In yesterday’s What’s Right post I transferred the message from those public service announcements that played in the 70’s and 80’s (“Hey, it’s late! [Do you know] where your children are!”?) to school leaders: “It’s nearly October, do you know where your teachers are?” There are simple tools available for learning where teachers are, allowing us as school leaders to alleviate challenges and recognize great performance of our teachers.
Rounding for Outcomes on Teachers, as taught by Studer Education and described in Chapter 4 of the book How to Lead Teachers to Become Great, encourages leaders to meet briefly with every team member, to ask:
- What’s working well today?
- Is there anyone I should recognize?
- Do you have the tools and equipment you need to do your job?
- How could we improve?
As leaders, when we round for outcomes on our teachers using these 4 simple questions, we know where are teachers are, and are better able to meet their needs as the year progresses. Read a previous blog post about a great school where rounding happens regularly. Find a helpful template for a specialized new-hire rounding session from OU Medicine, a Studer Group partner.
It’s nearly October, do you know where your teachers are?
Special thanks to Guest Blogger Melissa Matarazzo for authoring this post. Melissa Matarazzo is a Research Fellow at Studer Education and a doctoral candidate in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Urban Superintendents Program. Melissa most recently served as the Executive Director for Achievement and Accountability in the Charleston County (SC) School District. Prior to her work in South Carolina, Melissa served as a middle school principal in the Peabody (MA) Public Schools, and as an 8th grade teacher and assistant principal in the Derry (NH) Cooperative School District. Melissa has served as a supervisor of teacher interns at the College of Charleston, SC and an adjunct instructor at American International College in Springfield, MA. Follow Melissa on Twitter at @LrngLdr.
Read Part 1 of Melissa’s post, “It’s Nearly October, Do You Know Where Your Teachers Are? (Part 1 of 2)” in our What’s Right blog here.
Success at Toledo Blade Elementary School. Read blog here.
OU Medicine. 30 and 90 – Day New Employee Retention Meetings. Template available 09.26.2013 online here.
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