Leading the Learning...Personal Development MattersJul 09, 2021
Leading the Learning: Personal Development Matters
As a self-proclaimed BEAST (Be Enthusiastic About Students and Teaching), I am relentlessly focused on my own personal and professional growth and development. I am curious and one of those people who wants to know "why". I always wanted to be a good teacher, and continually engaged in professional learning opportunities that enabled me to enhance my practice and in turn, increase student learning. I knew that the more effective I was, the better I could be for my kids. As I entered into administration, I continued to take advantage of every learning opportunity that came my way. Teacher development became a major focus of my practice.
Research says: The most important factor in a school that contributes to student success is a high-quality teacher. Quality teaching matters. The second is the principal. Quality leadership matters.
My assumptions: Learning is the heart of education. It needs to be the primary focus at a school. Educators need to demonstrate a love of learning and engage in professional learning on a daily basis. We need to model the learning we want to see our kids engage in.
As I enter my 25th year in public education (I started when I was 12 so please feel free to do the math from there) in a new assignment as Lead Learner (principal) in a struggling school, I know exactly what is going to anchor our work. Learning. Period. A relentless focus on adult and student learning will be the primary ingredient in my school improvement. As principal, I commit to holding myself accountable for creating the constructs and utilizing resources to design standards-based, research professional learning experiences for our teachers. Excited to begin our journey to building and fostering a collaborative culture of learning.
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