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1 + Hybrid Roles in Your School If not now, then when?

2 + Data Coach Teacher leaders can lead conversations that engage their peers in analyzing and using this information to strengthen instruction. 59% of teachers agree that the principal should be held accountable for everything that happens to the children in his or her school. “Allows schools to take maximum advantage of teacher expertise without weakening the classroom presence of quality teachers.” The Results

3 + Learning Facilitator When teachers learn with and from one another, they can focus on what most directly improves student learning. Their professional learning becomes more relevant, focused on teachers' classroom work, and aligned to fill gaps in student learning. Such communities of learning can break the norms of isolation present in many schools. Teachers examine and discuss student work regularly Teachers – 68% Principals – 78% Select strong teacher leaders; Provide specific training on how to achieve collaboration. The Results

4 + Instructional Specialist An instructional specialist helps colleagues implement effective teaching strategies. This help might include ideas for differentiating instruction or planning lessons in partnership with fellow teachers. Instructional specialists might study research-based classroom strategies; explore which instructional methodologies are appropriate for the school; and share findings with colleagues. Teachers observe each other in the classroom and provide feedback: Teachers – 22% Principals – 32% Nine in ten teachers (90%) agree that other teachers contribute to their success in the classroom. The Results

5 + Curriculum Specialist Understanding content standards, how various components of the curriculum link together, and how to use the curriculum in planning instruction and assessment is essential to ensuring consistent curriculum implementation throughout a school. Curriculum specialists lead teachers to agree on standards, follow the adopted curriculum, use common pacing charts, and develop shared assessments. Secondary principals who believe greater collaboration would improve student achievement may benefit most from leadership development focused on building collaborative cultures in schools as a way to engage teachers who are less supportive of the concept. A majority of teachers (59%) agree that the principal should be held accountable for everything that happens to the children in his or her school. The Results

6 + Let’s Reflect What are the implications of having all educators focus on student growth ? What are some steps you could take to implement this process? What refinements could be made to existing processes?

7 + Resource Provider Teachers help their colleagues by sharing instructional resources. These might include Web sites, instructional materials, readings, or other resources to use with students. They might also share such professional resources as articles, books, lesson or unit plans, and assessment tools. Effective teaching is the result of a collective effort in which teachers pool their knowledge and skill to produce higher levels of student learning than any of them can achieve on their own. Just over half of students (53%) strongly agree that all of the teachers in their school want them to succeed. The Results

8 + Catalysts for Change Catalysts for change are visionaries who are “never content with the status quo but rather always looking for a better way”. Teachers who take on the catalyst role feel secure in their own work and have a strong commitment to continual improvement. They pose questions to generate analysis of student learning. My principal’s/My decisions on school improvement strategies are influenced by faculty input: Teachers – 63% Principals – 90% The Results “Is complicated, requires buy-in from all, and has potential to turn into multiple jobs that would lead to burnout.”

9 + Classroom Supporter Classroom supporters work inside classrooms to help teachers implement new ideas, often by demonstrating a lesson, coteaching, or observing and giving feedback. This consultation with peers enhanced teachers' self-efficacy (teachers' belief in their own abilities and capacity to successfully solve teaching and learning problems) as they reflected on practice and grew together, and it also encouraged a bias for action (improvement through collaboration) on the part of teachers. The Results

10 + School Ambassador Being a school leader means serving on a committee, such as a school improvement team; acting as a grade- level or department chair; supporting school initiatives; or representing the school on community or district task forces or committees. A school leader shares the vision of the school, aligns his or her professional goals with those of the school and district, and shares responsibility for the success of the school as a whole At my school, teachers, principals and other school professionals trust each other: 51% The Results School leaders share responsibility to achieve school goals: T - 73% P – 97%

11 + Mentors Serving as a mentor for novice teachers is a common role for teacher leaders. Mentors serve as role models; acclimate new teachers to a new school; and advise new teachers about instruction, curriculum, procedure, practices, and politics. Being a mentor takes a great deal of time and expertise and makes a significant contribution to the development of a new professional. The Results

12 + Final Reflection How could hybrid roles impact school improvement? What roles could you plan to implement in your school? What refinements could be made to existing roles?

13 + Wrap Up Aspen Institute September 2007 | Volume 65 | Number 1 Teachers as Leaders Pages 74-77 Ten Roles for Teacher Leaders Cindy Harrison and Joellen Killion MetLife Teacher Survey Chris Crouch @the_explicator m m

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