1. Recognizing that there are multiple, sometimes even conflicting, pressures on middle management, the most important thing for me to accomplish is
2. Our professional development is based in best practices because we
3. Of all the pressures at the district level, the most frustrating is the focus on results, when everyone knows change takes time. I cope by
Question 1: a
With the additional caveat that it should be a collaborative plan, not just yours, this will enable you to speak with the right amounts of vision, data, and urgency to get political support and cooperation, and give the correct context and direction to responsibilities like answers "b" through "d." See the standards for district supervision in SPIR, and contact SPIR for more information.
Question 2: d
Best practices in professional development (Standard 9) point to the most success with professional learning communities focused on classroom practices. This shifts the district role to developing the capacity of school leaders and site administrators to work well together and understand best practices in science education. They will look for clear and precise information from you to guide them. Consider SPIR professional development to help you understand these new roles for supervisors and find a professional learning community of your own.
Question 3: c
This part of your responsibilities is handled best by having a comprehensive plan that has measureable short-term goals (SPIR Standard 2). Then use best practices in data-driven decision making when working with colleagues at all levels. Find out more about how to incorporate this into your approach by contacting SPIR staff.
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