Tuesday, April 10, 2018

For Ed Week's Classroom Q&A, We Urge Principals to Promote Teacher Leadership and Purposeful Collaboration

In responding to Education Week as a part of the popular Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo, Donna and I described the school principal's role in emphasizing teacher leadership and purposeful collaboration among teachers.

The question for this blog post was: "What are the biggest challenges faced by principals, and what are the best ways to respond to them?"

We point out in our response how quality of teaching has a significant impact on students' ability to achieve their full learning potential. Principals play an important role in elevating the level of teaching by understanding and emphasizing  teacher leadership and purposeful collaboration among teachers to support effective teaching.

By encouraging and facilitating collaboration, principals are more likely to enjoy positive and productivity working relationships with their teachers and to boost student achievement at their schools.

In our response, we describe key strategies for principals to use, including putting an emphasis on purposeful collaboration that has a focus on the development of effective lessons across the school curriculum and supporting teachers to develop goals to increasing lesson effectiveness and developng a concrete action plan to make success happen.

To learn more about teacher leadership and purposeful collaboration, we invite you to read the entire post at the Education Week blog.

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