When a teacher has authority to lead a team, teachers can collaborate routinely and get weekly, or even daily, guidance, feedback, and support.
For each of the critical elements of instructional leadership and excellence in the boxes below, we present:
- Video clips of teacher-leaders who have achieved high-growth student learning
- Discussion questions for developing your team and yourself
- Printable study guides with discussion questions and real examples from educators
- Training links for ongoing professional development
- Other developmental resources including books, videos, articles, and tools
|Leaders must connect with their team, set ambitious goals, and lead and develop the team together and individually to deliver instructional excellence. Leaders must plan, communicate, execute, and improve team actions.|
|Launch and Lead
Establish leadership by ensuring the right people are on the team and clarifying the team’s vision, goals, roles, and process for collaborating to achieve excellence. Learn more…
Build Team Cohesion
Build team spirit and help your team collaborate productively to achieve your common goal of teaching and learning excellence. Learn more…
Lead Instructional Excellence
Lead others openly and rapidly to implement the specific elements of instructional excellence and achieve high-standards, high-growth learning. See the Achieving Instructional Excellence box at right.
Support and Develop Individuals
Provide support and development to each teacher or teacher-leader, through co-planning, modeling, observing, feedback, and coaching. Learn more…
Take care of yourself and improve your leadership and professional skills and competencies to achieve consistent performance. Learn more…
Download an Action Planner for teacher-leaders that cuts across all the elements, Leading a Team for a one-page summary, and Education Leaders Summary Actions List for a quick overview of all action areas.See complete training sequences for teacher-leaders and principals focused on leading people on our Training and Development page.
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|Instructional excellence is the heart of a great school. Achieving it requires planning ahead, delivering strong instruction, then improving throughout the year so that each student is motivated and supported for high-growth, joyful learning.|
|Plan Ahead and Raise Sights
Pre-plan high standards for each grade/course—with schoolwide curriculum, lessons, and useful assessments up to and beyond standards—to support achievement and growth. Learn more…
Establish strong relationships with students and families to cultivate a culture of learning and respect. Learn more…
Lead the Classroom
Lead with authority and compassion, setting and reinforcing norms for routines and behavior, in face-to-face learning and online. Learn more…
Execute Rigor and Personalization
Execute rigorous lessons aligned with the curriculum, personalizing and differentiating instruction for highly-engaging, high-growth learning. Learn more…
Assess students’ learning achievement and growth frequently with data—weekly or even daily—from the start and continuing through the year. Learn more…
Change instruction when learning slows—and to help students advance faster—based on monitoring. Learn more…
Engage students and families in each student’s growth by sharing progress and inviting student-driven improvements. Learn more…
Continuously improve all of the instructional excellence elements. Learn more…
See a one-page Instructional Excellence Summary.
See The Whole Package and What is an Opportunity Culture? for more about designing high-impact teacher-leader roles. See tools for teachers and teacher-leaders and free resources for principals of schools with empowered teacher-leader roles.
Research on multi-classroom leaders (MCLs) shows that an average range of teachers who joined teams led by MCLs (who had prior high growth as teachers) produced learning gains equivalent to those of teachers from the 75th to 85th percentile in math, and, in six of the seven statistical models, from 66th to 72nd percentile in reading. Teams had a median of five teachers in addition to the MCL.
In addition, choosing a curriculum and adapting pre-made lesson materials created with high standards and embedded personalization options can save time and enhance teaching further. See the What Works Clearinghouse for a compendium of research-based curriculum materials.
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