Published on Real Clear Education, January 19, 2016, by Multi-Classroom Leader Erin Burns
When out with friends or at dinner parties, I frequently get asked, “So what do you do?” My ”I’m a biology multi-classroom leader” response receives perplexed looks, so my boyfriend usually pipes in, “It’s kind of like the science department chair”—and then I have to kindly say, “Well, sort of, except that I do all this other stuff…”
As the leader of a five-person teaching team at a high-need Charlotte, N.C., high school, I teach a senior International Baccalaureate biology class every other day for one period—leaving 88 percent of my time to coach my team teachers, teach with them, pull out students to work one-on-one, lead data meetings, or anything else necessary to help my teachers and students succeed. Now, instead of teaching just my own 80 or 100 students, I reach all 500 biology students.
I previously led a four-teacher team at another school as the “professional learning community” lead, while still teaching a full load of classes. I set up weekly meetings in which we discussed lesson plans and assessments. We’d share stories about students and lessons. But I could never meet these students or see the lessons in action. Now, as a multi-classroom leader, or MCL, I partake in every step of my team’s lesson plans, execution, and analysis. [Read more…]