Schools have just two choices—to continuously improve the quality of teaching, learning, and relationships within the school community or to suffer the gradual erosion of all three. The status quo is not an option.
While there are no fool-proof recipes for continuous improvement, there are a few fundamental principles that can be expressed in this simple formula:
Skillful leadership + high-quality professional development embedded in teachers’ daily responsbilities + a high-performance school culture = outstanding teaching in all classrooms = successful learning for both adults and young people.
• Because skillful leaders change themselves first—what they believe, understand, say and do on a consistent basis—they embody the changes they seek in the school culture and in their daily professional practice.
• Because professional development within high-functioning teams are the core processes of continuous improvement, leaders ensure that professional learning and teamwork are both of the highest quality.
• Because culture trumps innovation, effective administrators and teacher leaders shape school cultures in ways that enable trust, experimentation, risk taking, meaningful collaboration, and continuous improvement in learning and relationships.
What do you think? How would you modify my formula?