March 7, 2017
March 7, 2017
- Good morning.
- Professional Day on Friday with no school for our kids and no Town Hall this week.
- School Advisory Board meeting tonight at 7:00pm.
- Diocesan Principal’s meeting on Thursday all day.
• There is a variety of teacher-leadership roles.
- Here’s part II to the article entitled “A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership” by Joellen Killion, Cindy Harrison, Amy Colton, Chris Bryan, Ann Delehant, and Debbie Cooke in Learning Forward, November 2016. Here are the first five keys to effective teacher leadership:
These include mentoring and coaching peers; promoting and facilitating professional learning and collaboration; designing, implementing, and supporting school and district change efforts; contributing to research and policy; and serving as spokespersons for their schools, districts, and the profession.
• Teacher leadership often operates outside of official structures
. “For teachers, leadership is more about influence than power and authority,” say Killion et al. “More often, teacher leaders act without formal designation as leaders… [T]he most important form of leadership occurs when teachers recognize a need and step in to help address it.”
• District leaders’ beliefs really matter
(or in our case Diocesan leaders’ beliefs) Most important is accepting the potential of shared/distributed leadership, valuing the expertise of teacher leaders, engaging them in significant and authentic leadership responsibilities, and giving honest, learning-focused feedback.
• All teachers can lead
. This could take the form of helping to mentor and support novice members of the profession, adding to the body of craft knowledge, or collaborating with peers to influence professional practice. It’s helpful when schools and districts provide roles for teacher leaders to contribute.
• Support for teacher leaders is key
. This can take the form of coaching and mentoring from administrators and more-experienced peers, networking opportunities, and regular feedback from a knowledgeable colleague.
- Grade level meeting tomorrow if needed and enjoy our blessed children today. God Bless you!