Build a positive school climate to impact students, teachers, and the community! Is improving school climate on your to-do list? Do you think about it as a top-down directive or as a dialogue to build equity within the school? A healthy school environment should never be seen as an option, but instead supported as a must-have. Peter DeWitt offers leaders practical high impact strategies to improve school climate, deepen involvement in student learning, and engage a broader family network. In addition to international vignettes focused on community stakeholders and research-based practices, this book features tools such as: • A leadership growth cycle to help leaders build their self-efficacy • A teacher observation cycle centered on building collective efficacy • An early warning system to identify potential at-risk students • Action steps following each chapter to apply to your own setting • Discussion questions for use in team environments Establishing a supportive and inclusive school climate where professionals can take risks to improve the lives of students is vital to maximize learning in any school community. ? “This is a fabulous book by a renowned expert in the field of leadership. Peter DeWitt explains the complex and credible in a way that is thought-provoking, challenging and inspiring. I love how he gives insights in what successful collaborative leadership is and shows how we can all build our skills and mindset for leading towards collective efficacy.” —James Nottingham, Challenging Learning author and creator of #TheLearningPit JN Partnership LTD, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Chapter 4: Increasing Teacher Self-Efficacy
Increasing Teacher Self-Efficacy
For positive changes to occur in schools, everyone and anyone who is truly committed to making a difference must listen to students and teachers.
If we want schools to improve and become places that engage more students in the relevant learning they need, then we need to look at the quality of teaching within schools. This means we have to focus on issues such as the self-efficacy of teachers and the individual classroom climates that students walk into every day. This is not to set up a one-sided conversation that schools are failing and teachers are sub-par, because it’s not. The reality is that there are countless great teachers who engage students every day, despite the ...