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CULTIVATING LEADERSHIP IN OTHERS

You have to approach the job with a
positive attitude, model behavior, and
see each person's potential."
-Andrew Olson, principal, Progress Village Middle Magnet School
of the Arts, Tampa, FL

the leadership team from teachers
who had the capacity to lead and from
instructional coaches. None were department heads, which ensured that as many
people as possible would have a voice.
Identifying instructional leadership as
a high-need area, McCoy-Mitti began a
twice-monthly, one-hour lesson-tuning
showcase in which teachers meet with
the leadership teams to look critically
at lessons to ensure that activities align
with goals and include critical thinking
and multiple assessments.
The leadership team also creates 100
percent of the school's professional

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development and helps promote the
vision and mission of the school by
"rallying the troops" and creating a sense
of urgency, says McCoy-Mitti.
In fall 2017, McCoy-Mitti assumed
the principalship of Leto and continued
building on her leadership development
program with quarterly highly structured
learning walks. The program includes
four walks a day, with each team visiting
two to three classrooms, followed by a
group debriefing. Six to eight teachers
participate in each walk, including an
instructional team member. Before the
walks, the group sets norms to decide

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what they are looking for, and debriefings
include sharing takeaways and discussing how to implement best practices.
"Our priorities are what we teach,
how we teach, and authentic literacy,"
McCoy-Mitti says. "We make it work by
all pulling together and working collaboratively to overcome barriers."

Overcoming Challenges
The three principals talk about the challenges they have faced in their efforts to
grow leadership in others.
For McCoy-Mitti, it was a "baked-in"
sense of apathy on the part of both



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