Posts by Merrilou Harrison:
Recently, a frustrated teacher sat with me and shared her overwhelming feelings of inadequacy. Her school district had recently adopted the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching for teacher evaluation, and she had just been at a training focused on how to implement it. She wondered aloud, “How am I going …Read More »
Are you a new principal or new instructional coach? In my consulting work, new instructional leaders often ask, “How do I start the school year focused on the right things? How do I balance the need to utilize staff time effectively and efficiently while still moving along important school improvement …Read More »
The name varies from school to school: Instructional Leadership Team, Building Leadership Team, School Improvement Team. Regardless of what you call it, chances are that you have a leadership team at your school. This summer, as you think about leadership teams you are a member of and/or lead, you are likely …Read More »
Professional Learning Communities often ask four essential questions to guide their work:
- What do the students need to learn?
- How will we know when they have learned it?
- What will we do when they haven’t learned it?
- What will we do when they already know it?
As students and teachers get back in to the school routine, for many there is a significant change. Rather than learning a new curriculum, many educators are grappling with a new set of academic standards. Yes, we have been in a standards-based system in the United State for the last 15 …Read More »