An area of focus is what a teacher chooses to work on in his or her instructional practice in relationship to the strengths and needs of students within the school year. In a new Principal Center Radio podcast, CEL Project Director Joanna Michelson and host Justin Baeder, director of The Principal Center, discuss some of the common problems in finding a good area of focus and how to solve them, including:
Aligning individual teachers' area of focus with school- or districtwide instructional goals
Setting instructional goals broad enough to promote ongoing professional growth and specific enough to impact student learning
Carving out time early in the school year for planning and goal setting
For teachers, coaches and principals interested in building an instructional goal-setting process, the Center for Educational Leadership will host the Area of Focus Institute on September 23rd, 2015 in Renton, Wash. Participants will work through a goal-setting process from start to finish and leave with a draft area of focus for the coming school year.
At the Center for Educational Leadership we partner with courageous leaders in classrooms, schools and the systems that support them to eliminate educational inequities by creating cultures of rigorous teaching, learning and leading. Our vision is transformed schools empowering all students regardless of background to create limitless futures for themselves, their families, their communities, and the world.