Full Interview: Bruce Wellman
In this hour-long interview Jon Saphier and Bruce Wellman delve into both leading and being a productive member of a team.
From leading: “I don’t know many principals who actually visit team meetings, observe and give feedback to their team leaders as part of their supervisory practice.”
There is a big flag for leadership prep programs. Not many principals do that because we don’t make it a priority or train them to do so with feedback that is timely, appropriate and helpful. This is a giant gap in instructional leadership preparation, because teams (grade level and subject specific) are prime sites for teacher learning and improving instruction if they function at a high level.
To productive group membership: “Within school variation is greater than between school variation. Now how do you break that down?”
Bruce also tackles this with some powerful ideas. Overcoming this hang-up breaks the dam of getting teachers in each other’s room and learning from one another.
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