Posted on 10/27/2016 at 08:13 AM by Liz Determan
Researcher and author, John Hattie, has stated that it is important for educators to know thy impact. He has spent years researching what works in education by studying their effect size. You can find a list of his books on the Corwin website.
Knowing thy impact is important for teacher leaders as well. Author Simon Sinek reminds great leaders who want to inspire action to "start with the why." The following are possibilities to help teacher leaders understand their impact. We invite you to share other ideas via the NWAEA TLN Website (Resource Section) or the NWAEA TLN Google+ Community.
1. Keep track of your time. How often are you meeting with teachers? What is the focus of your time together? What else is utilizing your time? In last week's TLN Newsletter we shared how one Teacher Leader color codes her calendar. Do you have other ways to monitor your time? The tool (5.3) on page 9 - 10 of this handout may be helpful. How can/do you reflect on the use of your time to determine your impact?
2. Many coaches have used or adapted the Instructional Coaching Scale: Measuring the Impact of Coaching Interaction developed by Sue Woodruff. The model aligns with Jim Knight's coaching cycle components. If you have questions about this tool, contact Kathy Perret.
3. Use the National Teacher Leader Standards to personally set goals and reflect and monitor your progress.
4. Keep track of the goals (teacher or student-centered) you are focusing on with each teacher or group of teachers and whether the goals are met. Some coaches have done this electronically (Google). They have set up individual folders for each teacher they partner with. The folder & documents are shared between the coach and teacher. When goals are developed they are documented and monitored over time. Goals developed and achieved may be visually displayed in a graph form to reflect upon and share with stakeholders.
5. Check out the recently released guide (free) entitled Coaching for Impact: Six Pillars to Create Coaching Roles that Achieve their Potential to Improve Teaching and Learning. This document is a joint effort between The University of Florida (Lastinger Center for Learning), Learning Forward, and Public Impact.
6. Surveys can help gather the perspectives of others. You can find a sample of a set of data collected over time in the Benton CSD here. You can find a copy of one of the surveys used last year here. They survey the staff every 30 days and reflect on patterns over time. The time frame and questions are up to you. This is only meant to serve as one example.
We would love for you to share additional ideas on the NWAEA TLN Website (Resource Section) or the NWAEA TLN Google+ Community.