OTL for School Leaders

We often talk about opportunity to learn for the “students” in our schools, but what about OTL for school leaders? How do school leaders maximize their learning, and in so doing, become leaders of learning?

In last week’s #822chat, we had Chris Chappotin leading the discussion. Let’s look at some of the top answers.

Growth as a Leader

Question 1: What is growing you most as a leader right now?

“This year I have been doing a lot more writing. Taking the risk to put my ideas out there publicly and getting feedback has helped me grow tremendously.” – Andrea D. Chavez-Kopp

Creating and sharing, that’s the essence of the #822chat and Principal Tribe movement.

We believe in:

  • Tribe: People like us are stronger together, create together, and shape culture together.
  • Reverberation: We believe in the idea that voices should be heard, and when so, positive change can result.
  • Innovation: We believe in the power of creative outlier thinking.

It’s more than just beliefs, it’s a mode of learning for leaders. As Andrea stated above, the acts of creating and doing benefits the receiver of the creation and creator herself.

Developing Aspiring Leaders

Question 2: How are you developing aspiring leaders?

“By identifying teachers and students with [the] intangibles and helping them develop leadership skills. Talking to them, offering to be a mentor. Engaging them in critical problem-solving scenarios. Helping them set goals and plans to achieve those goals.” – Cristobal Saldana

What are those “intangibles” of school leaders? It’s been said that the best leaders possess most of the following traits:

  • Social Judgment
  • Presence
  • Self-Insight
  • Executive Maturity
  • Fallibility
  • Will
  • Fortitude
  • Self-Efficacy

“As a principal and superintendent, I led leadership academies with the purpose of building leadership capacity. Over the past year and a half, as a consultant, I’ve worked with 7 teams of teachers building leadership programming and two aspiring leaders programs.” – Aubrey Patterson

Leadership programs and academies can work wonders in schools and school districts. They give options for career growth, provide experience for resumes (of the facilitator and attendee), and broaden the perspectives of more people in your schools.


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OTL for School Leaders

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