This standard is a bit more difficult to nail down. There are so many informal things that happen. Placing them in the blog will require some thinking!
I am providing Instructional Leadership by:
- I have spent time building my own Personal Learning Network (PLN). This has mainly occurred through the use of Social Media which has helped with the learning of our entire staff. Through the use of Twitter and my own personal blogs (there have been a few iterations over the years), I have had many opportunities to share and learn from others all over the world. This has given me the opportunity to share learning with my staff, while also empowering others to build their own PLN’s.
- I am in the process of creating my own blog/portfolio site to understand the benefits and implications of this type of learning for our students and staff. Some staff have developed classroom blogs and are very effectively using them in their classrooms.
- Modeling Creative and Critical Thinking activities during monthly staff meetings.
- Continuously share information through email with links and important readings.
- Planning and implementing a monthly collaboration time into the school’s schedule. This has required reallocating resources, but models the importance placed on our collaboration for improving instruction.
- Leading discussions around pertinent educational topics like AISI and Literacy, Critical Thinking, Use of Technology, Online Learning, etc.
- I thoughtfully aim to set a tone in the school that supports continual professional learning.
- Through the use of Professional Growth Plans, I take steps to engage with individual teachers about their own growth. By having PGP discussions three times a year, I feel the value is increased.
- Our recent development of a new mission and vision engaged staff in a discussion about core values and goals for the school. I decided that the same discussion needed to happen around our AISI 5 project. We discussed our core values around Literacy and from there developed a vision statement.
- As Instructional Leader I make it a point to know the great instruction going on in my school. I visit classrooms frequently and observe and subsequently share the great things I see going on. Teachers are encouraged through Collaboration Time to discuss and develop best practices.