Connection to the Project:
Phase 4 in the COVID-19 Tool-Kit series addresses Re-Entry Plan Implementation, Goal Setting and Monitoring for Goal Attainment. Applying a Cycles of Inquiry approach enables Principals and their Instructional Leadership Teams (ILT) to engage in school-wide continuous school improvement work regardless of the return-to-school learning model.
Framing of Phase 4
The opening section illustrates the ways in which the Fall Return-to-School must be fundamentally different from the original emergency school closure period as we transition from “disruption” to “recovery.” It includes research-based strategies for responding to a dramatically altered and continuously shifting learning environment that include:
- Threat vs. Opportunity Framing;
- Creating Conditions that Foster Teacher Self-Efficacy;
- Organizing Teams to maximize effort and impact;
- Innovating Your Way to Achieving Your Goals and;
- Focusing on Deepening Trusting Relationships by Attending to Equity, SEL And Reciprocal Communication.
In subsequent sections, the role of the ILT is defined in the areas of goal setting, re-establishing opportunities for professional learning, and monitoring progress through instructional data collection practices. A commitment to educator self-care and recognition, turning complaints into commitments, and appreciating the role of the teacher as a “guest” in family homes during virtual learning helps us to re-evaluate how we define student engagement and set expectations for learning.
Participants are reminded that the primary function of public schools is to promote learning and this is accomplished through effective teaching; therefore teacher supervision (largely through the lens of teacher development) should remain a priority, complicated though it may be. Finally, communication whether written, verbal, or conveyed by visual models is an important way of signaling the school’s return to a focus on learning.
Additional Resources include some original source material referenced throughout the webinar and related documents that may be used to explore particular topics in greater depth. A Teacher Evaluation folder contains sample data collection tools and official guidance from ISBE.
00:00 Introduction to the Phase III Webinar – Purpose, Focus, and Presenters
05:40 Video: How kids are coping with pandemic anxiety
09:56 Research-Based Leadership Strategies for Establishing Conditions for Effective Teaching and Learning
41:06 Social/Emotional Learning Tools/Protocols
1:00:50 Universal Goals to Guide the Return-to-School
1:22:43 Defining the Difference between Building Leadership Teams and Instructional Leadership Teams, and
Data Collection Planning for the three primary Return-to-School Learning Models
1:36:11 Communicating in Ways that Get Schools Beyond “React” And “Respond.”
Learning What it Takes: Curriculum Instruction, Assessment and Engagement
2:10:33 Closing Thoughts: What if . . .