The role of instructional leadership in teaching and learning by Q7FZLLB

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									Instructional leadership: The role of
  promoting teaching and learning
       EMASA Conference 2011 Presentation


                 Mathakga Botha
             Wits school of Education
                  Agenda
• Background
• Roles of instructional leadership
• Use of assessment data to improve teaching
  and learning
• framework for data-driven decision making
• Creation of professional learning communities
• Action to initiate change in schools
  Roles of instructional leadership
• share a common vision and goals to bring about
  change
• have a key role to play in increasing the performance of
  pedagogical leadership practice in their schools
• focus on activities maximising learning outcomes and
  learner performance
• Leadership engage the whole school in conversations
  concerning meaningful use of assessment data
• use of data for inquiry and decision making
• to create professional learning communities and
  encourage participation and leadership
   Use of data to improve teaching
            and learning
• a tool to enable school leaders and teachers to implement
  change in schools
• promote a culture of high standards and the use of
  appropriate assessment for improving learning
• to use data to understand where learners are academically
• to establish improvement plans that are targeted
• effective when teacher decisions about instructional
  effectiveness are based on assessments of learners’ actual
  proficiencies in various skill areas
• understand and use of a continuum from data to information,
  to building knowledge
                  Framework for Data-Driven decision making


                                              INFORMATION
                                                                        Decision
                                               Prioritize

                    KNOWLEDGE

                    Summarize                  Synthesize

  DATA
                                                                         Implement
Organize                Analyze

                                                            feed-back



  Collect                         feed-back

            feed-back
                                                                         Impact
       Challenges of using data
• problems with the format of the data
• schools have difficulty analysing and
  interpreting data
• teachers not using relevant educational
  questions to enable them analyse data
• data not used to understand how learners
  think
• schools having difficulties making linkages
  between data and improvement strategies.
Professional Learning Communities to
   promote teaching and learning
• all educators to engage in collaborative
  discussions
• shift in schools thinking and the structure of
  their professional development
• allows school leadership and teachers to
  communicate and share their classroom
  encounters
• understand issues that need intervention to
  improve learner achievement
  Challenges of professional learning
            communities
• vague understanding of a community’s depth
  of ‘shared beliefs’, ‘interdependency’, and
  ‘meaningful relationships’
• existence of competing tensions
  uncomfortable
• critical nature of the communal learning
  challenging and ambiguous work
• Teachers’ lack understanding of the nature of
  the interdependence required
  School leadership action to initiate
           change in schools

• Encourage collaboration towards promoting
  effective teaching and learning;
• provide a school culture that aims for high
  standards of achievement;
• have common beliefs about reform to improve
  learner achievement;
• create capacity building that provides consistency
  and focuses collectively on learner problems, to
  find solutions;
• share teaching practices to promote higher
  standards of learning.

								
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