Principal Institute: Building Pathways for Instructional Leadership

October 25, 2016 Registration Closed

November 1, 2016 Registration Closed

LRDC, 9th Floor • 3939 O'Hara Street • Pittsburgh, PA 15260 • 412-624-8940

The Institute for Learning will engage principals in collaborative discussions around the power of high-leverage practices, which are fundamental teaching practices that, when used consistently, can improve student performance. We will consider the components that can be used by a system to maximize the use of high-leverage practices to positively impact student learning, and consider local contexts and what it takes to “stay the course.” Using Design Thinking tools, principals will work in collaborative teams to generate practical ideas for implementing and sustaining high-leverage practices in their respective schools. Throughout the day principals will analyze and apply these ideas by creating an implementation plan to use and monitor high-leverage practices in their respective schools.

Key Questions

  • How does productive collaboration build leadership and instructional capacity?
  • How can systems and schools use structures, routines, and processes to maximize high-leverage practices?
  • What is the added value that a principal's actions and interactions with teachers, administrators, and parents can potentially have on teaching and learning?

Session Goals

Particpants will:

  • understand the power of high-leverage practices and their characteristics;
  • consider various components that can be used by a system to maximize the use of high-leverage practices to positively impact student learning; and
  • consider local contexts and what it takes to "stay the course."
  • consider the role of the principal in supporting and advancing the use of the high-leverage practice throughout a system;
  • Engage in pieces of design thinking to create a plan to implement and sustain a high-leverage practices within a school

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

TimeContent
9:00-9:20 AM Welcome
  • Introductions
  • Goals
9:20-10:45 AM
(Break included)
Defining High-Leverage Practices
  • Define High-Leverage Practices
  • Analyze three high-leverage practices – Accountable Talk®, Effective Feedback, and Writing to Learn – and their implementation in various contexts; and
  • Examine practices used in your own system to determine how they align with the characteristics of high-leverage practices.
10:45-11:45 AM Determining Ways of Maximizing the Use of High-Leverage Systems
  • Examine and name ways in which three schools are maximizing the use of high-leverage practices; and
  • Discuss the local conditions that exist to maximize (or impede?) the use of high-leverage practices across your system and how a principal’s actions and interactions with stakeholders can support the work
11:45-12:30 PM Lunch (provided)
12:30-3:00 PM Consider the Role of the Principal in Supporting and Advancing High-Leverage Practices
  • Use a case study to understand the critical role that principals play in supporting the use of high-leverage practices
  • Use human design thinking tools to consider the way in which principals support the implementation of HLP in their schools
  • Create a plan for ways in which you will support the use of high-leverage practices in your school
3:00-3:30 PM Closing Remarks and Reflection