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The Mechanics of Building Leadership-Online Modules

July 9, 2018 - August 3, 2018

The Mechanics of Building Leadership – Pre-Leadership Academy Professional Support

These interactive online modules support building leaders in thinking about and developing the skills necessary to effectively lead their learning organizations and to prepare them for their role of leading within the context of systemic reconfiguration. Each module is focused on key information and practices necessary for successful building leadership. Participants will engage in the content through an interactive online design that affords them the flexibility of accessing the content online, while also providing them with opportunities for in-person technical support and coaching to help them contextualize the information for application to their own unique setting.

Individual Learning Module Topics:

Budgeting – In this session, principals will learn about state and federal grant funding sources, with a specific focus on Title I and 31a, since these commonly impact building-level budgets. We will also explore the use of program evaluation methods to ensure that our limited educational dollars are being directed equitably to the programs that demonstrate the greatest impact on student achievement, as well as information and examples of how to schedule to manage scarce resources.

Building Leadership Procedures & Practices – The dictionary defines routines as “a sequence of actions regularly followed” or “a regular way of doing things in a particular order.” In this session, we will study the procedures and practices that principals can establish to promote a positive culture within a school. When implemented routinely, these practices help to create predictable patterns of interaction that lead to a sense of safety and efficiency. Routines for front office organization, principal visibility and accessibility, and general positive behavior support structures will be explored.

Creating a Growth Mindset to Build Capacity – Research is clear about the positive effect of feedback on teaching and learning. In this session, principals will learn about how to utilize effective communication skills and a growth mindset framework to create a culture where giving and receiving feedback is both safe and valued. Participants will also learn how to effectively take action to monitor and follow up on feedback.

The Principal as Instructional Leader – Research shows that principal leadership has a strong correlation with gains in student achievement. In order to maximize those gains, principals need to focus on what matters most–learning. In this session, we will explore what it means to support teacher collaborative routines as an instructional leader, as well as how to protect and prioritize time for this most critical role of a building principal.

Leading & Implementing Change – Change is inherent in the process of improving educational outcomes for each student. In the face of rapidly changing school environments and increasing demands, it is critical for principals to understand the competencies required to develop shared leadership and successfully lead
change initiatives. In this session, we will dig into the effective practices of change leaders and learn how to plan for, communicate, implement, and monitor change.

Taking Ownership of Your Day – Does your email pile up and feel like a daunting task? Do you know how to really prioritize the tasks, activities, meetings that fill up your days? The role of a building principal is multi faceted and requires skillful organization, planning, and delegation. In this session we will share tips and tricks to
managing and organizing your calendar, your email and helping building principals to identify tasks, activities, and routines that help you to engage in the real work of being an instructional leader, not a manager.


July 9, 2018
August 3, 2018
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