Standard 9: Communication.
Effective school leaders practice two-way communications and use appropriate oral, written, and electronic communication and collaboration skills to accomplish school and system goals by building and maintaining relationships with students, faculty, parents, and community.
Actively listens to and learns from students, staff, parents, and community stakeholders;
Recognizes individuals for effective performance;
Communicates student expectations and performance information to students, parents, and community;
Maintains high visibility at school and in the community and regularly engages stakeholders in the work of the school;
Creates opportunities within the school to engage students, faculty, parents, and community stakeholders in constructive conversations about important school issues.
Utilizes appropriate technologies for communication and collaboration; and
Ensures faculty receives timely information about student learning requirements, academic standards, and all other local state and federal administrative requirements and decisions.
Leadership is about communicating the goals and expectations to those that you engage in order for an understanding to be made about the decisions on behalf of your organization. Currently, there are a number of ways to promote your successes, use your tools to produce the best image that you can on behalf of the organization. A leader needs to be actively engaged in the day-to-day operations in order to have their finger on the pulse of the organization.
The Florida Educational Leadership State Standard that I felt co-existed best with leadership is communication. Without good communication within an organization, intentions can be misconstrued, directions and expectations can be unclear, this creates a negative learning environment or one that permeates within the organization.
Budget and Resource Management
Standard 8: School Management.
Effective school leaders manage the organization, operations, and facilities in ways that maximize the use of resources to promote a safe, efficient, legal, and effective learning environment.
Organizes time, tasks and projects effectively with clear objectives and coherent plans;
Establishes appropriate deadlines for him/herself and the entire organization;
Manages schedules, delegates, and allocates resources to promote collegial efforts in school improvement and faculty development; and
Is fiscally responsible and maximizes the impact of fiscal resources on instructional priorities.
How a leader decides to utilize the resources allocated could be the difference between the success or failure of an organization. Instructional leaders have a number of factors to consider when making these decisions that will have long-lasting effects on the students at their school. As I have experienced a nomadic last few years unfortunately, one of the ideals that has remained consistent is make decisions with the best interest of kids at heart. If you do so, things will fall into place for success.
School management is the Florida Educational Leadership standard that closely addresses the fiscal decisions that affect a school. These decisions need to made with the vision of the school in mind, to advance the progression towards the goals that are set by the leadership team within a school.
Continuous Growth and Development
Standard 7: Leadership Development.
Effective school leaders actively cultivate, support, and develop other leaders within the organization.
Identifies and cultivates potential and emerging leaders;
Provides evidence of delegation and trust in subordinate leaders;
Plans for succession management in key positions;
Promotes teacher-leadership functions focused on instructional proficiency and student learning; and
Develops sustainable and supportive relationships between school leaders, parents, community, higher education and business leaders.
A leader is only as strong as the other members of their team. Relationship building is an important aspect of leadership to ensure that you have members who are engaged in making your organization the best it can be. The stakeholders have to understand the commitment of those involved in the future of the community that is served by the school and that this is a partnership that will perpetuate growth and success for those who are committed to this shared perspective.
The development of leaders on your campus is an integral aspect to the success of a school. The standard that addresses School Leadership speaks of the delegation of duties and shared responsibilities throughout a school in order for the school to function and operate as smoothly as possible.
Curriculum and Assessment
Standard 5: Learning Environment.
Effective school leaders structure and monitor a school learning environment that improves learning for all of Florida's diverse student population.
Maintains a safe, respectful and inclusive student-centered learning environment that is focused on equitable opportunities for learning and building a foundation for a fulfilling life in a democratic society and global economy;
Recognizes and uses diversity as an asset in the development and implementation of procedures and practices that motivate all students and improve student learning;
Promotes school and classroom practices that validate and value similarities and differences among students;
Provides recurring monitoring and feedback on the quality of the learning environment;
Initiates and supports continuous improvement processes focused on the students' opportunities for success and well-being.
Engages faculty in recognizing and understanding cultural and developmental issues related to student learning by identifying and addressing strategies to minimize and/or eliminate achievement gaps.
Assessing student learning is an ongoing battle within education. As an educator, I have been concerned with the personal growth of my students, have they learned to implement standards-based teaching in hopes that my students can learn the important aspects of the curriculum while I encourage them in their learning. I facilitate an environment where students feel safe to ask questions, share their opinions, and participate in the learning process.
The Florida State Standard that addresses the learning environment coincides with curriculum and assessment. By utilizing a variety of strategies, assessments (formative and summative), students can experience growth in their learning that will improve their academic performance.
Diversity and Equity
Standard 2: Student Learning as a Priority. Effective school leaders demonstrate that student learning is their top priority through leadership actions that build and support a learning organization focused on student success.
Enables faculty and staff to work as a system focused on student learning;
Maintains a school climate that supports student engagement in learning;
Generates high expectations for learning growth by all students; and
Engages faculty and staff in efforts to close learning performance gaps among student subgroups within the school.
All members of society add value to it. A school setting is the same and our diverse perspectives display how we are able to co-exist despite these differences of opinion. Alternative strategies should be considered and utilized if they can result in student success. By engaging students and creating an atmosphere where they feel cared for, their successes celebrated, they can gain a sense of pride that they will walk with regardless of where they go.
The Florida Educational Leadership standard making student learning the priority aligns with the diversity that is occurring within our schools and mirrors our changing society. The opportunities of life need to be extended to everyone, schools should be a springboard for students, not a hindrance.
Human Resources and Relations
Standard 4: Faculty Development.
Effective school leaders recruit, retain and develop an effective and diverse faculty and staff.
Generates a focus on student and professional learning in the school that is clearly linked to the system-wide strategic objectives and the school improvement plan;
Evaluates, monitors, and provides timely feedback to faculty on the effectiveness of instruction;
Employs a faculty with the instructional proficiencies needed for the school population served;
Identifies faculty instructional proficiency needs, including standards-based content, research-based pedagogy, data analysis for instructional planning and improvement, and the use of instructional technology;
Implements professional learning that enables faculty to deliver culturally relevant and differentiated instruction; and
Provides resources and time and engages faculty in effective individual and collaborative professional learning throughout the school year.
The faculty and staff needs to be interested in continuous growth. There will be tools, strategies, and new information to learn to assist students in their learning, by being actively involved, it models a willingness to learn for our students that can be experienced by participating teachers and staff members.
Florida Educational Standard regarding Faculty development speaks about the important aspects that need to be considered when analyzing the development of a staff in terms of growth and development. By hiring the correct prospective employee, this can thwart the problem of waste of resources, especially when retaining a quality employee.
School and Community Planning
Domain 2: Instructional Leadership:
Standard 3: Instructional Plan Implementation.
Effective school leaders work collaboratively to develop and implement an instructional framework that aligns curriculum with state standards, effective instructional practices, student learning needs and assessments.
Implements the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices as described in Rule 6A-5.065, F.A.C. through a common language of instruction;
Engages in data analysis for instructional planning and improvement;
Communicates the relationships among academic standards, effective instruction, and student performance;
Implements the district's adopted curricula and state's adopted academic standards in a manner that is rigorous and culturally relevant to the students and school; and
Ensures the appropriate use of high quality formative and interim assessments aligned with the adopted standards and curricula.
In today's society where we are focused on standards and how students perform in comparison to others, rigor has to be implemented within the curriculum for students to gain skills to be successful in their futures. Teachers have to be creative and dynamic in their strategies to teach children to ensure that growth takes place for all, touching on multiple intelligences for diversity within a subject matter to be achieved to reach every student in your classroom.
The Florida Educational Leadership standard that aligns with school and community planning discusses the curriculum offered and how it aligns with state requirements to gauge student performance. By collaborating with other subject area experts, teachers can create an inclusive atmosphere that will stimulate learning for their students and growth for the teacher.
Special Needs Staff and Students
Domain 4: Professional and Ethical Behavior:
Standard 10: Professional and Ethical Behaviors.
Effective school leaders demonstrate personal and professional behaviors consistent with quality practices in education and as a community leader.
Adheres to the Code of Ethics and the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida, pursuant to Rules 6B-1.001 and 6B-1.006, F.A.C.
Demonstrates resiliency by staying focused on the school vision and reacting constructively to the barriers to success that include disagreement and dissent with leadership;
Demonstrates a commitment to the success of all students, identifying barriers and their impact on the well-being of the school, families, and local community;
Engages in professional learning that improves professional practice in alignment with the needs of the school system; and
Demonstrates willingness to admit error and learn from it;
Demonstrates explicit improvement in specific performance areas based on previous evaluations and formative feedback.
All members of a community should be valued and respected for their individual contributions that they are able to make to the success of an organization. The lessons that are learned from the interactions with all members within a diverse population are valuable and tell us that we are a lot more alike than different as human beings. The willingness to learn and grow, be introduced to new tools, methods, and ideas to lift students up in expectation and performance.
As a professional educator, it is important that we take the responsibility to mold our children into successful adults that learn and grow from not only interactions with subject material but with each other. The Florida Educational Leadership statue discusses these responsibilities to make school leaders accountable with their decisions to help their students become successful.