Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
This page will have a “Blog” feel because I want to share leadership ideas and keep a running dialog of ideas, recommendations, and my opinions on leadership.
Administrator Methods for Supervising Educator Practices
At Boston College, I was interested to study how school administrators seek to build their repertoire of skills for evaluating instructional practice, what research-based methods should they seek to develop? As a principal I know that the role of a principal has become dramatically more complex and overloaded during the past decade. Today educational leaders must assist in teaching and learning situations and educational needs of a school and its educators.
I studied multiple methods of observations:
A very brief summary of research below. Click here to view the full study.
Formal Lesson Observation
A learning walk is conducted by a group of the current school based educators working with the building administrator . (Feeney, 2014)
The Instructional Rounds method of observation is similar to a learning walk however, the focus of Instructional Rounds is firmly on the instructional core and the relationship between the teacher, the student, and the content. (City, Elmore, Teitel, & Fiarman , 2009)
Tips for the first year superintendent
As an aspiring superintendent and after completing my first year at Boston College , this discussion in class struck a chord. There are going to be many challenges in year one (and every year after) and having this dialog with a retired superintendent and 25 peers helped me to focus on the “big” levers and the “nice to know” categories.