Teachers, Principals, and Community Members


Teachers need to become involved in schoolwide issues rather than just the specifics of their classrooms. This new role means participating as active members on one or more teacher decision-making teams, engaging in multiple professional development activities, working to change their curriculum and pedagogical repertoire, joining professional networks to talk about and work on new aspects of professional practice, working with colleagues to develop a sense of professional community and a schoolwide set of effective teaching strategies, and taking responsibility for the student achievement results of their collective efforts.


Principals need to trade their direct leadership role for one that allows teachers to make decisions. Principals need to:

Community Members

Community members need to become involved in setting school policy by serving on a school site's council, communicating community needs and expectations for student performance through the council membership, and providing specific resources and other support for the school as it develops and implements new strategies.

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