Schools serve as the center of the community and are nested within the larger context of the neighborhood, city, county, state, nation, and global community. Within the school-site, schools are nested with grade levels, departments, programs, classrooms, families, and individual scholars. In today’s modern learning environment, understanding our “nest” helps us best understand what’s next for our learners and leaders.Let’s focus on the school community nest. Dr. Richard Halverson, Associate Dean for Innovation, Outreach, and Partnerships alongside his role as Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW-Madison School of Education has developed powerful tools to help us understand the role of leadership in schools. These tools can help us distribute leadership and focus on the tasks that matter. In our current disruptive environment, these tasks and tools can help frame our nested efforts.
As you add tools to your box, Halverson’s Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) Rubric (2005) is a research-driven resource that provides guidance for educators: The School Leadership Rubrics define a range of observable leadership and instructional practices that characterize more and less effective schools. These rubrics provide a metric for identifying and assessing school-wide instructional leadership tasks, recognizing that the principal is a single actor in a complex web of activity that influences student learning. The rubrics were developed by Professor Rich Halverson, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Learning, drawing on a significant body of research on school effectiveness. The rubrics are divided into 21 subdomains, grouped in five domains to reflect the tasks school leaders focus on to improve teaching and learning:
1. Focus on Learning
2. Monitoring Teaching and Learning
3. Building Nested Learning Communities
4. Acquiring and Allocating Resources
5. Maintaining Safe and Effective Learning Environment
As we continue to mine for more information, focusing in on the domain of nested learning communities we find the following sub-domains:
These sub-domains add additional lenses for inquiry into how we support our nested learning communities. How are you able to access this information in your system?
Questions for Your Community:
As you think about your nest, and what’s next in your learning community:
With many decisions facing schools, we’re left with more questions than answers. K12 360° can support data for understanding and making decisions in your nested learning community. We are all in this together!
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(*) Download the PDF to learn more about the rubrics created by Professor Richard Halverson with the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Learning.Halverson, Richard. “School Leadership Rubrics.” CALL Rubrics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, web.education.wisc.edu/halverson/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2012/09/CALL-Rubrics.pdf.