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Culture of Growth: Leadership Teams

How do leadership teams promote a culture of growth?

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Professional Development
  • School Culture

Type

Online Learning

Safe, effective schools require leadership at every level: students, parents, teachers, administrators, support and operations staff. Leadership is not about the formal title one has, but about the actions and behaviors that one demonstrates. 

Leadership teams offer a structure for shared leadership and decision making. Shared leadership promotes a culture of growth and builds trust within a school community because it provides the opportunity for all voices to be represented and heard. 

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Professional Development
  • School Culture

Type

Online Learning

Safe, effective schools require leadership at every level: students, parents, teachers, administrators, support and operations staff. Leadership is not about the formal title one has, but about the actions and behaviors that one demonstrates. 

Leadership teams offer a structure for shared leadership and decision making. Shared leadership promotes a culture of growth and builds trust within a school community because it provides the opportunity for all voices to be represented and heard. 

Leadership is action, not position. Donald McGannon, executive

Learning Target

I can explain structures and practices that promote relational trust and a growth mindset for adults.

Read: Teams Built for Learning

Central Beliefs about Leadership Teams: An overview of EL Education’s beliefs about the function and structure of school leadership teams. 
Guidelines for Leadership Teams: Guidelines for structuring and ensuring effective leadership teams.
Criteria for a High-Functioning Leadership Team: Indicators to measure the effectiveness of a school leadership team.

As you read, think about your aspirations, alignments, achievements, and adjustments regarding school leadership teams. You may download the4 A’s Protocol Recording Form for a more detailed description and to support your thinking.

Dig Deeper

Lebanon School Work Plan: A school work plan example that illustrates the strategic thinking that grounds all the work of the leadership team and the decisions that a leadership team makes.
Work Plan Criteria: Criteria indicators for a quality work plan (download provided on this page). 
How Schools Can Improve Student Achievement: A summary of research about factors that influence student achievement including relational trust and other research-based practices.

Discuss

With colleagues, discuss the following questions.

  1. Go back to your 4 A’s Protocol responses. 
  2. Compare your responses to those of your colleagues.  To what extent were they similar? To what extent were they different? If there were discrepancies, what does that signal for you as a team?
  3. What new understanding do you have about the function of a school leadership team?
  4. What do you think is the right next step toward developing a highly effective school leadership team?
  5. Can you reach a consensus with colleagues about the right next step?

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