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3 Keys to Building Strong Instructional Leadership Teams

The Instructional Leadership team is vital to the success of any school improvement initiative. The team is generally made up of administrators, mentor teachers, and teacher leaders who work collaboratively to execute on key goals.

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5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Launching Your Instructional Leadership Team

One of the three key levers for school improvement, a strong ILT sets the foundation for successful implementation and support of other key levers for bringing change. To ensure your ILT is successful in its work, here a few potential pitfalls to avoid as you implement your team.

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Forget Singapore and Finland: For School Improvement Practices, Let’s Look Elsewhere

There’s no better time for us to take a look at what systems around the world with similar challenges are doing, see what’s working, what’s not working and create a global networked improvement community to both teach and learn.

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How the STEP Model Uncovers Local Bright Spots and Transforms Instruction

PLCs have tremendous potential to improve teaching. In PLCs, teachers can work with one another to discover and develop new practices to help their students succeed.  Improvement isn't guaranteed, though.

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TLC for School PLCs

In Mishawaka, Indiana, teachers are excited about a new effort under way to create a “culture of excellence” by identifying and replicating promising practices across their schools—led by them.

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4 Ways to Maximize the ROI on Professional Development Spending

Understanding how to increase the return on investment (ROI) on professional development will ensure the spend results in higher educator and student performance or inspire a data-driven change.

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Community Service: How the Supporting Teacher Effectiveness Project helps create professional learning communities that work

While there is plenty of evidence to support the fact that teachers and administrators enjoy participating in PLCs, there is very little real data to show the impact of this participation on teacher and student growth.

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Four Ways Blended PD Makes Teachers Ready for the Classroom

Providing teachers with PD and support that actually works is a significant and critically important challenge we must tackle head-on. And the use of technology is starting to show signs of delivering on the promise of truly helping teachers improve their practice.

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Why Video Is Essential for All Educators in the Teacher-Feedback Process

For years, athletes have been reviewing practice and game tapes to develop strategies and refine techniques. Why? Because video gives coaches and athletes the same thing that all educators want and need: relevant, actionable feedback that improves practices and leads to growth.

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7 Reasons Why Districts Need to Invest in Principal Coaching

Executive coaching is a critical support lever for school and district leaders. It is helps leaders become more effective agents of change with expertise across a variety of key areas of responsibility.

 

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A research-based approach to instructional coaching

The lack of relevant research and widespread assumptions that schools make while appointing coaches is an indicator that the field not yet fully recognizing instructional coaching as the unique discipline that it truly is.

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Incredible: Teachers are forming job-specific collaboration networks. Here’s why and how

Through Insight's Empowering Educators to Excel (E3), educators in five small and/or rural districts across four states have formed a groundbreaking networked improvement community (NIC) and receive new levels of support for school effectiveness.

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How a Principal-Training Model in Jordan Is Transforming Instruction

The Queen Rania's Teacher Academy (QRTA), five Connecticut superintendents, and Insight Education Group have forged a partnership to support practicing public school principals throughout the Kingdom of Jordan.

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Syracuse academy targets aspiring leaders among teachers, admins

Syracuse City School District in partnership with Insight Education Group began a district-based academy that helps groom a pipeline of leaders in city schools and has seen how the academy is improving retention among school leaders.

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How our leadership academies are creating better school principals

Learn the two questions leaders in Syracuse City School District asked themselves before they started their in-district leadership academies in partnership with Insight.

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