The Skillful Leader: Confronting Mediocre Teaching
Based on The Skillful Teacher framework, this book is targeted to evaluators and supervisors who want a field-tested toolkit of strategies to improve, rather than remove, underperforming teachers. Using case studies, legal notes and a model contract, assessment tools, and personal accounts of leaders in action, the authors show how even the most seemingly entrenched teacher can be helped.
The knowledge and/or performance of mediocre teachers is neither substantive nor skilled enough to help most children learn nor poor enough to warrant a move toward dismissal. All children, however, deserve expert instruction from every teacher. The Skillful Leader presents a toolkit of field-tested strategies that supervisors and evaluators can use to identify and improve mediocre teaching. It includes a comprehensive series of framing questions to help the evaluator isolate performance strengths and weaknesses and examples of observation and summary evaluation reports. It also contains steps and strategies for designing improvement plans where the responsibility for change rests with the teacher.
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