Feedback and Leadership
Feedback and Leadership, part of the SURN Learning Leaders workshop series, is designed for principals, assistant principals, leadership team members, and central office leaders.
Feedback is one of the top ten most positive influences on student learning and achievement. At the heart of feedback is the premise that data collected on teacher and student performance should be used to reflect on practice and identify discrepancies between intended learning outcomes and what actually happens in our classrooms. In order for feedback to be effective, leaders need to provide “just-in-time, just-for-me information delivered when and where it can do the most good” (Brookhart, 2008, p.1). Feedback is a low-cost, high-yield leadership essential that can boost performance, efficacy, and learning climate in schools; however, much feedback is fraught with evaluative overtones and complex issues that limit impact.
How can school leaders provide feedback that is timely, useful, productive, and meaningful? In this one day session, we will explore the functions and values of feedback to teachers, practice giving and receiving feedback, discuss options for when feedback falls flat, and learn strategies for transferring feedback into coherent, aligned, and measurable action in the classroom. Participants are invited to bring their real-world examples for strategy sessions. The workshop is designed for active participation as we learn with and from each other how to support a rich culture for deeper learning in our classrooms and schools. This workshop is appropriate for school leaders, teacher leaders, and any central office leaders who visit classrooms and provide feedback to teachers.
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