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CULTIVATING LEADERSHIP IN OTHERS

other teachers by meeting weekly with
subject-area teachers to facilitate their
professional learning community (PLC)
planning and also overall schoolwide
professional development. In addition,
Talent Developers organize quarterly
peer observation walk-throughs, which
focus on specific subjects, such as data
management and lesson design.
The Team Leaders take on a few
of the duties traditionally assigned
to administrators. They consist of six
teachers, two for each grade level-one
educates teachers on data, attendance,
and behavior, while the other oversees
interventions and coordinates student

success programs, such as the Student
of the Month program.
Olson has also instituted a monthly
Tea Party, a presentation that allows
each teacher to share knowledge with
colleagues. Rotating among teachers,
the presentations can focus on any topic
of interest to the presenter, whether it be
an article, a TED Talk, a study, or something else.
"Knowing your people and creating the
right opportunities is key," Olson says.

Layers of Leadership
At the K-5, 400-student Lanier
Elementary School, building leadership is
Photo courtesy of Lifetouch Photography

lottery-based, with a consistently high
demand for limited slots.
Working from the belief that there
are opportunities for everyone to
lead, Olson, during his five years
as principal, has created a range of
formal and informal options to promote
and encourage the development of
leadership skills in his staff. Playing a
central role are Olson's two teacher
leadership teams: Talent Developers
and Team Leaders.
The Talent Developers consist of two
subject-area coaches: a math/science
coach and an English language arts/
social studies coach. They help develop

Less is more. It's about having the right people. And
because trust is key, their roles are not evaluative."
-Rachael O'Dea, principal, Lanier Elementary School, Tampa, FL

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