Magazine article The Learning Professional

LEARNING to LEAD

Magazine article The Learning Professional

LEARNING to LEAD

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Three years ago, I was contemplating my application to the Learning Forward Academy. I had heard wonderful things about the opportunity, yet at the same time I had reservations. I was concerned that the experience might not align with my school environment. There seemed to be few graduates from the northeastern United States, an area of the country that often has smaller school systems that operate somewhat differently from the county system used in other states. As I reflect on my experience, I realize that none of that mattered. No matter the size, systems are systems.

I have found my experience with the academy to be rewarding. The network of people, the experiences at the conference, and the new learning I came away with each time we were together has been great. I have been able to use protocols, norms, and resources immediately in my role as staffdeveloper. I am increasingly being seen as a resource to others, especially in the area of the Standards for Professional Learning and the information that comes from Learning Forward.

On a more personal level, I am becoming a stronger leader. I have much more skill in taking risks, modeling, and placing greater value on listening and communication skills. More importantly, I understand the steps to the change process in a way that helps me know how to aid others through their own school culture changes.

Finally, the time I give to getting to know people and paying attention to the human aspect is helping me grow the leadership skills that my organization needs. …

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