Standard 2 - Instructional Leadership
School executives will set high standards for the professional practice of 21st century instruction and assessment that result in a no nonsense accountable environment. The school executive must be knowledgeable of best instructional and school practices and must use this knowledge to cause the creation of collaborative structures within the school for the design of highly engaging schoolwork for students, the on-going peer review of this work and the sharing of this work throughout the professional community.
Element IIa. Focus on Learning and Teaching, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment: The school executive leads the discussion about standards for curriculum, instruction and assessment based on research and best practices in order to establish and achieve high expectations for students.
Warsaw Elementary's Leadership Team needed a consolidated format for teachers to share their data. I designed Comprehensive Data Sheet templates for every teacher in our school. These data sheets include EVAAS data and proficiency predictors, benchmark data, and common assessment data for every student in every class. Teachers had the freedom to design their template individually - data is updated every three weeks after each common assessment is given. Our student support team and MTSS team uses these data sheets below that I designed in meetings to discuss interventions and enrichments.
We have several lateral entry teachers in our county whose provisional licenses expire in June 2018. Many of them have passed their Reading test, but have struggled to pass their math test. I was asked by the county's Beginning Teacher Program Director to lead county-wide math tutorial sessions for any teacher in need of support. The tutoring would be free to teachers - sessions were held every Monday after school from 3:30 - 6:00 pm in February and March. Many teachers take their math subject test in late April and May, and I am excited to see how well they perform! This opportunity has reinforced to me that, as an administrator, I can serve my teachers in various capacities. I have not only helped our teachers learn the math content, but have also modeled for them numerous instructional techniques they can use in their classrooms for their students. It has been wonderful to use my love for math to help teachers continue to stay in their classrooms.
Element IIb. Focus on Instructional Time: The school executive creates processes and schedules which protect teachers from disruption of instructional or preparation time.
Our Leadership Team took the opportunity during out first round post observation conferences to discuss each teacher's PDP and set goals for them based on their EVAAS data. I created this spreadsheet to schedule these conversations with each and every staff member. I had incredibly rich and transparent conversations with teachers that built trust and motivation.
Warsaw Elementary School has bi-weekly staff meetings in which we provide in-house professional development. I had the opportunity to lead this particular staff meeting which focused on last year's data - broken down by grade level and content - as well as our school-wide proficiency goals for this year. I broke down how we received our NC state school letter grade as well as discussed how we can remove our "low-performing" status if we meet our proficiency goals. The presentation to the left are the slides I used to lead this presentation.