Educational leadership can be a lonely and difficult journey filled with constant change, complex issues and unreasonable expectations. However, leaders must be ready to accept these challenges with enthusiasm so that they create a professional culture that encourages and supports teachers as they design dynamic learning experiences for students. By leading through collaboration, leaders can motivate and empower educators so they can produce successful results and enact changes otherwise thought impossible. So what holds the key to unlocking the power of effective leadership? Collaboration.
This Thursday, October 9 at 9 p.m. EST join Chris Bronke and Heather Rocco as they host a #LitLead conversation on how to use collaboration as a means for personal and departmental professional development to keep moving themselves and their teachers forward in their educational practices.
1. What are the ideal conditions for collaboration amongst teachers and leaders?
2. If you do not have those conditions, how do you promote collaboration?
3. In what ways do you and/or your school leaders model effective collaboration?
4. What issues/efforts lend themselves most effectively to collaboration?
5. How can leaders promote a culture of collaboration amongst teachers?
6. Share an example of an effective collaborative effort in which you participated.
7. Why is it important for leaders to collaborate with other leaders?
8. What are your best ideas to promote leaders-to-leaders collaborations?
You should also plan to attend the CEL Annual Convention
at National Harbor this November 23 – 25 where Chris and Heather will be featured speakers on this topic! The convention keynote speakers include Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, Sarah Brown Wessling, Jim Burke, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. The breakout sessions feature presenters who will discuss how they use collaboration in their classrooms, departments and schools. The convention fee of $165 for CEL members ($190 for NCTE members) includes three meals and two networking receptions as well. While we encourage you to attend the NCTE Convention that immediately precedes the CEL Convention, you are not required to attend both.
We hope to see you on Thursday at 9 p.m. and at CEL’s Annual Convention next month!
Supervisor of English Language Arts & Literacy, grades 5 – 12
School District of the Chathams, NJ
English and Communications Department Chair
Downers Grove North High School, IL