What Are the Necessary Leadership Responsibilities in a PLC?
There is nothing like the beginning of the school year. Everywhere you look, new opportunities are popping up, new ideas are being developed, and school leaders are planning to best meet the needs of students. As one of those leaders, I, too, am planning for what works best.
In School Leadership That Works (Marzano, Walters, & McNulty), the authors identify 21 leadership responsibilities that have an effect on student learning. Albeit all are important, certain ones are essential for a leader who is fostering that razor-sharp focus on learning that is present in a high-functioning professional learning community.
The responsibilities that we at Fort Leavenworth believe to be vital for administrators working in a PLC include: change agent; communication; input; involvement in curriculum, instruction, and assessment; knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Focusing administratively on these responsibilities throughout the year will help learning leaders create a culture where all students learn at high levels.
Based on the words of Sir Josiah Stamp, "It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities." As learning leaders, we drive the culture of our school. We have a professional obligation to choose our responsibilities carefully so that we create a culture focused on learning and not on teaching. The five responsibilities mentioned above are vital if we want to move forward as a PLC.
I believe these responsibilities play an important role in developing and sustaining the culture in Fort Leavenworth schools. Our leaders lead with specific behaviors and characteristics identified through these responsibilities, and because of those behaviors, the culture is stronger and more well-defined. Identification of responsibilities (and the behaviors that correspond to them) help our administration keep the sharp focus needed as they start the school year.
As a school leader, what are your ideas about the necessary leadership responsibilities?
Are yours different than ours?
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