Standard 6 & 7 Metareflection: Communication & Collaboration [EDU 6600: Communication and Collaboration]

Standard 6 Communication: Communicates regularly and effectively with colleagues, parents, and students through a variety of mediums.  Standard 7 Collaboration: Cooperates with other professionals to bridge gaps between schools and community and between departments/disciplines within schools.   Learning about teacher leadership through EDU 6600: Communication and Collaboration has provided me the theoretical background from which […]

Autonomy, Egalitarianism and Deference to Authority

“Blaming school problems on children’s characteristics, lack of resources, politics, societal conditions, and myriad other issues simply incapacitates our efforts to achieve substantive transformation of schools” (McCabe & McCarthy, p. 206). This quotation from chapter 20 of the Hilty reading really lays it out on the table; in order to effect lasting, measureable change in […]

Collaboration Through Peer Review

I have to admit that I’ve never been fond of peer reviewing other students’ projects; it’s time consuming, tedious and distracts me from focusing on my own work. When I receive peer feedback, the comments oftentimes lacked depth and a critical eye for assignment detail. At least, I use to feel this way about peer […]

Community Involvement in School Improvement Plans

Involving parents in positive ways in our school is heavy on my mind this week; I am in charge of coordinating stakeholder participation in my school’s three-day strategic planning session happening the end of this month. Working with my Head of School, we created a list of target parent voices that I asked to represent […]

The Role of Collegiality in School Improvement and Teacher Professionalization

The importance of nurturing collegial relationships in education is becoming increasingly clear to me. In chapter 11 of Professional Development: What Works (Zepeda, 2012) the idea of learning circles as a professional development model is introduced. According to Zepeda (2012) learning circles are a structured process where educators share in a common interest and commitment to a […]

Getting in the Way

As an aspiring principal I like to approach thinking about professional development from the perspective of an administrator, asking questions such as which research-based approaches would I develop with my (future) staff and why; what would my role be given various approaches (coach, participant, hands-off); and how could I best support the development of teachers […]

Trust in the Process, Resources & Time

“I still need a formal introductory training for Atlas. In other words, an organized and thorough explanation and demonstration of what it is and how it works. Will the Q and A be productive for me? I’m afraid it is geared more toward people who are already trained and using Atlas to address issues that […]