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 Two: Learning Together for Leading Together
Learning Together for Leading Together
Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within reach.
At 7:30 a.m. on a cold but bright and sunny winter day, Superintendent Homero McElroy met with his cabinet, the five associate superintendents. The chief administrators of the district’s five area subdistricts included three males and two females, each of whom had been awarded the PhD degree for their university studies. This meeting in a small private dining room of the local eatery was the regular twice-a-month gathering where the top-level district administrators shared information, reviewed events, ...