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ASCD Express 9.01 - Three Common Approaches to Teacher Leadership

ASCD Express 9.01 - Three Common Approaches to Teacher Leadership | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it

Sometimes teachers want to take charge and lead an initiative and other times they want to play more of a support role. Ideally, teacher leadership structures create opportunities for both. Anderson (2004) describes three approaches to teacher leadership that have implications for high student achievement: the buffered approach, interactive approach, and contested approach. Taking a closer look at these three approaches reveals the shortcomings and benefits of each and how they affect the ultimate goal of improving student learning.

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Overcoming the obstacles to implementing video feedback for teachers

Overcoming the obstacles to implementing video feedback for teachers | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
The use of video is an excellent way to support teacher coaching and improvement. In John Hattie’s meta analysis of factors influencing effective teaching, micro teaching (video recording lessons) ...
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To get an initiative like micro teaching off the ground, it should not take that much effort or convincing of teachers but unfortunately it does. 

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Improving Schools from Within:Getting Unstuck

Improving Schools from Within:Getting Unstuck | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it

Top-down leadership can get things started, but to keep improvement moving forward, schools need to work from the inside out.

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In Melbourne, Australia, reformers used all three of these elements to improve math and reading achievement, as well as to foster student curiosity. First, they used instructional rounds to discern the best practices of effective teachers and then codify those practices into a new teaching framework. Next, they grouped teachers into peer-coaching triads that used six-week cycles to apply, study, and improve on the practices in their classrooms. The result? Student scores on the Australian national exam rose significantly across the 80,000-student region (Hopkins & Craig, 2011).

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Seth's Blog: The tragedy of small expectations (and the trap of false dreams)

Seth's Blog: The tragedy of small expectations (and the trap of false dreams) | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Ask a hundred students at Harvard Business School if they expect to be up for a good job when they graduate, and all of them will say "yes." Ask a bright ten-year old girl if she expects to have a...
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Great blog by Seth about expectations being a starting point

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3 Questions Crucial to Creating the Conditions for Change

3 Questions Crucial to Creating the Conditions for Change | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
we can only control the path and direction that we decide to go in, not that of others.  What is important is creating the conditions where people are not only willing, but even feel compelled to move forward in a safe environment where risks are not only tolerated, but encouraged.
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Frustration is an easy emotion when you either see opportunities for change in our work, but don’t see others moving to the point that you have envisioned.

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How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard

How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous.” Her fearless determination to lead -- and to love the students, no matter what -- is a model for leaders in all fields.
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Fascinating talk

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Who You Sit Next to Can Have a Huge Effect On How You Work

Who You Sit Next to Can Have a Huge Effect On How You Work | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Learning from each other through co-working
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We can learn so much from co-working. The best environments are where creatives can be working independently, but there is a neighborly atmosphere where people are interested in each other’s’ work. Everyone is striving to create the best work possible. 

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The Cycle Of Reflective Teaching

The Cycle Of Reflective Teaching | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
The Cycle Of Reflective Teaching
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The more reflective you are, the more effective you are.

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The 4 Types of Productivity Styles

The 4 Types of Productivity Styles | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to productivity.
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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to productivity. Instead, we need personalized approaches. This means employing work strategies that align with our own cognitive styles, and allocating efforts in a way that suits our strengths and preferences.

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5 Communication Tips For Educators

5 Communication Tips For Educators | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it

If education is viewed as a relationship with students, families, and the community, then good communication should be a priority. Communication skills are critically important in education. Teachers and administrators communicate with parents/guardians, community leaders, co-workers, and other stakeholders. 

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While it is important to focus on curriculum development, assessment, healthy school lunches, exercise, and student safety, some schools could benefit from focusing on how well educators are communicating. Educators could begin by asking, "Are we communicating?"

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10 Simple Ways To Engage In Lifelong Learning

10 Simple Ways To Engage In Lifelong Learning | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
10 Simple Ways To Engage In Lifelong Learning
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Don’t just keep saying ‘one day’. Make today that day. Whether you’re a teacher, student, professional or other – make learning a priority in your life. If you wait for it to find you, you will limit the amount of information you know plus your ability to attain this knowledge over the long-term.

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The Secret of Better Meetings: Fun

The Secret of Better Meetings: Fun | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Humor boosts the effectiveness of meetings, a study finds
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Managers can acknowledge that humor may be beneficial, particularly in situations where employees perceive high job security.  Managers thus might consider ways to make team members feel safe about their jobs.  Although managers shouldn't mislead employees about their job security, they could make an effort to highlight instances when job security is high.  Supervisors might also encourage teams to meet in their absence.  This bold step might elevate the level of humor in meetings, thereby fostering collegiality among team members and leading to better performance.  Besides, what manager would mind missing a meeting or two?

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The Power of "Entanglement": Implications For School Leaders

The Power of "Entanglement": Implications For School Leaders | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Recently I was listening to a January 29, 2015 episode of Invisibilia, a podcast about the invisible forces that affect us without us being aware. Specifically, the reporters narrating this episode...
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Regardless of the scientific link the importance of creating and sharing an empowering narrative for the entire school cannot be disregarded. Excellent article!

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The Top 10 Ways to be an Extraordinary Leader Today

The Top 10 Ways to be an Extraordinary Leader Today | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Work on internal environments. You can’t control the external world, but you can control the way you do things internally. Grab the bull by the horns, if you don’t like what you see when you look a...
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A fantastic summary of how to be an extraordinary leader - not just in your school!

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Improving Schools One Conversation at a Time

Improving Schools One Conversation at a Time | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it

High-quality classroom teaching is a national pursuit: we want to improve student learning, close achievement gaps, and increase graduation rates, and we share societal, political, and economic reasons for desiring these outcomes.

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There are four essential attributes to successful learning conversations. First, conduct learning conversations with a spirit of shared inquiry and mutual support for professional learning. This stands in contrast to the one-way transmission of information that is common in the conversations among educators, especially between supervisors and teachers. Second, ground learning conversations in data and evidence. Third, build learning conversations on the understanding that all individuals bring their own assumptions, experiences, and mental models to bear on those data. Reaching a shared understanding may not be straightforward or easy. And fourth, use learning conversations to lead those involved to construct new knowledge and insights.

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Lead better meetings with these 2 conversational paths

Lead better meetings with these 2 conversational paths | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Meetings at your company aren’t going away. If anything, that much-maligned beast is growing in prominence, thanks to the ease of gathering people via tech
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Meetings, when well-run, do have a valid place in organizational life. They can even be invigorating, if properly led. It takes a skilled meeting leader—one aware not only of how to organize a meeting, but also about the ebb and flow of human interaction—to create a successful gathering of the minds.

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5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team

5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Check out these tips for growing powerful leadership teams that can transform schools.
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Strong teams within a school are essential to retaining and sustaining teachers. If a team is effective, then people learn from each other. 

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Avoid a toxic school culture by being a Mythbuster

Avoid a toxic school culture by being a Mythbuster | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Toxic school cultures thrive on the rumour mill. Often we can find groups of teachers being negative about aspects of our respective schools that are not just untrue but plain and simply not right ...
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A few strategies are suggested above but the most important thing we can do is to debunk the myths; be a Mythbuster. Provide transparency as much as possible and call our colleagues on matters where they are wrong. This does not mean humiliating them in front of others, nor addressing the problem in an aggressive manner, but having the difficult conversation and getting facts straight in a respectful way with the evidence on the table.

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Improving Our Schools From the Inside Out

Improving Our Schools From the Inside Out | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
You can improve your school's climate and quality of education through bt sharing with colleagues, conveying positive sentiments, assuming leadership roles, and broadening student interests.
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Outlined below are seven specific actions that teachers can take within their schools to cultivate meaningful changes

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Getting employees to take accountability | SmartBlogs

Getting employees to take accountability | SmartBlogs | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Accountability became a management fad in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, in most organizations, accountability has become a hollow and empty slogan that e
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The intention behind the concept of accountability has always been to create an environment that allows people to be clear and honest about what they will deliver, rise above challenging circumstances to overcome obstacles, and substitute excuses with relentless action that achieves great results.

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ASCD EDge - 5 of the Biggest Mistakes I Made as a New Teacher PLUS Advice

ASCD EDge - 5 of the Biggest Mistakes I Made as a New Teacher PLUS Advice | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
ASCD EDge - ASCD EDge
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I’ve been talking to teachers lately about creating an environment in their classrooms where students are free to make mistakes and supported in learning from their mistakes.  I argue that learning from mistakes can be a powerful way of helping students learn. But the value in learning mistakes isn’t just limited to our students.

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Seven Ways Principals Can Support Instructional Coaches

Seven Ways Principals Can Support Instructional Coaches | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
7 Ways Principals Can Support Instructional Coaches I @ScholasticAdms
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Coaching is powerful because instructional coaches work shoulder to shoulder with teachers, helping them achieve their goals in the classroom. Coaching moves schools away from cultures of talking to cultures of doing. When principals support coaches using the seven factors described here, they greatly increase the impact coaches have on how teachers teach and students learn.

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Seth's Blog: The do over

Seth's Blog: The do over | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Our culture places a huge premium on choosing the right answer, as if we're all on some sort of game show. Much less credit is given to people brave enough to realize that they've made a mistake who go ahead...
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The more we can generate the courage to acknowledge our mistakes the faster we move forward

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Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone • George Ambler

Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone • George Ambler | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Successful leaders know that they must get out of their comfort zone to succeed. These leaders have spent a lot of time outside their comfort zone.
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In this sense, leaders are self-made and not born, they are developed, not promoted. Leadership is a learned skill that is developed as you step out of your comfort zone.

 
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Bridges & Hedgehogs: Keys to Effective Teacher-Leader Roles

Bridges & Hedgehogs: Keys to Effective Teacher-Leader Roles | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
What's the most effective teacher leadership role? Use the hedgehog test to determine how to have the most impact.
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In our latest paper, "Building bridges: Connecting the gap between teacher leadership and student success," we focus on ways to ensure that teacher leader roles succeed. We've worked with over 900 teacher leaders from across the country and collected lessons learned from them and their principals through a series of focus groups and surveys. Our new paper represents our attempt to learn from their success and challenges so that principals and policymakers can help teacher leaders build bridges over common obstacles.

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The secret ingredient that makes some teams better than others

The secret ingredient that makes some teams better than others | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Culture defines any business, yet it's also one of the hardest things to manage. In this extract from her TED Book, Margaret Heffernan describes the important, often-overlooked element necessary to...
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This is such a critical discussion for schools given how they are relational organisations. The importance of building social capital and trust to accomplish the organisational and personal goals.

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