The 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leadersrepresent the best thinking and latest research related to the impact of leadership on student achievement. The role of the school leader has shifted from a focus on management to a focus on student learning through strong and effective instructional leadership.

Making the standards more “actionable” is the goal of the Leadership Reflection & Growth Tool, which promotes self-reflection and meaningful dialogue by school and district leaders. The tool applies to building-based leaders, as well as central office. In utilizing this tool, key points to consider are:

  • This is not an evaluation tool. It is intended for personal and/or team reflection. The goal of the reflection is to target areas of potential growth in leadership practices for both individuals and leadership teams.
  • The terms used in the key (emerging, developing and sustaining) reflect growth in leadership practices. The terms are not evaluative.
  • Context is critical. For example a leader who has been in a school/district for a significant time may have been able to apply actions related to various standards at the sustaining level. That same leader may move to another district and find that due to conditions in the district, they are again operating at the emerging level. The context of your position, will also determine the priority of the standards you are focused on at any given time. You may determine your current position does not currently require the action delineated for a particular standard you identify as emerging.
  • School and district goals, as well as the identification of targeted areas for professional growth, will determine the focus of individual and/or leadership team professional development needs.

What Do the New Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) Mean for You, Your School, and Your District?Learn All About the PSEL and the Leadership Reflection and Growth Tool as an In-District Workshop

FEA trainers can go to your school or district for a half day workshop to show your entire team how to best utilize the PSEL Leadership Reflection and Growth Tool. As a team, you will have the opportunity to explore how this tool, developed for leaders by leaders, may help to support growth and the collective capacity of your leaders to directly impact school and district improvement.
Call Linda Walko at 609-860-1200 for more information.

Accessing the PSEL Leadership Reflection and Growth Tool

In order to access the tool, you must have an account with NJPSA and be logged into the website. Click here and learn how to access the PSEL Tool.


1. Login with your user name (email address) and password, or
2. Use the recover password function, if you can’t remember your password.


1. Click this link to create account.
2. Your user name will be your email address.
3. Create a password that meets the necessary criteria indicated.
Once you log in, you will see the PSEL Leadership Reflection and Growth Tool. Click the link, and then click the big blue button titled “Complete Self-Reflections”, which will take you to the dashboard for the tool.  To complete a self-reflection, click on the link for the standard you wish to complete in the left column.  Once you complete a self-reflection, you will be presented with a confirmation, and a copy of the results will be emailed to you as well.  Finally, you have the opportunity to download a PDF version of your results by clicking the Download PDF button at the bottom of the confirmation screen.  You can complete a self-reflection for any standard any number of times you wish.  The system will store each self-reflection, and you can view the results by standard by clicking the link for the standard in the middle column of the dashboard page.
When you click a link for the results of a standard to view, you can choose the self-reflection by selecting it from the drop-down list at the top of the page.  Once you do, the results will load, and it will look exactly like your confirmation.  You can also download a pdf version of the results as you were able to earlier.  Lastly, you can compare self-reflections across all standards by clicking the Compare Results button in the right column of the dashboard page.  This page shows the bar charts for the last submitted self-reflection for all standards completed, and you can download a pdf version of this page as well.  In addition to comparing results across all standards, you can compare results within a standard for all self-reflections complete for that standard by clicking the link for the standard in the right column of the dashboard page.  You can download a pdf version of these results as well.


The first PSEL Leadership Reflection and Growth Tool event was held at the FEA Conference Center on March 6, 2017.  Here is what some of the participants of that event had to say about the PSEL tool:

Easy to use, provides common language, not jargon, good for parent and community discussions.  Depth of what we do in schools is articulated clearly in this document.
Ken Schneider, Superintendent, Mercer Tech


 Can provide a powerful means for schools to stay student-focused while promoting professional growth of teachers and leaders.
 Kim Feltre, K-12 Science Supervisor, Hillsborough


Everyone interprets the standards differently.  The program breaks the standards down to an open reflection done at the individual and district level.
Barbara Bracco, Supervisor, Cliffside


Love the specific evidence statements!
 Jackie Truzzolino, Director of Curriculum. Little Egg Harbor


Excellent tool to start the conversation and move you along to the next steps of implementation and further reflection!
 Luginda Batten-Walker, Principal, Clifton


This will help me reflect on my experiences and chart a path for improvement, as well as providing a pathway for the leadership team PLC to maintain focus in our discussions.
Luis Ramire, Principal, North Brunswick


A well organized tool that is specific enough to guide the development of goals and flexible enough for differentiated implementation.
Andrew Scanlon, Supervisor, East Brunswick


I am hoping that time will be given to really think this vision through.  It has very good qualities for unpacking current district situations.  Districts must make collaboration on and development and analysis of growth plans a priority for this to be a realistic and useful tool.
 Diana Whalen, Principal, North Brunswick


Great tool to support and guide meaningful conversation
 Greg Jablonski, Teacher Leader,  Vernon Valley


I believe this is a powerful tool that will lead to personal and district reflection. It leads to great collaborative dialogue among leadership teams.
 Tonya Breland, Consultant


This can be an extremely effective tool in clarifying the roles, actions, and expectations of leaders, illuminating the pathways to strengthening leadership actions, facilitating vertical understanding of roles, and supports actions needed to effectuate student learning.
Barbara Gibbons, Coach