Increasing student achievement through supporting leadership growth
The Network takes a two-pronged approach to leadership development: it positions the leader’s learning in the immediate context of the leader’s major responsibility- which is to improve student learning in her/his school. Research-based evidence regarding experiential learning for leaders, the TLN asks each principal to formulate a plan for her/his growth that is directly tied to her/his leadership tasks arising from the implementation of strategies to improve specific teaching and learning practices.
This model works in alignment with the MDOE’s Maine’s Model of School Support as it honors the substantial diversity among schools. Principals identify significant leadership challenges they face and then construct a Leader Learning Plan (LLP) around one or two of those challenges. TLN sessions are designed to assist in this planning but, most importantly, to support each principal’s pursuit of skills, knowledge bases, and resources to enhance her/his leadership effectiveness.
Benefits for Maine Schools
Provides an environment and rigorous involvement that fosters leadership growth
Increases student achievement and fosters a culture of high expectations
Enhances teacher quality, retention, and recruitment
Improves leadership, transforms instruction and student achievement
Bridged with readings and job-embedded application of key concepts
2 hour virtual monthly sessions and 3 in-person full days over 8 months