March 8, 2017
March 8, 2017
- Good morning.
- Professional Day on Friday with no school for our kids and no Town Hall this week.
- Diocesan Principal’s meeting tomorrow all day.
• Certain competencies are essential for teacher leaders
- Here’s part III 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 last five keys to effective teacher leadership:
. These include knowledge about the design, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning; interpersonal skills to build trusting relationships within the organization; engaging peers and administrators in collaborative learning; ensuring that student learning should be the focus of all decisions; and the belief that all students and teachers can grow and succeed. “As servant leaders,” say Killion et al., “teacher leaders understand that their belief in others’ capabilities and conveying that belief in words and actions will result in ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things.”
• Teacher leaders need courage and flexibility
. They must be open to criticism from others and “cross back and forth between the boundaries of the teaching arena and the leading arena,” say the authors. “For that reason, teacher leaders are called on to embrace ambiguity and to be flexible as their work unfolds and as they and their peers grow comfortable with their new responsibilities and identity as a leader.”
• Teacher leaders take responsibility for their own professional development and the development of others.
They operate from a growth mindset and “have as much vested in the growth of their colleagues as they do in their own growth,” say Killion et al.
• Teacher leaders foster collaborative cultures
. “They catalyze a sense of urgency and efficacy among adults and engender peer-to-peer accountability and collective responsibility for the success of every teacher and student,” say Killion et al. They foster a climate of peer support and continuous improvement.
• Teacher leaders are driven by evidence
. They continuously collect data on their impact on teaching and learning and the factors that make a difference in their schools and districts.
- Have a nice day and God Bless you!