This fall, NAATE welcomed 50 school leaders – including principals, assistant principals, deans, directors, and instructional coaches – for our School Leader Intensive Program. These leaders came from 16 different schools from across the country, often in clusters so that their executive teams could learn together and explore how to best expand the leadership of their schools to include teacher leaders. This program was developed in response to requests from Teacher Fellows over the past few years who spoke of how much richer their work could be in their own schools if their leaders had gone through a similar experience. Program participants commented on the power of the case studies and pre-readings in helping them to think more deeply about the practice of leading schools.
We enjoyed facilitating the deep case discussions among School Leaders, noting both similarities and differences from our Teacher Fellow programs. One school leader remarked, “This makes me want to be a teacher again. I really am remembering what it’s like for my teachers now, to be in their shoes…to think of how they see me.”
As the cohort and study groups began to bond, many School Leaders remarked that there were numerous additional topics to be covered beyond the leadership and teaming subjects of Session I, and that additional sessions would be of value. NAATE has announced a second session for these school leaders to be held in March 2016, that will compliment and build upon the curriculum and feedback from participants.