ISLLC Standards

From the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) website:

Leadership Standards

  • 2008 ISLLC Standards:  Click Here
  • CCSSO Performance Expectations and Indicators for School Leaders: Click Here
  • Teacher Leadership Standards: Click Here

Revised Draft ISLLC Standards for School Leaders

In June 2014, CCSSO partnered with the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) to refresh the ISLLC Standards for school leaders. These standards are important because they detail the knowledge and skills effective district and school leaders need in order to build teams of teachers and leaders who improve student learning and lead to student success. These standards have not been updated since 2008, and many things have changed in the public education system since then.

Over the past year, CCSSO has conducted two public comment periods and met with many focus groups of stakeholders to gather feedback and input. CCSSO hopes to present the final standards to the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) in Fall 2015 for approval. This summer, we are working closely with members of NPBEA this summer to review the comments received from the most recent public comment period in May. In addition, a group will be created to specifically address concerns raised in the public comment period and recommend the final leadership standards. We expect this group to meet in August and September. We will continue to post updates on this website throughout the process.

  • Click here to download the 2015 draft of the Revised Draft ISLLC Standards for School Leaders.

ISLLC Comparison Chart

Standard 2008 2015 Draft

An education leader promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by all stakeholders.

Education leaders build a shared vision of student academic success and well-being.

2 An education leader promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

Education leaders champion and support instruction and assessment that maximizes student learning and achievement.


An education leader promotes the success of every student by ensuring management of the organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

Education leaders manage and develop staff members’ professional skills and practices in order to drive student learning and achievement.


An education leader promotes the success of every student by collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.

Education leaders cultivate a caring and inclusive school community dedicated to student learning, academic success and personal well-being of every student.


An education leader promotes the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.

Education leaders effectively coordinate resources, time, structures and roles to build the instructional capacity of teachers and other staff.


An education leader promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

Education leaders engage families and the outside community to promote and support student success.


Education leaders administer and manage operations efficiently and effectively.



A Valentine to my Pancreas

Inspired by the Twitter Chat Thursday hosted by @SweeterCherise @DiabetesSocMed and all those who creatively and collaboratively (pan)created. Thank you, you un/romantic insulin addicts of the #DOC and #DSMA. I “heart” you all (and your wonky pancreases).

Pancreas, I love you more than my wisdom teeth. They are long gone, but you still serve some purposes.

I love you to the Islets of Langerhans and back. (Apparently very small islands and easily obliterated.)

Pancreas, I will pick you over Anthony Hopkins and his love of livers any day.

Pancreas, you and I go together like port and stilton … bloody (red), and bitter sweet, producing unpredictable outcomes, always needing a unit or two to set me straight, and always reminding me of the finer things in life (other than you).

Pancreas, I love you less than, every other functioning organ in my body and way less than my awesome insulin pump. Thank you @Animas

Pancreas, I hope you know that I think you’re really dead weight (except for those digestive enzymes you still kick out … thanks for those.)

Pancreas, just thinking about you makes me feel like a sucker for my own immune system and thankful for Drs. Banting and Best … go Canada!

Pancreas,when we hang out together, I wonder what my pump would be telling me.

Pancreas, I think FOR you at least 500 times a day. If it wasn’t for your amazing inabilities & my dull lancet.

Pancreas, I am lucky to have a molecular biology experiment like you. Your personal scientist forever, Meagan


Bhutan – a mystical place

Bhutan prayer flags Paro Chilis - Thimpu market

Thimpu Festival 4

Every festival needs a jester with a phallus.

One of the most amazing places is a remote, isolated puzzle piece between Tibet and India. Big sky, colorful festivals, chili laden cuisine and relaxed way of life. Not naive, not ignorant, just a different set of priorities. Thimpu festivalThimpu festival 2Thimpu Dzong Thimpu festival 3  I visited during the first week of October … the start of the many festivals. There is such national pride in the culture and the tourists were equally matched in number by locals who had come with their families to soak it in and socialize.

Budhism is such an integral piece of life in Bhutan that the idea of secularism, separation of religion from government and not knowing the history would be impossible for the people. Thimpu Festival 5 That doesn’t Thimpu to Punaka road wideningThimpu to Punaka potato truck flipmean that the Land of Happiness does not have issues. A reminder of the challenges of infrastructure came to me every day as we weaved our way over mountain passes on road undergoing sketchy reconstruction. And families of road workers doing dangerous jobs including a mother with her baby on her back as she lowered rock over a cliff to be added to the retaining wall. This lead to an “interesting” discussion with my guide about what are basic needs if “Happiness” is the national focus. And the Nepalese refugee issue. Probably best to avoid that topic as well, if you don’t want to tarnish the image in your mind of a nation where everyone is happy.

Have pump will travel

Have insulin pump – will travel

One of the aspects of life in Bhutan that seemed so appealing only became abundantly clear as I transited back to China through Kathmandu. Only a few hundred kilometers away and a similar geographic region, but what a hairy place! So much commercialism, hustle and packed with tourists stocking up on Chinese knock-off trekking gear. Bhutan was peacefully quiet, even in the areas that attracted the tourists. The dogs lying all over the roads, intent on lazing away the day so they can bark all night, the conspicuous absence of Starbucks and McDonalds, the lack of a single traffic light in the entire country … amazingly peaceful. Chimi Lhakhang 1 Chimi Lhakhang 2 PunakaPunaka Dzong  Road Punaka to Thimpu Punaka to Thimpu road Transport truck Thimpu festival - Jester and me Archery Thumpu festival musicians Tigers Next Monastary Prayer flags Tigers Nest

Three Sweet Girls

Who would have thunk I’d find a d-community by moving to China? Thank you Elizabeth from T1International for connecting me with Mary, the China representative of the International Diabetes Foundation Young Leaders Association … or something like that. Mary was in Guangzhou for some meetings so we met up for dinner, and I brought along a friend and colleague from work, who also is an insulin junkie. Mary hooked me up to the Chinese DOC, through WeChat, and it has been, er, interesting, mostly due to some wacky machine based translations of the chat dialogues. See below. But what comes through loud and clear, is that PWD need and want community, no matter where they live.


(Sweet) blood sisters – Eva, Mary and Meagan

I’ll confess I was a bit giddy to be meeting up, and I did my very best to be nonchalant, and not to be a diabetes geek in my questions to Mary. I was most fascinated to learn from Mary about her experiences and understanding of how Type 1 diabetes is viewed and treated in China. Big differences between urban and rural areas and also, lots of mistaking Type 1 for Type 2, since there are not many Type 1’s around. (We are a select, unique group, if I do say so myself.) She told me that hospital guidelines for diagnosing and treating people with Type 1 diabetes were only written and distributed through the country a couple of years ago. That really floored me, because my experience of China is that biomedical research is roaring here. (Although, thinking back on my experience of rabies shots after being chomped by a cat while I tried to transport it for a friend from Canada to China painted a different picture. But I digress. Another post for another day.)

Tomorrow I’m headed out to a get together with other PWD in Guangzhou with my work-mate as a result of meeting Mary last week. I think we might be playing some sort of team sport, that seems to be a variation on boci. Hopefully my lack of Chinese language skills won’t put my team at a serious disadvantage. (Unless the game requires me to say “turn right”, “turn left”, “go straight”, “stop here” or “how much does this cost?) Here’s to cross-cultural d-adventures!

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My Favorite Things – #DBlogWeek – May 18, 2014

Thanks to Karen Graffeo of for organizing the DOC to blog en mass.
Prompt: As we wrap up another Diabetes Blog Week, let’s share a few of our favorite things from the week. This can be anything from a #DBlogWeek post you loved, a fantastic new-to-you blog you found, a picture someone included in a post that spoke to you, or comment left on your blog that made you smile. Anything you liked is worth sharing!

Find a place where nobody will look at you funny and call on your inner Julie Andrews to sing out loud. (With apologies Oscar Hammerstein.)

Mantras for sharing and hacks to be tried
Stories of struggle get #dlove far and wide
Inbox and WordPress bring musical dings
These are a few of my favorite things

Humour that runs through the posts and the blogging
Helping us all to keep balance while slogging
A sense of togetherness this #DBlogWeek brings
These are a few of my favorite things

Connections are made that I never will sever
@KarenBittrSweet please host this forever
Laughter and empathy, truths loudly it rings
These are a few of my favorite things

When my pump jams
When I go low
When I’m feeling sad
I simply reach out to the D-community
And then I don’t feel so bad


Saturday Snapshots – #DBlogWeek – May 17, 2014

Thanks to Karen Graffeo of for organizing the DOC to blog en mass.

Prompt: Back for another year, let’s show everyone what life with diabetes looks like!  With a nod to the Diabetes 365 project, let’s grab our cameras again and share some more d-related pictures.  Post as many or as few as you’d like.  Feel free to blog your thoughts on or explanations of your pictures, or leave out the written words and let the pictures speak for themselves.

I’m a firm believer that I can and will do anything I want and diabetes will just have to come along for the adventures. Please don’t get the false impression that I’m at all athletic. (I can fake it half-decently.) Living in Japan and China over the past 12 years on my own has provided some of the best adventures both in my work and my travels. And I just have to make decisions so that diabetes doesn’t hold me back.

End of the Angkor Wat half marathon ... all gadgets still attached.

End of the Angkor Wat half marathon … all gadgets still attached.

Priming at 4700 m. Tibetian adventures.

Priming at 4700 m. Tibetan adventures.

Post SCUBA blood sugar ... sweet (not)!

Post SCUBA blood sugar … sweet (not)!

Diabetes Life Hacks – #DBlogWeek – May 16, 2014

Thanks to Karen Graffeo of for organizing the DOC to blog en mass.

Yesterday’s (was a freaky Friday) prompt: Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes.  Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s backlight when not on the home-screen (scroll to the bottom of this post). Please remember to give non-medical advice only!

So many good d-hacks out there on so many spectacular blogs. I’m going to be reading for a while. But before I get too much past the end of the post date, I’ll throw a couple of my own in.

  • When moisture gets into a Medtronic pump and you get the blasted “Button Error” message, signalling the pump is kaput, try the “bag of rice” trick. I’ve resurrected my pump a couple of times by taking out the reservoir and battery and putting it in a bag of rice in a zip lock bag or Tupperware for a couple of days (or once a couple of weeks).
  • A “Button Error” was also eliminated once by parking my pump under the direct blast of an air conditioner for a couple of days – dry air dried it out.
  • The Enlite sensors come with a really good adhesive tape, which doesn’t come off when you sweat. My Medtronic infusion set sticky bit, is not so great at staying stuck when I exercise. So, I figured out the hole in the middle of the Enlite sensor tape is big enough to go over the insulin infusion site tape and connector knob. All stays stuck. And the sensors come with lots of extra adhesives.
  • Not really a hack, but I really think my Frio Insulin Cooling Bag is fantastic. I cart around a spare bottle of insulin “just in case”, I live in a hot place and I travel to even hotter places. Through the wonders of evaporation, the Frio keeps my ‘slin cool(ish). At least it doesn’t bake and it doesn’t require me to find a fridge or freezer. (Just remember you can’t put it in a “water proof” bag or container, as the water in it can’t evaporate, then. I feel a science lesson coming on.)

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