Session 1 October 23, 2013: Learning and Leading for Growth: Developmental Leadership Strategies for Supporting Adult Growth and Capacity Building in Our Schools
Dr. Ellie DragoSeverson, Teachers College, Columbia University
While supporting adult learning is important for its own sake, it is also important since we know that supporting adult learning is directly linked to increasing students’ academic achievement. Today’s educational challenges place new, multifaceted demands on educators who dedicate themselves to educating children and youth. This calls for changes in how we work and learn together—it also calls for more effective ways to support adult growth and development. New demands, for example teacher and principal evaluation systems, make it crucial to employ even more effective practices for supporting adult development. We know that there is an urgent, palpable need to focus on supporting the growth and learning of teachers and all educational leaders within schools and across school systems. But how can you, as a principal, assistant principal, teacher leader, district leader, coach or professional developer, support growth in adults with different needs, preferences, and developmental orientations? In other words, how can we differentiate our leadership approaches to supporting genuine adult development to best attend to adults’ qualitatively different developmental needs?
In this workshop you to learn about a new model of learning oriented leadership and the four pillarpracticesfor sustaining adult growth, comprising this model: teaming, inviting other adults to assume leadership roles (distributing leadership with developmental supports and challenges for growth), engaging in collegial inquiry, and mentoring. This model is based on research that focuses on how principals, assistant principals, teachers, district leaders, and other school leaders from diverse schools throughout the U.S. shape growthenhancing school climates and employ practices to support and sustain adult learning and development.
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