Leadership Development for Principals
Offered in three regions throughout the state, participating principals attend five interactive workshop sessions and receive four follow up cohort coaching sessions. Using Pivot Learning’s Leadership Cycle as a framework, the Collaborative is geared to develop the critical leadership skills necessary for powerful site-level leadership and exceptional student achievement.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represent an opportunity for districts to make some very high leverage changes in how they support the improvement of teaching and learning. Implementing the Common Core also presents multi-faceted leadership and system-building challenges that Pivot is prepared to help districts address.
Pivot coaches work onsite with principals to analyze problems, identify improvement opportunities, draft plans and follow up on professional development to make sure new ideas actually get implemented. Our systems change coaches use a range of both process skills and research-based best practices to work with individuals and small groups on behalf of the whole system. Our coaching model can be customized for individuals or groups.
Pivot Learning offers high-quality, research-based interactive professional development for principals. Topics include but are not limited to: leadership training; establishing and leveraging PLCs; using cycles of inquiry to improve teaching and learning; supervising teachers; understanding how to use the Common Core State Standards as a catalyst for improved teaching, learning and leading. Our professional development applies Pivot’s Leadership Cycle as a mental model for establishing systems and guiding changes that improve student achievement at your school.
We believe that when a school is identified as “persistently low achieving,” it is a call to action for the entire school community and district office to think in more creative and ambitious ways about serving their students. We know that “school transformation” is an achievable goal, but research demonstrates that it is almost impossible without outside help. Pivot Learning Partners can serve as a district’s school turnaround partner, providing expert consulting, technical assistance, professional development, coaching, and even grant writing and fundraising support. Currently Pivot serves as the SIG partner for several districts and schools across California.
To make a difference, classroom walkthroughs need to be different from evaluation and more than a check for implementation. The Instructional Rounds model developed by Richard Elmore and his colleagues at Harvard focuses classroom visits on providing both teachers and administrators with feedback on problems of practice that they themselves have defined. The result is a process that has the potential to sharpen the focus of an entire system on teaching and learning while it generates important data and information to guide the work of teacher PLCs. Our training can include coaching to help schools both define their Problems of Practice and also embrace and use findings from the Rounds process.