Nineteen primary level teams completed the first three days of Lesley University’s Literacy Leadership Team Institute. During this time, six-member school literacy teams – comprised of the principal, the literacy coach, classroom teachers, interventionists, and other key literacy personnel- had the opportunity to explore issues critical to systemic school improvement.
One of my favorite parts of this training is an activity where teams construct a model of their school based on nine components– values and beliefs, leadership, standards, assessment, classroom, teaching, supplemental teaching, home/school community partnerships, professional development and implementation. Each group creates a visual representation that illustrates how they would like these nine components to build and depend upon each other in their school.
Literacy Collaborative is not simply a set of instructional practices. Rather, it is a systematic change effort fueled by the shared vision, values and decision-making capabilities of a strong Literacy Leadership Team. With the guidance of a trained Literacy Coach, effective teams work together to:
- Assess strengths and needs of the literacy effort and direct its implementation
- Understand the rationales for and establish standards for reflection, inquiry, and dialogue
- Achieve broad ownership of problem-solving and outcomes
- Monitor and assess student achievement
- Engage all stakeholders in the change process
An effective Literacy Leadership Team that works to build ownership amongst all stakeholders is a critical factor for a strong implementation. As we begin another school year, here are some suggestions for establishing a Literacy Leadership Team at your school or for strengthening an existing team.