YOU are the CLO-Chief Learning Officer of your school, but you also must be the LL: the Lead Learner! With a growth mindset, the principal as learner and collaborator ensures robust and continuous learning for all. Rick Dufour has said, “Schools need leadership from principals who focus on advancing student and staff learning.” A 2009 study from the Wellington Ministry of Education titled School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Identifying What Works and Why concluded that the leadership activity that has the greatest impact on student learning is the promotion and participation in teacher learning. In fact, the effect size was .84, nearly double the .42 effect size of teacher evaluation and goal setting!
You get it! You ensure that you participate in teacher learning and find the resources to ensure that your teachers have relevant professional learning that match school goals for ensuring student achievement. Have you thought much about your own learning? Truth nine from Kouze and Posner’s book The Truth About Leadership is that “The Best Leaders are the Best Learners!” Why not consider joining Cohort Ten of Leadership Matters? Here are five reasons why!
1. Learning! The days of the principalship focused on being just a manager are long gone. No longer is the work just about the 4 B’s-buildings, boilers,
books, and buses, but about building the learning and leading capacity, the motivation and influence of others as leading learners. The themes of Leadership Matters focus on courage and integrity, building a collaborative culture, intentionality, and reflection. Learn the essential skills and strategies that a leading learner needs, to provide the right amount of accountability and support.
2. Networking! As a cohort group, you will learn with and from each other. A group of elementary, middle level, and high school administrators, teacher leaders, and aspiring administrators who hail from rural, suburban, and urban districts. This diversity allows for a cross-culture of different perspectives, ideas, and support that is varied and enhances the learning experience.
3. Coaching! I call this a monthly gift! The job of a principal is lonely and there
is not always someone available who you trust to provide perspective, support and assist you in thinking through problems and brainstorming solutions. The program provides a one-hour coaching call each month with one of the learning facilitators.
4. Resources! The books and articles used in the program are relevant to the
work! Learn essential protocols that you can apply to your work immediately. The facilitation methods during the learning episodes are engaging and can be used back at your school with your own staff.
5. Caring! You are the number one cheerleader for your school and your
teachers and staff. It is time to do something for you! As a leader, it is imperative that you model the importance of learning and staying current! Registration for Leadership Matters includes attendance at MEMSPA’s Summer Leadership Institute next August on Mackinac Island at the Mission Point Resort!
Here are a few quotes of affirmation from your colleagues who participated in Leadership Matters, Cohort 9!
“In my 21 years of education and 13 years of administration, Leadership Matters has been the most useful professional development.”
“The Leadership Matters experience allowed me to add to my educator toolbox in a meaningful way. Guaranteed you’ll be a better administrator for those you serve through learning at Leadership Matters.”
“If you are a school administrator and you want to learn new ways to make an impact on your students and staff then you need to attend Leadership Matters. This experience is life changing! You will learn and share new ideas with colleagues from around Michigan. You will receive resources and ideas that you can implement on Monday after a weekend session!”
“This was amazing learning especially for a principal that was experiencing first-year leadership at the elementary level. The learning network that has been developed is priceless.”
"Learning from Derek and Debbie is always an experience and an honor. I firmly believe there is no better professional development opportunity that exists for educational leaders than Leadership Matters!"
Won’t you consider joining Debbie McFalone and me and become a member of cohort ten of Leadership Matters? Registration costs can be paid for with Title 2 Professional Learning dollars; school district funds and a reasonable monthly payment plan can be accessed as well. Principal’s need support! The work is more difficult than ever! Supporting learning is essential! Why not join the over 200 principals who have changed their game as Leadership Matters alumni? Become a part of Leadership Matters Cohort Ten! Click the link to register! Leadership Matters Registration