The policies are changing, the societal demand for schools and students to perform better and the need for us to rethink the teaching and learning demanded by this century are not diminishing.
The children will benefit from the observation process when it is based upon creating motivated, empowered teachers.
If there is a hope for a nugget of something new...a way to address an emerging issue or problem, or a seed of new thinking or a grant opportunity or a new book ... then the return strategy matters.
Feedback that is descriptive, anchored, timely, meaningful, and respectful can increase the likelihood that the receiver can and will use it to improve upon the work.
We can be pretty sure in our hearts of hearts that retaining what happens within our walls the same as the last century isn't enough...and it isn't right.
We cannot allow schools to be places where the rush to the finish line negates life along the way. And, we cannot afford to make the mistake of thinking only some children or only some adults are stressed.
How can the leader attend to the efficacy needs of faculty and staff in order for them to feel empowered and motivated and do their best work?
Schools set up systems that provide school personnel the information they need to understand the needs of at-risk students who enter their buildings and classrooms daily.
Behaviors escalate this time of year, so let it be a reminder that students not only need understanding, they need help.
Schools need focused leaders who can develop and sustain the coalitions to move a school forward, coalitions within the school and with those outside of school walls both.