Leadership Development for Teachers
School districts today face unprecedented pressure to cut costs. Often, teachers are being asked to assume important new responsibilities in leading Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and related improvement efforts. In response, Pivot Learning Partners has created a new professional development opportunity for teacher leaders. In this workshop series, teacher leaders will learn skills that range from planning meetings to leading data study teams.
The Balanced ELA and Balanced Math programs have been designed with a building block approach in mind. Each content area program begins with a Foundation Day based on the California Frameworks and the academic content standards on which the adopted textbook series are based. Subsequent days of training can be added based on a district’s area of focus: Common Core State Standards, instructional strategies for student engagement, universal access, assessments, instructional planning, intervention, support for English language learners and more. Teachers particularly appreciate having multiple opportunities during the training to observe and plan grade- specific lessons with their colleagues.
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.
Despite a decade of expanding emphasis on closing the English Learner (EL) achievement gap, there are still large numbers of long-term English-Learners who are accumulating considerable academic deficits over time. Most districts facing a significant EL achievement gap fail to address the systemic nature of the problem, and do not integrate EL strategies within a broader approach for improving achievement for all students. Our three-phased approached to closing the EL achievement gap supports whole system change from the district office to the classroom through data analysis, project planning, targeted professional development, regular site-level coaching and the use of evidence-based tools that build the capacity of educators and staff at all levels.
While district and site leaders play a crucial role in developing the systems that support teaching and learning, teachers who are directly engaged with their peers in professional development in a collaborative setting can have a profound effect on student learning. Designed to improve teaching and instruction, Pivot’s offering provides multiple opportunities in a year-long engagement to apply new learning directly to the classroom. A comprehensive intake and needs assessment drives the customized coaching content and the focus of Pivot coaches and teacher teams.