Students’ intellectual engagement with both what they are learning and with their peers is essential if deep, substantial learning is to occur.
Likewise, teachers’ intellectual engagement in professional development and meaningful collaboration with their colleagues is essential to their professional learning and to the deep learning of their students.
And principals’ intellectual engagement with their professional development and meaningful collaboration with their colleagues—both teachers and other principals—is essential to teachers’ professional learning and collaboration.
Here is another way of expressing my assumptions: principals’ engagement/collaboration = teachers’ engagement/collaboration = students’ engagement/cooperation = high level of learning for all students.
Therefore, if principals’ meetings do not include generous opportunities for professional learning and meaningful collaboration, it is unlikely that faculty and team meetings in schools will include generous opportunities for professional learning and collaboration. The consequence is lower levels of engagement and learning for students.
What do you think—is principal engagement essential to teacher engagement, which in turn, is essential to student engagement and learning?