STANDARD THREE: CULTURAL LEADERSHIP
School executives will understand and act on the understanding of the important role a school’s culture contributes to the exemplary performance of the school. School executives must support and value the traditions, artifacts, symbols and positive values and norms of the school and community that result in a sense of identity and pride upon which to build a positive future. A school executive must be able to “reculture” the school if needed to align with the school's goals of improving student and adult learning and to infuse the work of the adults and students with passion, meaning and purpose. Cultural leadership implies understanding the school as the people in it each day, how they came to their current state, and how to connect with their traditions in order to move them forward to support the school’s efforts to achieve individual and collective goals.
A. Focus on Collaborative Environment
At Washington GT Elementary, the Instructional Leadership Team is an entity that meets once a week to stay abreast of instructional leadership in the school and how to best support teachers and students. The team is comprised of the administration team, Magnet Coordinator, Literacy Coach, Math Coach, Instructional Facilitator and School Counselor. This document outlines a specific meeting with a protocol to dive into some core issues within the team to improve collaboration, communication, and service to students and staff.
B. School Culture and Identity
The Public School Data Profile outlines the culture and academic data of Washington GT Elementary. The Profile captures the celebrations, accomplishments, culture, and identity of the school.
C. Acknowledges Failures, Celebrates Accomplishments and Rewards
This document outlines school data from Moore Square Magnet Middle School. It focuses on the student academic data, and the positive moments, as well as opportunities for growth. It summarizes the goals to focus on for students based on student achievement and staff feedback.
D. Efficacy & Empowerment
As a co-coordinator for the GT Cares program, I had the opportunity to collaborate with teachers, parents and students to improve student achievement. This artifact is a presentation before the start of the GT CAREs program, that outlines teacher staffing placement, evening duty schedules for pick up, and our Parent Partners for the 2019-2020 school year. This presentation and program shows how teachers are empowered to lead efforts in student achievement and parents are empowered to lead as partners in their children's education.