ASCD and Pearson Partner with Renowned Education Researcher to Create Leadership Development Program for School Principals

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--New Online Platform to Offer Dr. Robert Marzano’s Research-based Framework for Professional Growth of 21st Century K-12 Educators--

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ASCD, the global provider of programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, and the education services and technology company Pearson today announced a partnership to develop a comprehensive online leadership program for school principals and leadership teams.

The new cloud-based Principal Compass™ will debut at ASCD’s 67th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Philadelphia March 24-26. ASCD and Pearson are collaborating with the Marzano Research Laboratory and Dr. Robert Marzano on the development of a new digital program reflecting the results of Marzano’s extensive studies establishing an evidence-based framework for principal growth and development. Marzano’s framework with accompanying rubrics identifies five domains and 24 categories for effective principal leadership.

Principal Compass™, the only cloud-based comprehensive program of its kind for principal leadership development, will feature targeted support, including:

  •     Numerous self-paced online modules correlated to Dr. Marzano’s research;
  •     Onsite coaching and team professional development;
  •     Access to more than 3,000 classroom and practitioner videos;
  •     Benchmarking of principals and their teams’ self-assessment data against competencies for effective school leadership identified from studies of more than 300 high-performing principals;
  •     Progress monitoring;
  •     and recommendations for additional support.

Additionally, Principal Compass™ will reflect the ISLLC (Interstate School Licensure Consortium) Standards and Skills.

“ASCD is pleased to partner with Pearson and Dr. Marzano to create Principal Compass™. Together, we pool our extensive expertise to create an unmatched set of tools to aid principals as they continue to develop into highly effective leaders supporting the success of each learner,” said ASCD executive director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter.

Dr. Marzano said, “Our research team has dedicated years to identifying that critical set of skills and behaviors that makes a principal an exceptional leader, along with rubrics that help principals identify growth areas and strategies to make needed improvement. Now, with Principal Compass™, we have an organized structure to share this system nationally. This is a partnership that can ultimately benefit millions of principals, teachers and students across the country.”

“This partnership brings together the absolute top experts on principal effectiveness. With Dr. Marzano, ASCD and our Pearson team along with exclusive partnerships with authors such as Jon Saphier, Rick Stiggins and Lyle Kirtman, states and districts will now have a tremendous resource for ensuring that their principals are successful as leaders,” said Stefan Kohler, Pearson School’s head of educator effectiveness and professional development. He added, “This is the only program built from the ground up with the practitioner’s voice and perspective, and the only program that takes into consideration the very real time constraints of a principal’s busy day.”

Principal Compass™ will become part of Pearson’s Compass Suite™ which includes the award-winning Teacher Compass Observe™, an online program for effectively managing classroom observations and guiding teachers to personalized professional development; Teacher Compass PD™, engaging teachers in personalized, ongoing training, reflection and collaboration; and Principal Compass™.

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About ASCD
ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 150,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 145 countries—the ASCD community also includes 58 affiliate organizations. The nonprofit's diverse, nonpartisan membership is its greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit

About Pearson
Pearson has as its mission to work side-by-side with states, districts, teachers, students and parents to ensure that every child is prepared for college and career (NYSE: PSO).

ASCD: Stephen Wakefield, communications director, stephen.wakefield(at)ascd(dot)org, 1-703-575-5764
Pearson: Kate Miller, VP communications, kate.miller(at)pearson(dot)com, 1-800-745-8489


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