Assessment continues to play an expanding role in education, and therefore it is imperative that educators are confident that the data generated can be used to make valid, reliable inferences about students’ growth and achievement. This requires that teachers and administrators are assessment literate, that they have developed a trained-eye to effectively select and develop high-quality measures designed for a variety of purposes.
To shift from a driving value of autonomy to one of collaboration, teachers and leaders need to embrace a new set of practices; many of which take time to master. I like to refer to these practices holistically as facilitative leadership—the leadership practices required to lead a successful collaborative team. How can you become a more effective facilitative leader in your classroom, school, or district? Consider these key strategies for leading a successful collaborative team.
“The ability to collaborate and network with others in education is so easy and rewarding. We have the same successes and concerns, and by sharing them in real time, I get inspired and reenergized weekly,” explains Sean Hill, who leads efforts to boost college and career readiness and community connections in Crooksville Exempted Village Schools. Despite still being “green” in the technology world, Sean has used social media to make powerful connections with educators and the community.
“It is wonderful to have people to turn to when you need some support,” says Barb Schafer, an instructional coach at Warren Local School District. Discover how Barb uses digital and social media to communicate, share resources, and build a network of educators across the country with expertise in many areas.
How diverse are our workplaces, really? In particular, how diverse are the teams of employees—such as teacher professional learning teams—that regularly work together to make decisions that affect the organization, its stakeholders and customers (e.g., students), and their own effectiveness as professionals? And, why does it matter? Diversity within teams is important because, as research demonstrates, diverse groups make better decisions.