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The PRIME Leadership Framework: Principles and Indicators for Mathematics Education Leaders


The PRIME Leadership Framework describes four principles, each with three specific indicators that together represent the state of conditions that needs to exist in our schools if every student is to experience improved achievement in mathematics. The trending toward these conditions is dependent upon the expert knowledge development of the mathematics education leader. As Richard Elmore (2007) explains in Let's Act Like Professionals, this knowledge will be partly technical (instructional expertise and the accompanying knowledge of practice that promotes adult learning), partly managerial (knowledge about organizational design and resource allocations), and partly sociopolitical (knowledge about how to make the institutional connections necessary to sustain an improvement strategy over time). Thus, the PRIME Leadership Framework calls on mathematics education leaders to advance our technical, managerial, and sociopolitical knowledge as well as the knowledge of those we lead.