Show Notes, Episode 49: The Instructional Leadership Team
About this show:
This episode is titled THE Instructional Leadership Team. Why “THE Instructional Leadership Team” ? Why not the instructional leadership team? The fun reason is because I’m an Ohio State grad, and The Ohio State University sounds way cooler than Ohio State. But the real reason is because “THE Instructional Leadership Team” is the fundamental building block of school improvement. Most schools have instructional leadership teams, but fewer schools have “THE Instructional Leadership Team.”
What’s the difference you ask? The answer is coming…
“In schools, the flywheel looks like this:
We do professional development with teachers.
We follow up on that professional development with targeted observations.
We take the data from those observations and evaluate them in order to give us feedback in what our next professional development steps should be.
When we do that over and over and over again, we create a flywheel that is focused on driving teacher development and continual teacher improvement”
“School leaders have 2 jobs: Keep everybody safe, help teachers get better”
“Teacher development is the primary path to school improvement and the foundation of teacher development is the instructional leadership team”
“Things that define THE ILT:
- Sacred meeting time
- Agenda focused on teacher development
- Role clarity of team members
- Mutual accountability”
“Instructional leadership isn’t an add-on, it isn't a luxury, it isn’t optional. If you can’t find a way to have a functioning ILT that is laser focused on teacher growth, then you are hamstringing your efforts to improve your school”
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