Over the past couple of weeks I have been meeting with Principals to address their action plans as they lead their campuses into crunch time before the administration of state accountability tests. Here is the summary of those conversations. 1. Administration must actively participate in instructional planning session with teachers. 2. Address critical and deficient student learning expectations during instructional planning. 3. Professional support staff must keep doing their walk-thru’s. In the fourth quarter, the coaching staff doesn’t go wait it out in the locker room. The value of coaching is best measured in the quality of preparation and the quality of execution. Right now is when execution matters. 4. Teachers must execute the Fundamental 5. Every lesson, every day. 5. When observing staff, have quick coaching conversations based on small adjustments that address missed opportunities. 6. Teachers must close each lesson!!! 7. Identify and drop the stuff that doesn’t matter. At this stage in the game, teaching and learning is the only priority. Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn…

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