Mentoring Matters February-March 2016: Elementary Principals
Dan Rockwell’s blog this week captures a powerful strategy for optimizing your leadership efforts—create rhythms of rest and reflection. Check out “Choose the White Room over the Padded Room.”
Managing Professional Capital —Hiring the Best
Be prepared for your best hiring season yet! We share several resources to help you maximize your hiring process.
The 20-minute Hiring Assessment - Getting the right fit in terms of personality is equally as important, if not more so, than finding the candidate with rich content knowledge and quality teaching skills. This article summarizes three key dispositions critical to effective and successful teaching:
To gain insight into a candidate’s strength in each of these dispositions, the author offers six interview questions:
Access the full article to understand how to read between the lines of potential answers to each of these questions.
Hiring the Best – Author Mary Clement offers suggestions for gathering objective data through the hiring process starting with how to post your open position/s to how to structure the interview using behavior-based questions. She notes that clarifying what skills and dispositions are critical to the position will facilitate your decision-making.
Still looking for more information about behavior-based interviewing? Additional resources from Mary Clement are available here.
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Leading Learning—What is Competency-Based Education?
Interested in creating more flexibility for your students? Striving to engage more students at higher levels? Looking for a more personalized approach to teaching and learning? These varied resources provide you a starting point for moving this conversation forward in your building.
iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning) is offering a free webinar intended to explain the “foundational tenets of competency education, explore school models that meet students where they are and share promising practices from leaders and practitioners pushing the next generation of teaching and learning.”
The U.S. Department of Education provides an overview and linked resources to competency-based education and personalized learning.
Iowa, through legislative action, supports a competency-based education collaborative. Find additional resources and connect with schools participating in the collaborative.
Personalized Learning Toolkit - use the free resources available with this toolkit to “personalize learning for all learners.”
Leading Learning—Ensuring your PLCs are Genuine, Not Lite
In this month’s Kappan article, DuFour and Reeves provide strategies and recommendations to ensure your PLC work is substantive and leading to school improvement.
The authors open the article describing the mindset and beliefs teachers functioning as a PLC must hold:
The authors go on to revisit the four questions that drive the work of a PLC; they recommend a protocol be used to keep educators’ attention focused on these questions:
For each of these questions, the authors provide detailed examples and non-examples of what true PLC work is.
Access the full article here.
Leading Learning – Debunk ELL Myths
An ESOL teacher tackles 10 typical myths about English language learners. Check out the top 10 and the truths about each here.
These lists are intended as a guide—we encourage you to process in your mentor-mentee team to identify other items that may need your attention!