Our work with school and district leaders has resulted in substantial improvement in instruction and student achievement. We engage principals and administrators in conversations that rejuvenate, inspire and result in real changes in scheduling, focus, and strategies. Our aim is sustainable improvement across the entire school or district—not just a couple of lighthouse classrooms or buildings. We keep the end in mind and employ long and short-term planning, and develop instructional leadership at several levels of the system encouraging coach/principal and principal/district partnerships.
We provide effective, coherent, professional learning opportunities, to school leaders,coaches and teachers to improve instruction and learning system-wide. We view education through the lens of the principal, and focus oncapacity building. Our strategic use of Master Coaches cultivates the capacity of teachers to become leaders. We create collaboration site classrooms and schools that become beehives of innovation and expertise. We show you how to leverage these newly developed resources to enhance the work of teachers across the system.
We show principals how to cultivate and draw upon the individual and collective expertise of teachers to meet the various challenges students face. We assist District level leaders to cultivate and draw upon the individual and collective expertise of principals to ensure that coaches and teachers are growing professionally. Our work with administrators makes it possible for them to shift their emphasis from evaluation of teaching to growth in learning for both students and adults. Ironically, this shift to a learning focus produces the results that often elude evaluative approaches. Together we work to develop effective instruction in every classroom for each and every student.
Let us work with you in achieving these results:
Long-term and systemic planning for ongoing, effective, individualized and coherent professional learning at every level—classroom, school, district.
Schedules and strategic allocation of resources for empowering professional learning focused on going beyond meeting student needs to bringing out the genius in every child.
Investment in people at all levels that promotes leadership, collaboration and creative solutions.
Strategic selection and support of teachers likely to advance a coaching culture and improve practice across the school or district.
Purposeful deployment of coaches to harness the potential of coaching to improve student achievement and professional “know how.”
Coordination between mathematics, literacy and other instructional support and content area initiatives to end fragmentation and territoriality and foster coherence.
Shared understanding of instructional excellence with robust student learning as the main criterion of success and high test scores as its byproduct.
Widespread use of informal assessment practices that provide useful, timely information to guide lesson designs that meet the needs of a wide range of students.
Mindful use of programs, materials and resources as tools, not panaceas.
The video clip above is an excerpt from the Leaders In Educational Thought. Lucy West.
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