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As an instructional leader,
I'm an avid believer that
you need to walk alongside
your teachers. We have
to be in the classrooms,
we have to be present, we
have to listen, and we have
to encourage them."
-Angie Wright, principal, Craig Elementary
School, Lawrenceville, GA

Schmit: This is where my age comes
into play. As a principal for 18 years,
it's trial and error. Early in my career, I
offered professional development to
our staff, and it was a one-size-fits-all
type of thing. And it was OK. But as I
grew as a leader, I realized we expect
teachers to differentiate their lessons for
their learners. So, why should we not, as
administrators, differentiate our professional development for our teachers?
For example, in the area of technology, why should some teachers sit
through the basics of spreadsheets
when they can move on to the intricacies

of e-class pages? We began differentiating instruction. Now, we offer four levels
of technology staff development.
Our next step involves teachers
observing in other teachers' classrooms,
and taking the time to debrief after those
visits. It's been hugely effective.
Wright: One of the areas that I had to
grow in as a leader was increasing my
level of engagement when presenting
new learning to the teachers. I wanted
to create an environment where teachers were doing the heavy lifting in their
learning, versus me doing it. Through
the National School Reform Faculty, I

was able to develop as a facilitator in
utilizing protocols. I could then create an
environment where I presented content
that the teacher needed to determine
what was valuable and how it could be
implemented into instruction.
In addition, I knew that I had to
develop more leaders in the building. At
times, teachers listen to other teachers
more than they listen to administrators.
They need a practitioner who's doing
the work that we're asking them to do.
In each grade level, we developed two
facilitators in the areas of language arts
and mathematics. Their roles are to help

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