Training for School Leaders
School change is an arduous and often lonely process, leaving the Principal or Chief Academic Officer to figure out how to build teacher capacity on their own, or with occasional help of a consultant or training. Our school leadership coaching is extremely flexible, ranging from workshops, to coaching through day-to-day leadership challenges, to full-scale school re-design planning and implementation.
Our coaching is designed to be a partnership with collaborative creation of clear structures that reflect the values and goals of your school. In many cases you will be presented with models that other similar schools have used, and supported through the process of building from one of these models, or developing your own.
Initiatives and structures are accompanied by plans for rollout to teachers (and students and families, where needed), for professional development, and for ongoing evaluation. Staffing, budgetary, facility, and community resource alignment is also included in the planning process.
All leadership coaching can be done remotely via video conferencing.
Example topics for leadership:
Designing teacher training and evaluation:
- Training teachers to become designers – how to create effective pre-service and in-service teacher training
- The implementation process – designing structures to efficiently and effectively help teachers follow through on new initiatives, evaluate their work, and hold them accountable
- Approaches to difficult conversations – with teachers, students, parents and other key stakeholders
- Models for teacher-evaluation that are efficient, useful, and aligned to the school’s strategic goals
- Structures that develop teacher leadership and a collaborative professional learning culture
- Developing data systems to drive and track school improvement work
- Implementing portfolio presentations and senior capstone projects to add rigor, personal investment, and metacognition for all students
- Transformative experiences for students: service learning, leadership projects, internships, group expeditions
- Implementing advisory to build school culture, student leadership, and social-emotional learning
- School-wide approaches to differentiating instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners
- Aligning resources – staffing plans, budgeting, facilities, and community resources
- Rigorous school design – understanding the benefits and structures of different school models, from prep-school style discipline, to individual student-designed projects and internships – analyze your school’s current model and set the course for the best model for your school’s mission, population, and setting; and develop structures that foster the teacher-leadership that will help you get there