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MC: School Leadership: Session 2 - Defining Yourself as a Leader

In this second session of our Leadership Microcredential we will focus on the characteristics define you as a leader. We will explore several types of leadership and diverse ways to help you have a genuine and clear understanding of who you are, what you know, and how to understand your own tendencies and strengths. We will also discuss how to use this knowledge to develop as a role model and leader in your school community.

MC: School Leadership - Session 3 - Building a Culture of Collaboration and Learning

Collaborative learning requires active and meaningful participation from members of our teams. It’s important to create a safe and supportive environment where our team members feel comfortable expressing their opinions, asking questions, contributing to planning, engaging in problem solving, and sharing their experiences. In this course, we will explore various strategies to build relationships with your team, create a space for collaboration, and develop a team vision.

MC: School Leadership - Session 4 - Creating a Culture of Feedback

We hear the word feedback used every day, but how do we create an environment that welcomes feedback as a part of the culture of learning? Effective collection and the use of feedback tells your team that you genuinely care about their wellbeing and work performance. This course will share various methods of incorporating feedback as part of your school or district culture. We will also demonstrate multiple methods of delivering feedback and ways to ensure that feedback is being implemented with fidelity.

MC: School Leadership - Session 5 - Goal Setting for Instructional Coaching

Goal setting is an essential part of every coaching relationship. In this course, we will discuss how to set S.M.A.R.T. goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable (or Actionable/Assignable), Realistic (Relevant) and Timely goals for teachers. We will also explore P.E.E.R.S. – Powerful, Easy, Emotionally Compelling, Reachable, and Student-Focused goals to give you different methods for development.

MC: School Leadership - Session 6 - Creating an Effective and Sustainable PD Plan

Identifying and planning professional development can be one of the most challenging tasks we have as leaders. This course will share methods of using student data, the school improvement plan, family engagement, and several other sources to create a professional development plan to support your staff and school community.

MC: School Leadership - Session 7 - Conducting Effective Observations

Many effective coaches and leaders use observations to collect data, later utilizing them as a vehicle to deliver usable and sustainable feedback to their direct reports. What makes a good observation? What do you look for, and what do you do as a leader to coach teachers? This course will share various practices and techniques to support the growth and development of teachers and staff through observations.

MC: School Leadership - Session 8 - Managing Effective Meetings

How many times have you sat in a meeting that could have been addressed by a memo or an email? Time is a valuable commodity, and we need to ensure that the way we ask people to use their time is effective and sustainable. In this session, we are going to share various ways of running an effective meeting, getting the best out of each participant, and how to best manage expectations.

MC: School Leadership - Session 9 - Holding Effective 1:1 Meetings

1:1 meetings are quiet, yet focused, collaboration sessions for employees and supervisors to connect. They provide the chance for you to hear directly from your employees, as this is their time to share. As a supervisor, it’s important to create a space for this. In this course, we will explore various formats for meetings and communication to make the best of both your time as well as your teacher’s time.

MC: School Leadership - Session 10 - Building Strong Family and Community Involvement

Families are as important to the success of a school as the teachers and students. As leaders, it can often be difficult to balance relationships with your community and find the time to be more engaging. This course will give you different strategies and proven methods of engaging families, building involvement, and creating a partnership with the families in your school community.