Effective Leadership

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Comment by AA on October 21, 2008 at 6:39pm
I enjoyed reading your comments. How do you think administrators can best assist teachers?
Comment by LKF on October 11, 2008 at 8:43am
As the "New Primary Faculty Mentor," at our school, Instructional Leadership has been a concern of mine, for about, the last three years. This is when administrative leadership transitioned dramatically at our school. Several books on the topic,that have been helpful to me, from the point of view, of what it is, that exactly defines educational leadership, may help you too. How does one indeed implement change at both the teacher level and at the administrative levels. And, whose job is it anyway? Those several books on the topic, I have read, I have listed on my personal blog, which can be found at:
Comment by Peter Carlson on August 20, 2008 at 10:54am
It's been a while since I started this forum and I've never posted to the comments section. As I continue my search for a position in Educational Leadership one question keeps haunting me that has been brought up three times in interviews. How can you as an instructional leader improve a mediocre teacher's performance?

That's an interesting and extremely difficult question to answer and I've given two different answers to the same question.

What can one do to improve a mediocre teacher's performance? I answered: Through observation and professional development. However, as a teacher myself I'm always doing the song and dance when being observed. Even a mediocre teacher is going to do the dog and pony show.

The second and third time I answered: I suggested that an instructional leader should look at student achievement and data in the classroom to pin point specific weaknesses. However, I don't know if that's the correct answer either as some student's just don't perform as well as others and the teacher can't always be blamed for poor student outcomes. There are so many other variables involved than just looking at data to improve teacher performance.

How would you as an instructional leader, principal, a.p., director, dept. chair, or lead teacher answer this question?

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