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ERIC Number: EJ868276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
The Power of Two
Sterrett, William L.; Haas, Matthew
Educational Leadership, v67 n2 p78-80 Oct 2009
Although professional learning communities have gained wide acceptance as a way for teachers to support one another's learning, there is less attention paid to the need for principals to meet together to enhance learning and leadership. Three years ago Sterrett (an elementary school principal) and Haas (a high school principal in the same district) realized that they needed a nonthreatening place to share frustrations and exchange strategies. They began meeting together at each other's schools for an hour or two once a month to air problems, brainstorm solutions, and share their latest learning about education issues. Some of their best ideas for improving instruction came out of these monthly tete-a-tetes. The authors share six norms they follow to ensure their monthly mini-learning community remains fruitful: honoring each other's time; moving from complaining to problem solving; focusing on improving instruction; being honest and noncompetitive; including time to observe instruction; and spurring each other's professional growth. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 11; Grade 4; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A