Trust as the Core of Instructional Leadership
Protocols to Mediate Thinking, Shift Practice, and Improve Student Learning
Take the worries and guesswork out of instructional leadership by implementing research-based protocols to build a community of trust and create a collaborative learning environment.
- Understand the importance of fostering trust and competence across all relationships within your school.
- Utilize a wide variety of reproducibles for both team building and personal reflection.
- Dive into Educator Spotlights that provide unique perspectives on chapter tools.
- Strategize for effective goal setting and achievement.
- Become more intentionally present as a leader.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Be Visible and Approachable
Chapter 2: Listen Closely to the Complaint for a Request
Chapter 3: Invite All Voices
Chapter 4: Use a Strengths-Based Approach Toward Building Instructional Leadership Capacity
Chapter 5: Unpack Necessary Conversations With Care
Appendix: Educator Spotlights
- Figure 1.2: Outline of Purpose of Classroom Visit
- Determine Whether You Are Visible and Approachable
- What’s Happening During Classroom Visits
- Follow-Up and Reflection After Classroom Visit
- Figure 2.4: Listening Protocols
- Top Five Complaints in Your School
- Delve Into the Complaint to Address the Request
- Agenda for Meetings
- Figure 3.1: Example 1 of Staff Development Strategy—Rate Yourself!
- Figure 3.2: Example 2 of Staff Development Strategy—Rate Yourself!
- Inventory Checklist for Instructional Leaders
- Committee Sign-Up Sheet Review
- Four Steps to Un-PACK Data
- Align Your School Goal and Strategy for Each Goal and Tech Tool to Leverage
- Notes for Necessary Conversations
- Notes on Where the Conflict Developed and Implications for the School
- Postconversation Notes
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- Graham, P., & Ferriter, W. M. (2010). Building a Professional Learning Community at Work: A guide to the first year. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
- Reeves, D. (2021). Deep change leadership: A model for renewing and strengthening schools and districts. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.