ACTE Techniques February 2014 - (Page 10)

Leadership Matters Literacy-Learners to Leaders: Our Journey for literacy transformation did not happen overnight, but was developed when administration built a culture of trust through strong, professional relationships, open communication and a clear vision for the future. These principles were paramount for instructional leadership to take place. Theodore Roosevelt once said, "No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care." Instructional leadership does not dictate change from the top down, but realizes administration and staff are partners in the Photo courtesy of Sheila Grimm The SCCTC school-wide literacy transformation sparked innovation beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom. By Sheila Grimm and Amy Schakat STUDENTS OFTEN CHOOSE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) because it provides them with the type of learning experience that will allow them to transition from high school to college or the world of work with ease. One component that often divides students in the classroom and in the workplace is the level at which they are literate. In his white All," Willard R. Daggett stated: "There is clearly a disparity between high school students' reading skills and the reading Literacy Is the Key If literacy is the key to success in life, what do you do when a large portion of your student population is reading far below grade level? What do you do when you know your students have the technical skills, but their scores on the industrycredentialing exams and other high-stakes the problem head-on by providing instructional leadership, empowering teachers and fostering innovative thinking. Providing Instructional Leadership for much of the reading they will do in their lives."1 10 Techniques February 2014 begins from deep inside a system when a few people notice something they will no longer tolerate, or respond to a dream of what's possible."2 The transformation at istrators alike could no longer tolerate student success being minimized by literacy needs. The dream for the school was for all students to reach their literacy potential. Providing instructional leadership through relationships developed into a building-wide culture of encouraging staff input, analyzing data and developing an internal schedule that communicated a focus on teaching and learning. The best ideas, thoughts and data were only as strong as the relationships fostered between staff and administration. It is only when teachers feel valued, understood and supported that instructional leadership can occur. port meant bringing the team together to accomplish the school-wide literacy goal, not handing down judgments and merely

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACTE Techniques February 2014

Leading Edge
Classroom Connection
Leadership Matters
Capitol View
Q and A
Celebrating CTE's Successes
Celebrating One of CTE's Strongest Advocates
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Tornado Spawned
Rebuilding With Education
Making CTE Work Through CTSOs
The Power of CTSOs
A Recap of ACTE's CareerTech Vision 2013
Using Tests to Improve Student Achievement
Ground Source Heat Pumps: From Green to Gold
Inside ACTE
Career Curve

ACTE Techniques February 2014