Put another way, “The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers” (Barber and Mourshed quoted in DuFour & Marzano’s Leaders of Learning, 2011, p. 16). One way to improve teacher quality is to increase educators’ capacity to keep growing based on student learning evidence. Models such as Professional Learning Communities or Data Wise support collective inquiry around student learning, but we often stop with how teachers are using these models. Do you use collective inquiry to inform your learning and the learning of your leadership team?
What student and teacher learning evidence drives your instructional leadership team’s learning?
Does your instructional leadership team regularly ask, “Who on our team is getting the best results? How can we learn from each other? What can we learn as a team to address this need?”
How might you use leadership team meetings to provide professional learning, modeling, and practice for your instructional leaders and coaches?
When you consider your job as the main people-improver on campus, is there support you need to help others grow? If you are not sure where to start, consider having your team work on its own effectiveness. Check out the Leading: High Functioning Teams Workshop.