Welcome to the recently launched LEAD Connecticut Leadership Matters blog. The intent of this blog is to both highlight the instrumental nature of leadership at all levels in building and supporting continuous improvement in teaching, learning and leading AND to provoke comments, reactions and suggestions from educational leaders in classrooms, schools and districts across the state. Your comments and reactions are encouraged and welcome. Please join in by reading the blog entries and offering your own additions. Reactions and leadership resource links are welcome and encouraged.
A quick recap of the who, what and why of LEAD CT. Lead CT is a partnership established through a competitive RFP process launched by the Talent Office of the Connecticut State Department of Education. Partners include: the Connecticut Center for School Change (the managing partner), Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, Connecticut Association of Schools, Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and New Leaders. The primary “client” of LEAD CT is the Talent Office of the CSDE. I have served as the Director of LEAD CT since its inception.
The LEAD CT partnership exists to help build school and district leadership capacity by designing and implementing high quality professional development that provides school and district leaders with:
o Opportunities for practice research and reflection;
o Job-embedded support and professional learning focused high-leverage leadership skills;
o Problem solving through collegiality and collaborative action;
o Specific, relevant and actionable feedback in a cycle of continuous improvement.
Through this unique partnership, LEAD CT aims to help districts recruit, prepare, develop and retain educational leaders able to create the school and district leaders to strengthen student achievement across all Connecticut districts, schools and classrooms with a priority focus on the schools and districts most in need of support and improvement.
Our theory of action is therefore quite clear. If we provide the highest quality programs and services to build the capacity of school and district leaders, then these leaders will have the skills and knowledge to provide the necessary conditions for high quality instruction in every classroom and most importantly to create the conditions for improving learning opportunities and results for every child. Leaders matter: they raise the performance bar and create the conditions for closing achievements gaps.
We welcome your participation in this blog and we welcome your suggestions for improving or adding to the programs and services we provide.
Robert M. Villanova
Director, LEAD CT