Talk about perfect timing...
Are you an instructional leader looking to lead well alongside your colleagues? If so, this book study is exactly for you! .... Okay, so maybe that sounds a little too much like an infomercial selling a too-good-to-be-true product. The difference in this book study and whatever an infomercial might sell you is that this book, studied with like-minded leaders from all over the country, can actually get you to a place with your organization that seems almost too-good-to-be-true!
Here's the reality:
You are most likely beginning to prepare for the coming year. Maybe you are a current instructional leader or maybe you are anticipating this role next year. Regardless, your team will certainly have new members be it the leadership team, your broader leadership staff, or your faculty of teachers and staff. When we begin to prepare for the "new" of "next year", we often decide to start with the all familiar get-to-know-you events and initiatives. These are quickly followed by training and professional development on the products, programs, and procedures that are required for the start of the year. While these may be necessary and may seem important, the impact on school culture and student achievement may likely go unseen, unheard, and not felt. Your fluffy meet-and-greets or product and program trainings are brief and the results you desire from them are often short-lived.
Inevitably your year will begin as per usual, maybe even with a bang-up start. But as the year goes on, you experience many of the same issues, both in student learning and school climate, that have been present in years past.
WHY?? What gets in the way??
You can change the reality above. It is only a reality until someone decides to do something different. That different thing is to begin building a culture of collaboration. What gets in the way of sustainable and impactful development as a whole organization (and it's important to note that by "development" I'm referring to a MULTITUDE of positive elements that propel an organization forward) is the lack of a collaborative culture... a lack of collective efficacy... and when we lack these things, people are much less likely to access and utilize creative and critical thinking skills as well as communication skills... and when people are not provided those opportunities, we see joy seep away and darkness creep in ever so slightly throughout our community.
Now it starts with you!
You can become the leader that bridges the gap between a short-lived culture of collaboration to a sustained culture of collaboration where collective efficacy is realized and student achievement soars! You can start by joining our book study! We're reading Peter DeWitt's Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most.
The great thing about this book study is that it is completely virtual AND implemented in a "come-and-go" environment through the Marco Polo app. You can also access content and engage with fellow book study members via the Facebook Group!
Have more questions! Shout them out in the comments below!
Hey Fellow Educators!! You don't want to miss this episode all about four major collaboration killers and three mindsets you can take on to combat them! In this episode, I talk with Aimee Gilbert and Valerie Ayers, two instructional coaches from across the nation about what kills collaboration. They share their experiences with collaboration and we dive deep into the work of what makes the most impact when trying to build a culture of collaboration!
Catch the episode HERE!
You can read Valerie's blogpost about these on her website, On Deck Teaching.
Welcome! I am Casey Watts- Collaborative Leader and Culture Changer!