Leadership Academies help school administrators learn about our “whole teacher approach” to professional development, enhance their math knowledge and understanding, provide them with tools for classroom observation and conversations with teachers about instruction, and keep them informed about their teachers’ learning so they can support its implementation at their school.
While change in teacher practice is important, individual teacher change is not enough. In order for change to be sustainable, it must involve everyone. A culture that supports learning and growth must be in place, and this culture must be supported by the administrator. Administrators are essential in creating and sustaining learning communities among adults so that they, in turn, can create communities of learners among the children.
Leadership Academies provide administrators with the opportunity to
- deepen their own math content knowledge
- develop an eye for what powerful math instruction looks like
- understand how to facilitate the professional development of the adult learners in their building
- learn how to create and sustain systems that support shifts in teacher practice
- learn how to collect observational data and engage in reflective feedback
- network with other administrators to brainstorm solutions to common problems
- learn how to engage families in supporting their children’s math development
A Library of Collaboration
Watch and think about how teachers improve their practice
In our Idea Library explore our Focus on Collaboration series, where we examine how teachers can work together to learn and grow their early math thinking.