Learning exchanges integrate content, context, pedagogy and action to reclaim education and sustain our democracy. Learning Exchanges catalyze individuals and teams to re-imagine how schools and communities can fully engage collective power for the benefit of children, youth, and families by reclaiming the purposes of education as academic, social-emotional, and civic; uniting the power of place and wisdom of local people; redefining professional learning as a hopeful process that engages the heart, mind, & spirit; and taking actions to eliminate inequity and injustice in schools and communities.
Ecology of Action = Reflect/Rejuvenate/Remind/Rethink before you RESPOND was theme at this year's learning exchange. Take a look at some pictures of the event!
Breathe Joy & Justice into School & Community Leadership: a 4-day institute for school & community-based teams focused on improving outcomes.
IEL and its partners work closely with local community leaders to design and implement customized learning exchanges.
School principals rank second only to teachers in affecting student learning outcomes. The professional development of principals should match the same expectations of classrooms: increased rigor and interaction among peers for more effective learning. Yet, principals report that professional learning (often compliance based and information heavy) is ineffective, contributes to their sense of ineffectiveness and that evaluation processes are pro forma, providing limited feedback for improving practice. Multiple metrics for evaluation should go hand-in-hand with rigorous professional learning that supports principals to select goals, collect and analyze evidence, and use that evidence iteratively to improve their practice. Effective professional learning for school leaders should include activities with effective pedagogy, coaching that supports site level work, and inquiry groups that promote peer consultation. Growth and development in these arenas is a critical factor in effective evaluation systems.
CALL is a school-wide leadership assessment/feedback system using a multi-source survey to assess core leadership practices distributed across a school.
Using student test scores to measure school leadership effectiveness is fraught with a number of psychometric and practical challenges that must be examined.
This framework comprehensively examines the leadership evaluation landscape and makes key recommendations for effectively assessing leaders.
Despite concentrated efforts over the last 20 years to reform education, take promising practices to scale and improve educational outcomes, our education system often falls short when it comes to providing school and district leaders with the leadership development and ongoing professional learning support they need. As educators and community builders working to improve outcomes for children, youth and families, professional learning should be something we do every day as we reflect on our professional practice, work together, and share ideas. Improving professional development systems while maximizing informal learning opportunities is central to ongoing and durable learning. IEL works with schools, districts, cross-sector leadership collaboratives and community teams, providing planning and implementation support, facilitation and coaching. IEL is committed to improving professional learning systems based on each local context - we customize all professional learning activities and through a process of co-planning with each of our client-partners.
Every context is different. After preliminary assessment IEL creates customized learning experiences using processes that meet your needs.
IEL staff has deep experience in facilitating tough conversations that build and strengthen alliances across differences in the service of equitable outcomes.
IEL provides in-person and virtual coaching to support the growth and development of individuals; teams and cross-sector collaboratives in achieving their goals.