Mike McMahon AUSD
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Leading To Learn

As an elected School Board member I am part of a six person leadership team that makes policy decisions for Alameda schools. In my leadership role I want encourage dialogue within the Alameda community about education. This summary as well my summary of Leading Change are intended to provide a framework for discussions as it relates to Educational Equity/Excellence in Alameda.

On a district level we need to recognize the impact of the District practices on equitable educational access. In order to create capacity for sustainable, district-wide instructional delivery improvement we need to study other district models.

With the June 24th, 2003 passage of the AUSD Strategic Plan for 2003-2008, the questions that arises for me is: What does “Student Success – Whatever It Takes” really mean for Alameda schools? As one of the leaders, how I can facilitate equity and excellence for Alameda schools?By 2010, and two new Superintendents, the question still remains? The school board adopted a Master Plan.

The Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy's Leading for Learning framework with its corresponding Sourcebook . The framework is not prescriptive but rather a reflective process that allows Alameda to develop its own answers to difficult questions on education.

Certainly, the 150 pages of content is a lot of material to digest. Fundamentally, the framework focuses on the principle of "learning”. There are three domains where learning occurs:

  1. Student learning
  2. Professional learning
  3. System learning

For definitions of the three domains, click on Learning.

Acting on three domains there are five areas of action:

  1. Establishing a focus on learning – persistently and publicly focusing our own attention and others on learning and teaching
  2. Building professional communities that value learning – nurturing work cultures that value and support teachers’ learning
  3. Engaging external communities that matter for learning – building relationships and securing resources from outside groups that can foster students’ or teachers’ learning
  4. Acting strategically and sharing leadership – mobilizing effort along multiple “pathways” that lead to student, professional or system learning, and distributing leadership across levels and among individuals on different positions
  5. Creating coherence – connecting student, professional and system learning with one another and with learning goals

I encourage each of you to participate in this dialogue. Send me an Email or start a conversation when you see me.

Addtional Resource

Principles of Teaching and Learning

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Last modified: July 2, 2003

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