“How can we assess our students and make sure that learning is happening? How can we make that more visible to us, and move away from knowledge and towards understanding?”
-Jodi DeGroot, assistant principal, Bellarmine Prep High School, Tacoma, Washington
"We’ve got some big decisions coming, and we’ve tried to get everybody on the same page and in a manner where they feel respected and valued."
-Sean McKenna, principal, Vale Elementary School, Cashmere, Washington
Teachers, students and their families will face new challenges when they return to school this fall — from addressing unfinished learning after school closures to adapting to hybrid learning environments (distance and in-person).
We've created a series of free and low-cost online resources to support instructional coaches, school leaders and central office leaders who are hard at work navigating this leadership challenge.
IMPROVING TEACHER VIRTUAL COLLABORATION
A THREE-PART WORKSHOP FOR SCHOOL LEADERS, INSTRUCTIONAL COACHES AND TEACHER LEADERS
How can leaders help teacher teams collaborate better — while working at a distance from each other and relying on technology?
With so much new learning happening so rapidly, empowering teacher teams and supporting their effectiveness is a critical ingredient for improvement.
Join us to clarify your vision and purpose for teacher collaboration, determine opportunities for getting better at virtual collaboration, and develop leadership processes for successful collaboration that supports your team online or in-person. We'll meet on Zoom.
August 11, 13 & 18, 10–11:30 AM PST
The practices and tools in this workshop will help you get better and get ready right now — and improve collaboration even after you're working side-by-side again.
MEASURES OF INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP EXPERTISE (MILE) ™
A RESOURCE FOR UNCOVERING KEY PROFESSIONAL GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES
As you continue working hard to prepare amid uncertainty for the coming school year, are you taking time to focus on your own professional learning?
The Measures of Instructional Leadership Expertise (MILE) is a great way for groups of 10 or more to gather concrete data about your strengths and areas for growth, so you can focus on the things that matter most for your development as an instructional leader.
DOWNLOADABLE GUIDING QUESTIONS
While how to safely reopen schools this fall — and support the learning of students who are farthest from justice — may not be clear, we do know that team collaboration is critical right now. So we've put together a set of guiding questions to accompany the blog post, "The Surprising Possibilities of Virtual Collaboration."
Does your team need guidance with setting priorities? We've created guiding questions based on the blog post, "What matters most to students and teachers for learning right now" to help your team reflect and move toward a shared vision.
How can you ensure that your next steps are building towards an equitable school experience for all students — even as you're faced with acute and immediate needs created by the school closures? Executive director Max Silverman shares key questions to ask in this printable sheet.
What can instructional coaches do to increase teacher efficacy and student engagement, when teachers are still learning the technology they're using to teach? Casey Harkleroad, an instructional coach with the Kent School District, spoke to CEL about the actions she took that made the greatest difference (11 minutes.)
What can principals do to foster learning environments that empower students? Drawing examples from the transformational leadership improvements at the rural Blaine School District, Joanna Michelson, director of teacher leadership and learning, invites the audience to recall their own experiences as students — and to consider how much adult learning impacts student learning (6 minutes.)
How can central office and school leaders continue the work of giving strengths-based and actionable feedback without lessons taking place in the classroom? At Newhall School District in Santa Clarita, California, they accomplished this feat virtually (5 minutes.)