Alejandro is in his second year as a principal in a high-needs school. He's been to many trainings that focus on continuous improvement, but even those that promise they can deliver a process have seemed too process heavy and unrealistic. Alejandro knows students' needs aren't being met and he feels this with great urgency. It's not that his teachers don't agree that change is needed. The problem is how do you actually make it happen rather than talk about it in endless committee and data meetings? He feels he knows how to solve parts of the puzzle, but he needs to come up with a realistic plan that is scaled into doable steps. And the process has to be collaborative. He can't do it all himself!
Does Alejandro's story sound similar to yours? If so, you might like to take some time to think about ways to make your leadership more forward thinking. Some of the strategies that are a part of BetterLesson's support in coaching effective, measurable school change using a focus on student-centered learning and a Try-Measure-Learn process are shared below. You can learn more about BetterLesson's approach to developing school leadership by clicking here.
- Design and implement more effective meetings by using the strategy Developing Norms: the "Secret Sauce" to Support Productive Group Work. This strategy sets up the approach to reining in those behaviors that wreck meetings.
- Share the load and leadership by exploring BetterLesson's Creating a Distributed Leadership Model: Meet Demands by Sharing the Load strategy.
- Create shared activities and responsibilities that include your willingness to make the journey alongside teachers. Explore BetterLesson's Modeling a Strategy strategy to use during a faculty meeting. By putting yourself "out there" and demonstrating a willingness to elicit feedback and take risks, you are also modeling the mindset needed for continuous improvement.
- Adopt the TML approach. Continuous improvement becomes doable when approached using BetterLesson's Try-Measure-Learn (TML): The Heart of Continuous Improvement strategy.
Share the observation work, create collegial sharing opportunities, and develop your instructional support team to include everyone in the conversation by implementing the Lesson Study, Critical Friends, and Learning Walks strategy. Expand the sharing within your instructional community by exploring BetterLesson's Leveraging Teaching Video strategy which helps to lower the stakes by including everyone in observation by using video.
We invite you to continue on your professional growth journey by trying out BetterLesson Coaching. Your BetterLesson Coach is a practitioner of Try-Measure-Learn and a guide to growing Instructional Leadership skills and knowledge whether you are a school or district leader or a teacher interested in growing your leadership profile.