We evaluate data on an almost daily basis. The Knowledge Center at www.wallacefoundation.org contains more than 70 publications about school leadership. This, in turn, can fortify classroom instruction. Bradley S. Portin, Michael S. Knapp, Scott Dareff, Sue Feldman, Felice A. Russell, Catherine Samuelson and Theresa Ling Yeh, Leadership for Learning Improvement in Urban Schools, University of Washington, 2009, 55. They include * developing a stronger awareness of each teacher's strengths and areas for growth through daily classroom visits, planned and informal discussions. She has felt their efforts directly as a teacher, first in Pasco County, Fla., and now in Hillsborough County, which encompasses Tampa. In other words, how do we create a pipeline of leaders who can make a real difference for the better, especially in troubled schools? Moreover, they shift the pattern of the annual evaluation cycle to one of ongoing and informal interactions with teachers. The teachers determined that students were reluctant to take a strong stand on an issue - a requirement for making a credible argument - so the changes they instituted included providing more examples of strong persuasive essays in the lesson plans. And it is possible to become an ever more effective and successful teacher in a well-led school. In addition, Bonti has seen how a skillful principal can use data to bring teachers into efforts to improve schools. I'm a leader. "28, Effective principals work relentlessly to improve achievement by focusing on the quality of instruction. Leaders who are effective often have a distributed leadership approach. LDH: More and more teachers are willing and eager to collaborate with one another. We are not perfect. administrative leadership and support is one of the most critical elements because everything the teacher does is framed by the way the leadership operates. A broad and longstanding consensus in leadership theory holds that leaders in all walks of life and all kinds of organizations, public and private, need to depend on others to accomplish the group's purpose and need to encourage the development of leadership across the organization.15 Schools are no different. ", This change comes in part as a response to twin realizations: Career success in a global economy depends on a strong education; for all segments of U.S. society to be able to compete fairly, the yawning gap in academic achievement between disadvantaged and advantaged students needs to narrow. As a beginning teacher, you've probably set the bar high when it comes to student expectations. Teachers included in the study were asked what they have expected and hoped from principals while they were teaching. "Third, collaborate, collaborate, collaborate. "36 To get the job done, effective leaders need to make good use of the resources at hand. 11. This study investigates the relationship between low teacher expectations and principal behavior. Or that their teachers are more likely than faculty members elsewhere to find the principals' motives and intentions are good?10, One former principal, in reflecting on his experiences, recalled a typical staff meeting years ago at an urban school where "morale never seemed to get out of the basement." Under photos of each teacher, staff members could view the color-coded trajectory of students' achievement measured on three levels: grade level, below grade level and significantly below. "Having high expectations for all is one key to closing the achievement gap between advantaged and less advantaged students. Principals can also invite families and community partners to contribute to students’ learning experiences. Catherine H. Augustine, Gabriella Gonzalez, Gina Schuyler Ikemotoa, Jennifer Russell, Gail L.Zellman, Louay Constant, Jane Armstrong, and Jacob W. Dembosky, Improving School Leadership: The Promise of Cohesive Leadership Systems, RAND Corporation, 2009; and Linda Darling-Hammond, Michelle LaPointe, Debra Meyerson, Margaret Terry Orr, Carol Cohen, Preparing School Leaders for a Changing World: Lessons from Exemplary Leadership Development Programs - Final Report, Stanford University, 2007, 127-129, 139-140. Hensley brought in teams to diagnose each child's academic and emotional needs and develop individual "prescriptions" that might include anything from home visits to intensive tutoring to eyeglasses. Go into this with the idea that, 'I'm going to build a team. "He couldn't tell you what you were teaching or how you were teaching, but he could tell you what time you arrived at school every morning. He also introduced cutting-edge professional development, obtaining a grant to set up the ideal classroom in the building, full of technology and instructional resources. We always have that experience on which we can fall back. Be aggressive about finding the right support and training for yourself. One of the most striking findings of the universities of Minnesota and Toronto report is that effective leadership from all sources - principals, influential teachers, staff teams and others - is associated with better student performance on math and reading tests. "I asked people to be about leadership. How Leaders Invest Staffing Resources for Learning Improvement, Margaret L. Plecki, Michael S. Knapp, Tino Castaneda, Tom Halverson, Robin LaSota and Chad Lochmiller, University of Washington, 2009. To track progress across the school, Atkinson used a data board that lined one wall in the school's curriculum center. Creating a climate hospitable to educationSchool suspensions at Atkinson were among the highest in the state when Hensley took over. What it says to me is that we have a little bit of collaboration going around everywhere, but we have a lot of collaboration going on in very few places. You note in your 2010 book, The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future, that good principals are the number one reason why teachers stay in school. Effective leaders view data as a means not only to pinpoint problems but to understand their nature and causes. 9. expectations for students and teachers that will increase the academic performance and achievement of all students. Effective principals ensure that their schools allow both adults and children to put learning at the center of their daily activities. Principals want teachers who handle the bulk of their own discipline problems. And she has felt their work indirectly through a recent assignment that has sent her into about half the schools in Hillborough County, which, with almost 200,000 students, ranks among the country's 10 largest districts. We like to know when you think we are doing a decent job. Clearly, school leadership is not a zero-sum game. Bonti recalls being recruited to organize a Parents Night at the school where she taught most recently, Freedom High School. We spend the entire summer making improvements and transitioning to the next school year. Principals do not have a planning period. Chess club, a special program for truant students and ballroom dancing lessons culminating in a formal candlelit dinner that included students' parents were other tone-changers, along with school corridors with names like Teamwork Trail and street signs directing students 982 miles to Harvard or 2,352 miles to Stanford. "We knew the curriculum. Stanford University, 2007. Review of Research: How Leadership Influences Student Learning, Kenneth Leithwood, Karen Seashore Louis, Stephen E. Anderson and Kyla L. Wahlstrom, University of Minnesota and University of Toronto, 2004. "They [all] have to have someone who will give them dreams they may not have.". 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