In this time of remote emergency teaching, school leaders are, more than ever, relied on by their systems and teams, to ensure the safety, well-being and learning of students and staff. While the mode of delivery might be different, much of the role of the school leader still centers on good practice for effective teams. In their chapter, Foundation for Effective School Faculty Meetings (from Leading Effective Meeting, Teams and Work Groups in Districts and Schools) the authors assert that whenever a leader meets with team members there are three purposes to consider as part of their role:
- To build relationships among staff. Many teachers may feel isolated from their colleagues, which can in turn make them feel alienated from their work. Building relationships with colleagues is necessary for them to feel engaged.
- To solve problems and make decisions. Sometimes, critical decisions require input from the entire school community. Specifically, when decisions require follow through by staff to make them impactful, feeling heard and respected allows staff to buy in and move forward as a team.
- To focus on professional development. Because staff meetings are among the few occasions when the entire staff is together, they provide a precious opportunity for systematically building the instructional capacity of teachers. Learning together is a powerful way to make sure staff understand one another and are all working towards the same goals.
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