Principles for Professional Learning
- Psychological Safety and Respect: Foster an environment where colleagues and supervisors can freely express diverse opinions, ask questions, make mistakes, and engage in healthy disagreements.
- Appreciation of Difference: Embrace and value diverse perspectives, encouraging open discussions that surface differences in ideas.
- Openness to New Ideas and Risk-Taking: Encourage teachers to take risks, try new instructional approaches, and explore innovative ideas that promote culturally responsive instruction.
- Reflection and Learning from Experience: Allocate time for thoughtful reflection on teaching practices, enabling educators to learn from their experiences and continuously improve.
- Feedback for Growth: Provide feedback on teachers' work from multiple sources, including colleagues and supervisors, to support professional growth and development.
- Purpose-Driven Learning: Cultivate a sense of personal connection to the work and help teachers understand how their instructional practices contribute to a larger goal of culturally responsive instruction.
- Collaborative Learning Processes: Foster collaborative learning processes such as generating new knowledge together, making sense of learning collectively, and sharing insights with colleagues both within and outside the district.
- Leadership for Learning: Promote leadership practices that include active listening, questioning, and honoring the learning process. Encourage leaders to be open-minded, model continuous learning, and provide time for reflection, generation, interpretation, and dissemination of knowledge.