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Next Step Leaders will provide leadership development training for highly-effective classroom teachers who are also teacher-leaders (department chairs, grade-level leaders, etc.) in their schools. Our comprehensive approach to developing teacher-leaders will help close the achievement gap by improving teacher-leader coaching and management of peers, which will impact teacher-effectiveness, student achievement, and ultimately, overall school performance.
Mid-level managers and teacher-leaders at schools, districts, and charter networks will develop into effective communicators, coaches, evaluators, and managers of adults to increase teacher effectiveness. The core professional development, including 360 degree feedback, personalized assessments, whole group leadership training, and individualized one-on-one coaching will develop exceptional coaching, evaluation, communication, leadership, and accountability skills for effective department and grade-level teacher leadership.
Next Step Leaders improves human capital and creates efficiency wins at the district, administrator, and teacher levels. School Districts do not have the capacity to develop leaders at this early stage in their careers, yet need to recruit and retain talented teachers and create a leadership pipeline. Principals are tasked with identifying, promoting, and developing teacher-leaders, but do not have the tools or the capacity to clearly define these roles or develop standard metrics to evaluate leaders. Next Step Leaders will fill the void for school districts by developing the leadership pipeline and for administrators by developing and evaluating teacher-leaders.