As Linda Lambert, educational leadership expert, famously noted, “The days of the principal as the lone instructional leader are over. We no longer believe that one administrator can serve as the instructional leader for an entire school without the substantial participation of other educators.” Effective principals have come to understand that developing the leadership capacity of the school community is an important aspect of sustaining a results-focused school culture.
Instructional Leadership Teams increase school leaders’ and instructional leadership team (ILT) members’ abilities to improve teaching and learning in a results-focused learning environment. Instructional Leadership Teams professional development provides a viable, customized plan to develop and maintain ILTs at a school. All participants will have access to an ILT toolbox that includes online resources for sustaining the work of the ILT.
Identifying high-quality instruction along with the professional learning necessary to support teachers’ learning.
Observing and analyzing classroom instruction, and providing growth-based feedback to teachers.
Scripting a lesson with descriptive detail.
Analyzing lessons using nonjudgmental language and with evidence grounded to an instructional framework.
Collaborating with colleagues to discuss the professional development needs of individual and groups of teachers.
Planning professional development and school improvement based upon observation and analysis of teaching and learning.
Building schoolwide consensus and moving forward with teaching improvement efforts.
Implementing team routines and structures that lead to successful school leadership teams.
Face-to-face professional development sessions.
On-site support and coaching of school leaders and their instructional leadership teams.
Walkthroughs/classroom observations — using a research-based instructional framework — that develop a shared vision of effective instruction and explore strategies for improving instruction throughout the school.
Modeling of effective practices.
Telephone and virtual support for school leaders and their instructional leadership teams.