Deciding how teachers will collegially manage the school
Teacher-powered teams often enter the Storming stage having spent a good amount of time thinking about the learning program and instructional approach they want to create. However, teams have usually spent considerably less time thinking about how the school leadership team will manage the school.
Management design decisions are equally important. This is especially true as your team thinks about what areas of autonomy it will need to negotiate.
Collegial management design steps include:
- Creating a high-performance culture
Cultivating and assessing for characteristics of high-performing organizations.
- Developing a shared purpose
How existing teams have used their shared purposes; resources for developing and using shared purposes.
- Deciding whether to formally organize the teacher team
Formalization options; examples of formally organized teacher-powered teams.
- Determining an approach to teacher evaluation and tenure
Policies and processes in existing schools; sample evaluation processes and rubrics.
- Ensuring the teacher-powered team is a community of learners
Cultivating learning communities; other professional development information.
- Defining budgeting processes and priorities
Examples of budgeting priorities and processes; Budgeting 101.
- Creating a strategy for attracting families
Design considerations for attracting students and families to your school.