 1, 2019, teachers who are in a leadership role in the 2018/19 school year may acquire their leadership certification in two ways:
The one-time in-service training opportunities are being developed and provided through a collaborative effort by the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), and Association of Independent Schools & College in Alberta (AISCA). Alberta Education will be supporting this learning opportunity, and there will be no registration costs for individuals to attend. Details about the availability of in-service training will be provided early in 2019.
School authorities are responsible for identifying those eligible for both of the above pathways to certification. Leaders are responsible for registering through TWINS self-service prior to applying for leadership certification.
NOTE: Any Alberta certificated teacher that is interested in acquiring leadership certification should ensure they update their information in TWINS. Those who are eligible for grandparented or in-service pathways to leadership certification will be contacted through TWINS directly alerting them that they can apply for their leadership certificate.
After September 1, 2019, teachers new to leadership roles or aspiring to them, will be able to acquire leadership certification through the completion of an approved leadership training program offered by one of Alberta’s post-secondary institutions. Alberta Education is supporting Alberta’s post-secondaries in developing this leadership development programming, which will support the growth of our next generation of school leaders. More details about these programs will be announced as information becomes available.
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.
Teachers will be able to complete the leadership program at any time, including prior to taking a leadership position. They must meet all the requirements of a leadership certificate – including holding a permanent teaching certificate – before they will be granted a leadership certificate.
More information about leadership certification will be made available over the next several months.