Educators who are top notch are those that continue to learn and grow throughout their career. Participating in varied learning experiences will increase educator effectiveness, which then positively impacts student learning in the classroom.
Support for the development of educators varies at each school building and district. Some offer new hire or teacher orientation, ongoing professional development opportunities, assigned mentors, etc. However, others offer little to no support once hired. How can teacher leaders increase their effectiveness?
As a teacher leader (instructional coach, subject specialist, PD presenter, etc.), the offerings are even less. Mainly because schools and districts are unsure what each leadership role will do, how they should be trained, and what the expectations are for their performance. That leaves teacher leaders on their own to seek out opportunities to learn.
Solution: Learn At Your Convenience
Luckily, a teacher leader herself developed a virtual conference just for instructional coaches called the Simply Coaching Summit. (Join this summer’s unforgettable experience.) There’s nothing better than PD for educators by educators. It’s practical, inspiring, and a great networking opportunity to expand your professional learning network. Plus, you can learn on your own time with the replay feature, starting and stopping as needed. Enjoy 45+ sessions geared towards teacher leadership and connect with teacher leaders all over the world!
Solution: Learn in Live Time
Taking support to the next level, is to learn and grow in a cohort of teacher leaders. Learning and leading in a community of people holds you accountable for applying new learning while receiving encouragement from others in the same boat as you.
Instead of a passive learning opportunity, commit to a five month mastermind. Teacher leaders from all over the nation apply to participate with five to ten being selected. (Go ahead, apply to join us!) Multiple supports are available, like short leadership training videos, 200+ printable templates, a calendar of weekly tasks to grow your skillset, private Facebook group support, and live group calls twice a month. Gain confidence and clarity through personalized feedback to reach success faster.
The secret is, you get out of it what you put in it. Those who utilize all the available resources, connect with the other members, and show up to group calls consistently, show the most growth in leadership capacity. They experience less stress, more job satisfaction, and often receive accolades for their contribution to their schools.
No matter which pathway you decide to follow to grow your own knowledge base and skillset, do it with intentionality. Know ahead of time how to maximize the opportunity and go all in to listen, contribute, and apply learning. Educators are life-long learners who evolve and stay current with best practices. In addition, they initiate action, advocating for the support they need to grow into their potential.
GO BE GREAT!
How do you continue to learn and grow as a teacher leader?