As an administrator
Contrary to top-down formulaic approaches, a horizontal leadership system can be used by principals to engage all stakeholders—including teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, parents, community members, businesses leaders, and students themselves—in the project of improving student learning and school reform.
Key focus areas of the transformation process:
- Development of dynamic learning communities that relate empirical research of what works for diverse students, schools, and communities to the concrete challenges faced at Sanchez School
- Shared leadership and results-oriented cycle of inquiry to build capacity for effective learning across generations within the school community
- Multi-dimensional roles of the school principal, including instructional leader, resource manager, social architect of learning, and community organizer and activist
- Collection of evidence, including student achievement data, performance-based assessments, teacher leadership development, paraprofessional career ladder, and parent education and activism