Make your school a place where professional learning thrives Learning Forward is a leader in understanding and advancing professional learning that leads to student success. This series explores Learning Forward’s seven Standards for Professional Learning, which outline the characteristics of effective professional learning that, collectively, advance teaching and learning. This volume focuses on the pathways through which leaders can orchestrate a learning environment that empowers teachers to take charge of their own development. Features include: • An original essay by Karen Seashore Louis on creating a school culture in which all adults see themselves as part of the larger enterprise of continuous learning • Strategies, tools, and specific examples focused on the leader’s role in everyday practice • A case study of how public school leaders in Lexington, Massachusetts, improved outcomes for the district’s students by building trust, developing collaborative capacity, and fostering leadership at all levels of the system When you make professional development an everyday part of the life of your school, you create an environment that encourages innovation, inspires collaboration, and makes continuous learning a priority–which benefits teachers and students.
Chapter One: Leadership for Professional Learning Creating the Learning Organization
Leadership for Professional Learning Creating the Learning Organization
Leadership: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires skillful leaders who develop capacity, advocate, and create support systems for professional learning. (Learning Forward, 2011)
Neither educators nor policy makers question the role of leadership in creating more effective schools. Even as we acknowledge that classroom teachers are the most important adults in a student’s life, we know that the teacher leaders, principals, and district staff members who stand behind them either enhance or diminish their ability to develop. The consequence of good leadership is the classroom magic that engages young people in their initial steps toward becoming successful, ...