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Excellent Teaching and Learning Every Day

The Principal Story Learning Guide

To advance the professional learning of aspiring and current school leaders

The Principal Story

Unit 4: Improving instruction



Purpose: Unit 4 provides participants with an opportunity to identify actions essential to improving teaching and learning. Follow the links below to move through the sections of this unit.  Approximate Time: 4.5 – 5.5 hours.


 

Facilitators: Adult learning professionals may use this web-based learning tool in principal preparation courses or in workplace study sessions. Facilitators may encourage participants to take advantage of the writable PDFs to record and save their responses. For onsite study groups or classes, the facilitator may choose to print relevant worksheets and provide them to participants. Depending on class structure and learning goals, facilitators will use these tools to provide group and individual learning experiences within the following structure:

     Consider ideas and connect with others
   Watch the film clip
   Read the excerpt
   Complete the activities

 

 


 

Consider ideas and connect with others

 

Think about the role of a school principal in improving instruction. Independently, respond to questions on the worksheet and exchange responses with a partner. Connect with others, if applicable, to discuss common themes.
  1. What does it mean for principals to improve instruction for all students?
  2. What systems do you believe must be in place for teacher teams to learn?
  3. What examples or indicators of improving instruction can you share from your own experience?

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Watch the film clip

 


View a clip on improving instruction to see research in practice. Use the Big ideas chart to guide independent note-taking while viewing.

In this clip, viewers observe principals Tresa Dunbar (Nash Elementary School) and Kerry Purcell (Harvard Park) monitoring teacher and student progress. The principals work directly with teachers on ways to improve instruction. [Time: 6 minutes, 14 seconds]

 


 

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Read the excerpt

Excerpt from: The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning (The Wallace Foundation, 2013), 11;14.

Effective principals work relentlessly to improve achievement by focusing on the quality of instruction. They help define and promote high expectations; they attack teacher isolation and fragmented effort; and they connect directly with teachers and the classroom, University of Washington researchers found. Read more...

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Complete the activities

Working in small groups or at their own pace, learners observe, discuss, engage, and reflect on the ideas and information presented in the film clips and related materials. Follow these links to tools that include writable PDF files to support this work.

     Activity 1: Discover personal assumptions
   Activity 2: Review research
   Activity 3: Link research with practice
   Activity 4: Take action
   Activity 5: Reflect


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