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Leading the Learning The Role of the Instructional Leadership Team ESC, West Instructional Directors July 30, 2014
Session Objectives Participants will: • Reflect on the benefits of shared leadership • Understand the purpose,responsibilities, and tasks of an Instructional Leadership Team • Use a self-assessment tool to plan action steps
Connections to Our Current Work • Aspen Implementation Guide: Indicator 1 -a leadership team that guides and monitors the improvement of instruction • 3 of Noguera’s 5 Ingredients: 1) a coherent instructional guidance system 3) development of the professional capacity of faculty 5) leadership that drives change
Read Article and Discuss“A Framework for Shared Leadership”byLinda Lambert Process: • Read the article independently (10 mins.) • Note your reflections using the Circle, Square, Triangleprotocol as you read • Turn and Talk to share your responses(3 mins.) • Table Talk to share your reflections on shared leadership at your school (4 mins.)
The Team’s Purpose According to the Aspen Guide: • Formation of this team is the critical first step toward successful implementation of the CCSS • Exists to lead improvement efforts • Guide the school community in learning the Common Core Standards in order to eventually fully implement
The Team’s Responsibilities • Keep a steady focus on student achievement for all. • Know how students learn. • Know the grade level progressions deeply and understand the key shifts in teaching they require • Guide the school in identifying an instructional focus rooted in Common Core • The ILT (with input from colleagues) makes decisions about the school’s instructional program
The Team’s Tasks • Plan the school’s journey towards Common Core implementation • Meet regularly and frequently (at least twice a month) to plan professional development and other structures for collaboration • Guide the staff in data analysis including analysis of student work and periodic assessments results
IS OUR SCHOOL ON THE RIGHT TRACK? Teams will use the self-assessment to : Take an honest look at where the school is in implementation Use responses to guide actions Be reminded of a core set of practices and processes that are critical to improving outcomes for students. Support the work over multiple years
IS OUR SCHOOL ON THE RIGHT TRACK? The tool is NOT: • For accountability or evaluation • A compliance exercise • Separate from your school’s ongoing improvement efforts
LET’S TRY IT OUT….Self-Assessment for Indicator 1 • With your school teammates, read and respond to the first 6 questions of the assessment (Indicator 1) • If you are here alone, partner with another lone principal • Use the Gap Analysis Handout to begin to plan action steps
Session Objectives Participants: • Read an article and reflected on the benefits of shared leadership • Understand the purpose and responsibilities and tasksof an Instructional Leadership Team • Used the first 6 questions of the Aspen self-assessment tool to plan action steps