When school systems learn, professional practice improves and student achievement increases

Picture this: Teachers sharing insights and challenges. Principals leading with trust. Central office leaders inspiring and supporting principals. A synergistic learning system that results in all students succeeding. This practitioner's guide to creating a system-wide learning organization focuses on professional learning as the stimulus to improving student achievement. Experienced superintendents Paul Ash and John D'Auria provide a blueprint to: - Improve schools through system-wide professional learning; - Increase student achievement by instilling a deep-rooted culture of curiosity; - Bolster faculty and staff morale with trust-building initiatives; - Align professional development with student-centered district standards

The Importance of Trust

The importance of trust

A superintendent was involved in a negotiation session with the teachers’ union to establish a new supervision and evaluation process. The superintendent wanted the new process to be less bureaucratic and more focused on capacity building. He wanted to replace the traditional clinical-observation model of teacher evaluation with a new process in which the supervisor would engage in an in-depth discussion with each teacher about areas where that teacher would like to improve. This new, collaborative conference would focus on problem-solving. When the superintendent proposed this new model to the negotiating team, one of the teachers on the team candidly asked, “Why in the world would I want to discuss with my principal an area where I might ...

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