T4TLA Lessons Learned
Thank you to the T4TLA team members who presented during and participated in the Community of Practice on July 22nd. As you continue to implement mentoring, induction, and talent development initiatives, remember these lessons learned shared by T4TLA members during the final CoP:
- Establishing and maintaining a partnership between SEAs and LEAs develops capacity at both levels and brings more resources to helping high needs schools address critical needs for educator talent.
- Data-driven, evidence-based continuous improvement planning is essential to achievement of outcomes. Respond to data immediately.
- Sustainability requires adaptability to changing conditions.
- Create protocols for and conduct exit interviews; it is important to understand departures and use that information in your planning.
- LEA leaders need to assist principals to develop relationships and guide the process; do not assume that principals know how or desire to effectively support teacher leadership.
- As initiatives are scaled-up, respecting the pace of individual districts in their implementation continuum is critical.
- Monitor implementation with measurable indicators and include exemplars for standards of performance.
Then, rinse and repeat! This is hard work. Revisit lessons learned to anticipate obstacles and plan appropriate adjustments. Most importantly, remember to celebrate your accomplishments—big wins and small!
Want to learn more?
Check out the mentoring and induction toolbox developed to support implementation in Indiana.