The Texas Instructional Leadership (TIL) Program consists of a suite of training addressing the TIL Modules:
♦ Action Coaching (Observation and Feedback)
Provides campus and district leaders opportunities to develop proficiency in establishing and coaching toward effective instructional practices in every classroom. It blends the practices and principles in Paul Bambrick-Santoyo's book Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers with the T-TESS appraisal framework.
Action Coaching introduces a paradigm shift in the way we view teacher observation, and suggests that the primary purpose of observation and feedback is not to evaluate a teacher but to develop them. In Action Coaching, you grow educators by letting them See It, Name It, and Do It – see a model of success, name the bite-size steps that lead to growth, and practice actually doing those steps to sharpen skills.
♦ Data-Driven Instruction
A highly effective research-based training that requires deep analysis of student work. Administrators lead teachers on how to spend less time teaching students what they already know and more time on what they need. It also answers the question, “How do I know if my students are learning? And if they aren’t, what do I do?”
First – teachers develop content knowledge by unpacking standards and analyzing aligned assessment items. Then they look at actual student responses, not just percent mastery, to identify the gap between what students show and what they need to know. Finally, they create and practice a targeted reteach plan focused solely on their students’ gaps. Campuses that have engaged in this training have seen huge increases in student mastery.
♦ Lesson Alignment
Lesson Alignment trains leaders how to guide their teachers to build effective daily lesson plans that will drive student learning. As well as, how to monitor that planning to see which parts are working and which aren’t, and how to coach teachers to master the skills they need to make their planning consistently effective.
♦ Formative Assessment
A key piece to the effective planning of effective instruction is that curriculum plans, and assessments work together. TIL trains leaders how to guide their teachers to craft rigorous and aligned daily and weekly assessments that will support analysis of student mastery and gaps, and how to coach their teachers to master the skills of assessment writing and analysis to ensure their continuous improvement in designing formative assessments by using: aggressive monitoring & show call, responding to formative assessment with reteach, and coaching formative assessment. Note: Lesson Alignment is a pre-requisite to the Formative Assessment Module; they are paired to work hand in hand.
♦ School-wide Culture Routines
Culture is not formed by motivational speeches or statements of values. It is formed by the repeated practice of good habits. Leaders of schools with a strong student culture don’t achieve it through sheer force of personality. They develop a vision for each part of the school day, and then bring their vision for excellence to life by building systems that enable teachers, students, and anyone else on their campus to know what they should be doing at all parts of the day with a high level of detail. They lead with consistency and by calmly modeling for staff how to maintain emotional constancy and reset expectations when procedures break down.
The School-wide Culture Routines Module trains leaders to develop their cultural vision and the systems to bring that vision to reality, monitor it throughout the year, and how to intervene when necessary to ensure it stays strong.