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By Nancy J. Mooney

This is often our 3rd institution development plan! Why aren t we seeing any effects? we now have all of this knowledge, yet we don t comprehend what to do with it! What does this workshop need to do with the targets we set for our college? lots of this present day s university leaders have all of the most up-to-date instruments, thoughts, and courses for faculty development. regrettably, a few leaders fail to create genuine, sustainable effects for his or her colleges simply because they use one or flavor-of-the-month suggestions with no connecting everything jointly for genuine development. In Align the layout: A Blueprint for faculty development, Nancy J. Mooney and Ann T. Mausbach emphasize the significance of coordinating crucial institution development procedures to extend employees potential, increase scholar fulfillment, and enhance powerful faculties. The authors express tuition leaders easy methods to use energy instruments to advance powerful curriculum utilize their tuition s facts Create winning university development plans enforce beneficial expert improvement periods and workshops Use effective supervisory thoughts Foster management for faculty development each one bankruptcy comprises own reflections from the authors and lists of touchstone texts that experience encouraged their efforts. At a time whilst university leaders are attempting to translate pressing demands greater fulfillment into activities that paintings, Align the layout offers specialist information and useful instruments that may aid educators paintings extra purposefully jointly to create larger faculties for his or her scholars.

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Devise a system that ensures that anything produced, such as the scope and sequence or a curriculum map, is viewed by both vertical and grade-level teams. This may seem like common sense, but the sheer volume of work that is produced during a curriculum revision is daunting, and it takes a systematic approach to maintain coherence and quality. DON’T Don’t write activities or lessons. At the district level, these documents should serve as a guide only. Spending time writing lessons and activities is ineffective for several reasons.

It’s the curriculum leader’s job to make sure that any program implemented in the district aligns with the teaching and learning goals for a specific content area. It’s up to the leader to avoid tantalizing quick-fix programs. Programs won’t improve schools; quality teachers who work with leaders to align school improvement processes will improve schools. Well-documented research states that teacher quality is one of the most significant variables that influence student achievement (Darling-Hammond, 1997; Haycock, 1998; Ingersoll, 2003).

This process can be accomplished by using formal steps and group processes to create a school or district vision statement. indd 33 1/30/2008 7:52:32 AM Align the Design at the end of this chapter include references that show how to create a vision statement. Creating written vision statements contributes to school unity and clarifies the direction of the work for everyone. Vision statements are valuable and necessary, as long as the effort expended in creating them results in a vision and not just a statement.

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