Leading Through Change

Lead the improvement of teaching, learning, and overall school climate to enhance student achievement and success

About Leading Through Change

Topics:

  • Wellness and Your Team's Emotional Needs
  • Family Engagement
  • Leading for Equity
  • Data, Assessment, and Feedback
  • Strategic Planning for Impact
  • Adopting Tech Tools

Overview:

The role of a school leader, whether a principal, an assistant principal, an instructional coach, or another administrator, is an inherently demanding position. School leaders are ultimately responsible for the academic success of their students, the cultural climate of their schools, the professional development and retention of their teachers, and the innumerable operational decisions that must be made daily. 

As school leaders are increasingly being held accountable for a diverse set of school-wide results, the impact of their leadership on student learning has become even more important: in fact, research shows that "leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school" (Leithwood 2004). As research continues to show the impact of a strong school leader on student achievement, school climate, and teacher retention, the need for principals to have access to ongoing, high-quality professional development becomes more urgent. Historically, however, professional development for school leaders has been limited to workshops and trainings focused on administrative, operational, and compliance issues. School leaders rarely receive the type of personalized, ongoing, job-embedded leadership coaching that is most effective.

What We Believe:

We believe that a skilled student-centered leader can ensure that all elements of the school--the content taught, the approach to assessment, the professional development provided to teachers, collaboration with families and the community, the resource allocation, and much more--are designed cohesively to support students in achieving their goals.

We believe that, as more schools shift to a student-centered model, school leaders must clearly define their roles and responsibilities, create and implement a vision and strategic plan that ensures progress towards student-facing goals, and engage the entire school community (students, faculty, staff, families, and the communities) as a partner to enhance student achievement and success.

We believe that in order to achieve ambitious student-centered goals, school leaders must be well-prepared to lead cultural change and improve instruction, not just manage buildings and budgets.

We believe that leaders working to dramatically improve their schools need expert guidance and encouragement to successfully navigate the on-the-ground challenges of change management. Leadership coaching can provide that guidance by providing leaders with personalized support to improve the teaching, learning, and overall climate in their school. Whether leading a full-school turnaround, implementing a new initiative such as a transition to blended or personalized learning, or simply striving to improve an element of student learning or school culture, personalized coaching ensures that school leaders striving to improve their school actually achieve the results they desire.

Featured Strategies

Do more by collaboratively sharing the guidance and direction of a school
Do more by collaboratively sharing the guidance and direction of a school
Facilitate the instructional community in identifying the most pressing goals and defining their role within the school's structure
Facilitate the instructional community in identifying the most pressing goals and defining their role within the school's structure
Setting the course to succeed in a specific learning goal in your school means knowing the direction
Setting the course to succeed in a specific learning goal in your school means knowing the direction

Growth Areas

BetterLesson growth areas are targeted goals for growth in a learning domain through BetterLesson Coaching. Learn more about BetterLesson Coaching.
I can support the wellness and emotional needs of my team by implementing mindfulness and other social emotional learning practices.
I can engage families in student's learning experiences by creating strong caretaker connections and including family perspectives.
I can use equity as a lens for my leadership to ensure access and voice for staff and students.
I can use data, assessment, and feedback from stakeholders to drive progress in student learning.
I can strategically plan for impact by developing, reviewing, and refining my plan in an ongoing way.

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