It's hard to believe we're halfway through our first year of the Teacher Leadership Program! This program has been a new learning adventure for a lot of us involved both directly and indirectly with the program. We started administering a staff survey last August to help guide the teacher leadership program through feedback and data. We are showing growth in areas across the board when it comes to teacher involvement and here is some evidence to show that growth.
*Response Rate in September: 69.5% of staff
*Response Rate in January: 83% of staff
How likely are you to visit another teacher's classroom?
In September, 53% of the staff said they would absolutely (5) visit another teacher's classroom versus 65% in January - a growth of 12%.
How likely are you to invite another teacher leader into your classroom?
In September, we had 38% of staff said they absolutely would (5) invite a teacher leader into their classroom versus 52% in January - a growth of 14%.
Even more encouraging, we originally had 33% of our staff in the bottom half (1-3) on this survey in September. Now, we have only 18% in the bottom half.
Meeting Our Goals
One key goal last semester was to build relationships by meeting every teacher and getting acquainted with their classrooms and students. Although our buildings have the luxury of being closely connected, admittedly, there were many teachers we only knew by name and didn't know personally. Each connector spent three rotations getting to know all of our amazing staff. Our last rotation we also implemented feedback, and honestly, we didn't know if it would be received well. Our survey showed it was the most helpful interaction we've completed thus far (graph below) This is something we'll be offering this semester as a result of the data.
Increase Learning Walks:
Another goal was to increase learning walks in all buildings. Although we did have some people take advantage of them first quarter, second quarter we were able to get more people involved with 51 of our 60 respondents saying they've visited another teacher's classroom.
Getting Others Involved In Teacher Leadership
Another key goal for teacher leadership during first semester was to increase involvement through a variety of activities and adventures. The graph below shows the various adventures that staff took with a specialist or connector first semester with the highest results being learning walks, informal classroom visits, brainstorming sessions, gathering resources, and listening & support.
Driving our 3rd quarter goals are the two graphs below. The first graph (top) shows how many people have initiated collaboration with a connector whereas the second graph (bottom) shows collaboration with specialist. Although our specialists are getting involved in my ways (see our previous blog post), we want to open their doors even more!
One way we'll start getting our specialists more involved is through use of Mini PDs which several staff attended first semester (top). Last semester, three specialists lead mini PD sessions before school hours with a great attendance rate. In the future, we also hope to get others, including teacher leaders outside of the program, involved in hosting mini PDs! We'll be sharing these opportunities in the faculty announcements and on a Google Calendar available here.
As mentioned in a graph above, we also offered break-out sessions (different than mini PDs) during our regularly planned PD. These were not only well received by teachers, but many were able to implement things and spur collaborations from these types of activities.
The first time we offered break-out sessions, we had 5 specialists and 1 connector lead these sessions. Although our next session was canceled due to weather (which we'll make up in the future), we enlisted 3 specialists, 2 connectors, 1 administrator, 2 mentors, and 6 teachers outside of the program to lead sessions! Not only does this show a willingness to get involved, but it shows that our staff is excited to collaborate with one another and finds value in learning from their peers! We're excited to continue offering this type of PD in years to come!