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Accountable leaders engage teachers to improve student achievement. These leaders apply key skills in three areas – employee growth, communication, and recognition – because they recognize:

Teachers are what make great schools.

Great teachers are those who achieve student learning goals during the school year and thus create satisfied students and parents.

Great leaders recruit, retain, coach, and support effective teaching in their schools.

Here’s the twist:

Most of us know what to do. Even so, we fail to ALWAYS do what we know. “Usually” and “Sometimes” are not good enough, and “never” must never occur.

The Ten Leader Always Actions™ to engage teachers describe what it takes for leaders to coach and support teachers to become great and to improve student learning results.

The results these actions yield are undeniable. Through teacher satisfaction survey results, we have learned that leaders who learn and apply these actions with teachers develop teachers that are more satisfied with their work and gain a renewed belief that they are making a difference in the lives of their students.

Jim Collins begins his best-selling book, Good to Great, stating, “Good is the enemy of great.” He specifically suggests that most people perceive schools to be good, but few judge them as great. We contend that great teachers make great schools and that most have a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of their students. It’s dedicated support from school leaders, who refuse to settle for a “good” school or “good” teachers, that can help good teachers become great.

 

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Our mission at Studer Education’s EBL K12 is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. To do this we partner with teachers and leaders to create results-oriented school cultures. Visit us online at http://eblk12.com to learn more about Studer Education and Evidence-Based Leadership in K12. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the sixth straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.