My experience at the Virginia Leadership Institute for Professional Developers was meaningful and engaging. Helen, Dana, and Jocelyn did an amazing job facilitating our professional learning. The most helpful components for me were the discussions regarding our role as coaches, developing and sharing a SIM overview, and hearing tips from other educators about using the Content Enhancement Routines.
One take-away that I had from our coaching conversations, was that coaching doesn't work if it doesn't include the principles of effective professional learning. I learned the importance of targeting leadership development in the areas of inclusive practices and coaching support for administrators before working with teachers to learn and implement Content Enhancement Routines. Without a solid structure of support in place first, fidelity of implementation might suffer.
In developing the SIM overview, I was able to partner with my co-worker to complete the task. I found this activity to be meaningful because we have been able to use the overview to lead professional learning opportunities for schools in improvement. It amazing that everyone at the institute, including the facilitators, were willing to share materials in order to increase the quality of our work.
I documented several tips on how to support administrators and teachers in choosing a Content Enhancement Routine. Now, I feel more prepared to guide these conversations by using data as a starting point. I also will use the SMARTER Planning tool to assist teachers in developing higher-order questions prior to teaching a concept, teaching explicitly, and reflecting on student outcomes.