Press Pause, Time to Analyze

It is a good time of year to pause, analyze how close your teachers and teams are to meeting the school goals, and determine what short-term adjustments will have the most impact toward the long-term goals.  At this point in the year, most schools have some benchmark data, teacher observation data, and data about the effectiveness of systems and processes.  What patterns are you seeing in the data right now?  

Recognize teachers and teams who are on track to meeting or exceeding their goals.  What can we learn from these teachers and teams?  How might you leverage their strengths to support others?

You have the most influence on your instructional cabinet’s short-term goals. Maximize the power of your instructional cabinet now to impact the teachers and teams who, with support, can make the most impact in meeting the goals. 

Do the members of your cabinet have a shared understanding about the following?

Does each member of the instructional cabinet know the educators and content for which they are responsible?

Does each member of the instructional cabinet have clear direction in terms of how to prioritize their time?  Things always come up and this is a busy group.  Are there certain responsibilities, team meetings, observations, data collection, or support structures that are critical? Does anyone need support prioritizing time?

Does each member of the instructional cabinet know how to access and collect the data they need?  Are they able to support teacher teams in accessing their own data?  If not, how might you support your cabinet in helping teachers be responsible for their data, their analysis, and their adjustments needed to meet their goals?

For teachers and teams that need intensive support, how are you clearly communicating and regularly assessing the cabinet members’ support, monitoring, and feedback?  Do the teachers and teams have input in their next steps?  Are they finding the cabinet members’ support and feedback positively impacts their ability to meet their goals?  

Consider bringing these questions to your next cabinet meeting and clarify responsibilities and short-term support that can impact long-term goals.  If teams need support connecting or revising short-term and long-term goals, check out this protocol from Rubicon.