This powerpoint does a great job of summarizing the key points from an inspiring book, Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Danger of Leading. Most teacher leaders feel a tension at some point between being a peer, and influencing others to make changes to improve conditions for students. Change takes time, and may be met with resistance. Linsky and Heifetz provide concrete strategies and concepts for staying detached but passionate when beginning to take on leadership.
This is the first in a series of talks by Jim Knight (author of Instructional Coaching: : A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction). He clearly and thoughtfully begins to answer the questions: How do coaches approach people in ways that increase the likelihood of success in working with them? How can I help teachers set and meet appropriate goals?
When I began coaching and supporting other teachers, this book was essential in helping me to be successful. Throughout this user-friendly text, Knight pinpoints real and precise challenges of working with adults and outlines effective strategies for overcoming them. Each chapter contains first-person stories from coaches, sidebars that highlight key takeaways, additional suggested resources, and ready to use tools for coaches.
It's a tough balance to strike: working fiercely toward goals for your students and your teachers, while also understanding the constant need for adaptation, flexibility and learning from others about how to reach these goals. This blogpost is by a teacher and transformational leadership coach in Oakland Unified School District: Elena Aguilar. The experiences she shares and her comments on them help me feel connected with other teachers engaged in leadership and transformation work.
The New Teacher Project does an awesome job helping teachers transfer their skills and knowledge around teaching students to working with adults. This one-pager lists 7 specific strategies for effectively teaching adults that really work!