Year two of teacher leadership is underway! Last year we focused our first days with teachers explaining what the teacher leadership program would be: relationship building and working with teacher leaders in various ways. This year, our focus will be on our WHY!
According to researcher Simon Sinek, most organizations frequently discuss what will be done and how it will be done, but rarely, if ever, do they talk about WHY they do something. This is what sets successful employees, students, companies, CEOs (you name it…) apart from others.
For teacher leadership, our WHY revolves around student achievement: academic, social, emotional, and an overall passion for learning. We plan to impact student achievement at Jesup CSD through collaboration, modeling, co-planning, and co-teaching. This year, we’re striving for deeper reflections, data-driven instructional planning and implementation, and a continued collaborative environment.
This year connector teachers will be completing a coaching cycle with each teacher throughout the 2017-2018 school year. This goal was initially put forth in 3rd quarter of last year and will be completed this year.
Specialist teachers will facilitate focus groups in the areas such as: classroom management/culture, assessment, technology, & differentiation. These groups will provide another resource for teachers to expand their professional learning. Mentor teachers will use an updated, flexible calendar to provide support for mentees.
We’re looking forward to supporting everyone’s WHY this year to maximize the impact on student achievement! Do you know your why?
Overarching Goals for 2017-2018 to Kick-Off the Year: