"...You know why we're the most powerful nation in the world. It's not just the example of our power, it's the power of our example."
I have been thinking about the power of example I am creating/exhibiting to those I interact with on a daily basis, both in my personal and professional life.
As an administrator in a PK-12 school system, one of my responsibilities is to help facilitate our Teacher Leadership program. As we were meeting with our #BCTLT last Friday, the topic of what is our "example of power" as a team came up during our book study conversation.
#BCTLT had the pleasure of learning from Elena Aguilar in August 2015 and we have used her resources in our learning ever since.
In Aguilar's book The Art of Coaching Teams, Chapter 3 focuses on creating a culture of trust. When our teacher leadership team was discussing Chapters 3 & 4 of The Art of Coaching Teams, one of our IC's said she had used a resource from the book on checking with your teams temperature with a grade level team. I thought to myself, this is an incredible "Power of our example".
By following this process, she helped create a space where people shared their own thoughts and listened -- really listened to others! When we take advantage of opportunities to build trust we help build powerful learning environments. Having reflective conversations improves our ability to work together and collaborate which is connected to collective teacher efficacy and leadership.
Peter DeWitt will be sharing his learning and experience on Collective Leadership in April 2018 at the FFA Enrichment Center with Iowa ASCD.
In his book, Collaborative Leadership,
he describes collective teacher efficacy this way:
I hope one of the "power of our examples" at Benton Community is supporting collaborative leadership and collective teacher efficacy on a daily basis to impact our student learning experiences.