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Building a Culture of Growth: Leadership Teams

How do leadership teams promote a culture of growth?

"Leadership is action, not position." —Donald McGannon, executive

Safe, effective schools require leadership at every level: students, parents, teachers, administrators, support and operations staff. Leadership is not about the formal title one has, but about the actions and behaviors that one demonstrates. 

Leadership teams offer a structure for shared leadership and decision making. Shared leadership promotes a culture of growth and builds trust within a school community because it provides the opportunity for all voices to be represented and heard. 

Learning Target

I can explain structures and practices that promote relational trust and a growth mindset for adults.

Read: Teams Built for Learning

Central Beliefs about Leadership TeamsAn overview of EL Education's beliefs about the function and structure of school leadership teams. 

Guidelines for Leadership Teams: Guidelines for structuring and ensuring effective leadership teams.

Criteria for a High-Functioning Leadership Team: Indicators to measure the effectiveness of a school leadership team.

As you read, think about your aspirations, alignments, achievements, and adjustments regarding school leadership teams. You may download this 4 A's Protocol Recording Form for a more detailed description and to support your thinking.


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Lebanon School Work PlanA school work plan example that illustrates the strategic thinking that grounds all the work of the leadership team and the decisions that a leadership team makes.

Work Plan CriteriaCriteria indicators for a quality work plan. 

How Schools Can Improve Student Achievement: A summary of research about factors that influence student achievement including relational trust and other research-based practices.

Discuss & Plan

With colleagues, discuss the following questions.

  1. Go back to your 4 A's Protocol responses. 
  2. Compare your responses to those of your colleagues. 
    - To what extent were they similar? 
    - To what extent were they different? 
    - If there were discrepancies, what does that signal for you as a team?
  3. What new understanding do you have about the function of a school leadership team?
  4. What do you think is the right next step toward developing a highly effective school leadership team?
    - Can you reach a consensus with colleagues about the right next step?