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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Elementary School Distributive Leadership: Democratic Model

As schools branch out from old time hierarchical models of administration to distributive leadership, what does that look like?

Essentially the model provides opportunities for teams of teachers to work together within and between their main areas of responsibility. For example a grade-level educator would work with the grade level team including specialists and special educators, and also work with a cross-school curriculum-targeted teams.

I drew the model below to demonstrate how this might work. I believe this is important because like a series of interlocking gears, this kind of model creates a flow of information share and curriculum development that's inclusive, transparent, team building, and forward moving.

Essential to this process is that teams use effective process to share ideas and develop curriculum. The processes need to be authentic and not just created to fill a dictate, but to truly replicate the strength of living systems' collaborative work--the kind of work that empowers team members to speak up, work together, create, and collaborate to maximize the collective genius of an organization. 


School District
Administrators Meet Regularly To Oversee the Intersections,
Ideas, and Efforts of the Multiple Teams of Leadership Below.

School Committee Meetings and Efforts

Elementary Schools:  Teams within schools intersect in various ways to build strong culture focused on wise action and students' positive academic development and holistic experience/result of school.

    school one
families and students/school council
k
1
2
3
4
5

art
music
tech
library
PE
Inst.
Special Educators/Therapists/Counseling/Paras
Admin/Office Staff/Custodial
       school two
families and students/school council
k
1
2
3
4
5

art
music
tech
library
PE
Inst.
Special Education/Therapists/Counseling/Paras
Principal-Office Staff-Custodial
      school three
families and students/school council
K
1
2
3
4
5

art
music
tech
library
PE
Inst.
Special Education/Therapists/Counseling/Paras
Principal/Office Staff/Custodial
Elementary
Curriculum
Teams
include
Directors and
Coaches, and are led by the team in authentic, transformative ways. Report to all publicly.

Every member
Of School
Teaching Teams
Serves on one or more
Curriculum teams. This includes grade-level teachers, paras, specialists, special educators, admin, and counselors.

Curriculum teams include rep from K-5, specialists, special ed groups

Adding student and family members to these teams would empower even more.

Writing
Reading
Math
STEAM
PBL
Inter-
disciplinary
Social
Studies
Science

Curriculum teams meet
Regularly, post notes, reflect on, revise, enrich, and modify curriculum as needed--
essentially ongoing curriculum development in
Inclusive ways.
K-12
Curriculuum
Teams include district admin and representatives from all stakeholders. The teams lead with collaborative effort. Report to all publicly.

Meet regularly w/reps
From elementary
Middle school
And
High school

Notes are posted. Teachers are fairly represented.

Charge is the k-12 continuum of good teaching
And
Learning

Adding family members and students to these teams would empower more.


Guidance
ELA
Math
Science
Social
Studies
Technology
The Arts
Wellness







Middle School
(note that this would be detailed like K-5 by MS staff)













High School

(would be outlined by HS staff similar to K-5 to note groups)