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Leadership Institute at Westward Look-Tucson

June 16, 2008

Below is my post on my page about the first session of the Leadership Institute.  

Here we go…..

I am at the wonderful Westword Look at a leadership conference.  Teacher leaders from around the state are here to discuss professional development and teacher leadership.  

Here is a question:  What is the purpose of professional development?

  • Increase student achievement
  • expand thinking
  • expand your practice
Assumptions about professional development and teacher leadership:
  • Improved teaching practice improves student achievement
  • professional development based on context specific data has the greatest chance of making an impact.
  • teacher leaders at the site and district levels can build professional learning communities to increase student achievement. 
The black box theory.
input/output.  Go to the workshop, your students achieve.
What is in your black box?   Write down 2 or 3 assumptions. 
Curriculum Development, professional development, and non-academic factors lead to student achievement.
Begin with assumptions before you plan your professional development.  Don’t just plan PD without thinking through the assumptions.
Make it a glass box…
Professional development   (all of these factors)
  • coaching
  • institutional resources
  • implementation
  • mentoring
  • student assessment
Equals-Student Achievement
So–Goal for this week:  
  • Teachers participate in collaborative learning experiences.
  • Teachers implement new learning in thier instruction
  • Then student performance will increase.
Then how do we evaluate our success?
We will find out this week…………
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One comment

  1. Nancy–I love the “visual” of the Black Box becoming the Glass Box! This would help with communication, understanding and transparency. Deb



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