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Key 4: Leadership



Historically, site leadership has focused on administration and management, but increasing accountability demands have caused site administration to also serve as instructional leaders in mathematics. Indeed, there is evidence that effective site leadership results in increased student achievement. However, it is unrealistic to expect a site leader to be an expert in every academic area, so we see the value in a distributed leadership model in which the site/district math coaches and our team are responsible for supporting teacher growth, while the site leadership is responsible for ensuring the new instructional practices are being effectively implemented in the classroom as anticipated.

We are poised to support site leaders:

  • Understand the instructional improvements and what they might look like in the classroom

  • Effectively and realistically support teachers to improve the quality of instruction

  • Provide feedback to teachers that communicates expectations for ambitious instruction

  • Clarify the roles of site coaches, teacher PLCs, and our team in supporting teachers’ development

  • Analyze and align adopted curriculum and assessment tools to the frameworks and interim assessments (IABs and FIABs).

The SERP 5x8 Card was developed with the standards of mathematical practice in mind to help principals understand the developmental progress of students against those standards. The 5x8 Card was not designed as a teacher evaluation tool. Rather, it is a math observation tool that focuses observers’ attention on what students are saying and doing so that their work (their thinking) can be at the center of educators’ discussions.

The purpose of the Instructional Practice suite of tools is to help teachers and those who support teachers to make the Shifts in instructional practice required by the Common Core and other college- and career-ready standards. The Instructional Practice suite includes resources for coaching, lesson planning, and training support that are all designed to work together. The Instructional Practice Guide (IPG) is designed around Core Actions that encompass the Shifts in instructional practice required by the college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core.