Wednesday, 3 August 2016

What does a Literacy Leader do?

Literacy Leaders

The people that we lead have....
- diverse perspectives
- make assumptions

This is a mum who sold the last shovel at a hardware store during a snow storm. 

The Ladder of Inference Creates Bad Judgements

Question your assumptions and conclusions
Seek contrary data 

How do the roles within our school with dual roles

Collaborative Activities 
Buy, Sell and Exchange - 6 statements each then meet with a buddy to reduce to 6 then meet with four then eight. At the end 8 people 6 statements. (What is the role of Literacy Leader?)

What do we think a Literacy Leader does?
Rich dialogue and Conversations 
- provide provocations to challenge current beliefs respectfully and reach new depths of understanding

Quality PD
 - content knowledge (what)
- pedagogy of learners (how) 
- moral purpose (why)
- current curriculum knowledge
- developed from needs analysis and analysed school wide data
- meeting student and teacher needs to raise student achievement

Be a Learner 
- grow, inspire, develop in and out of school
- online
- professional development
- conversations with colleagues
- build a team around you to support the journey 

Support and guide 
- open to learning relationships
- humour
- interpersonal skills
- children at the heart of all that we do
- effective communication - celebration or difficult conversation

Multiple perspectives 
- awareness of up to date approaches
- understanding of neuroscience of how children learn new information
- respectful of journey of teacher

- growing capabilities 
- assessment and tracking and monitoring for student achievement 
- support that is appropriate and timely
- distributive leadership

A Literacy Leader has very strong focus on.....  
- focus on student outcomes
- leaders as learners
- leaders of learning - what is worth doing and what is not. Being able to say NO
- collaborative relationships with fellow teachers and collaboration encouraged

Robinson's Leadership Dimensions
  • establishing goals and expectations
  • strategic resourcing
  • planning, coordinating, evaluating, teaching and the curriculum
  • promoting and participating in teacher learning and development
  • ensuring a supportive learning environment
How Great Leaders Inspire

We believe - 
each and every child deserves the opportunity to become empowered in their own learning journey to success. 

Leadership Strategy 
Put together a portfolio of readings relevant to school / teacher needs
invite staff to flick through and choose a reading to read over the holidays On the first week back we will have wine and cheese and have discussions around what you found out and how it will impact your classroom practice.  

Connecting whanau to our learning 
Invite parents to write a brag letter about their child. 

Protocols of Observations
Have a clear procedure for observation visits
1. Pre-visit conversations 'the why'
2. Sharing and the conversation that happens afterwards
DO NOT ask - How do you think that lesson went? 
3. Remember this is a sample - one piece of evidence. You need a series of evidence to know what is going on. Formally and informally.
What else would you add to this? 

Having protocols around observational practice keeps personal being in tact. 
It is the actions and outcomes as a result of these actions that we are interested in. 

Feedback - 3 types
What we appreciate

To improve practice

To address an issue or concern

Joan Dalton - Learning Talk 
Ontario Capacity Series 

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