Leadership Development

  •  The CiTi School Improvement Team is focused on supporting leaders with efforts to increase teacher and leader effectiveness. Our team offers lead evaluator training, calibration events, training on the development of high quality SLO's, Cognitive Coaching Foundations training and general support of APPR efforts. Please contact us to discuss your needs. You can also find all of our offerings in our MyLearningPlan catalog.

    Cognitive Coaching Foundations Seminars

    The mission of Cognitive Coaching is to produce self-directed persons with the cognitive capacity for excellence, both independently and as members of a community. Research indicates that teaching is a complex, intellectual activity; teachers who think at higher levels produce students who are higher achieving, more cooperative and better problem solvers. It is the invisible skills of teaching, the thinking processes, that underlie instructional decisions, which produce superior instruction. Cognitive Coaching is a research-based model that enhances and capitalizes on teachers' cognitive processes.
    The Cognitive Coaching Foundations seminar is generally offered in two parts, each consisting of four days of training. In the eight-day seminar participants learn how to:
    • develop trust and rapport
    • develop an identity as a mediator of thinking 
    • utilize conversation structures for planning, reflecting and problem resolving
    • develop teachers' autonomy and sense of community
    • develop higher levels of efficacy, consciousness, craftsmanship, flexibility and interdependence
    • apply four support functions: coaching, evaluating, consulting and collaborating
    • utilize the coaching tools of pausing, paraphrasing and posing questions
    • distinguish among the five forms of feedback
    • use data to mediate thinking

    Lead Evaluator Training and Support

    The ISS Team supports district leaders with training for effective implementation of the APPR, including the evaluation process.

    Initial Lead Evaluator Training: This training covers six of the nine areas of training which are prerequisite for new evaluators to meet the requirements of initial lead evaluator status.  This training focuses on the New York State Teaching Standards; Common Core Learning Standards; the ISLLC standards for administrators; APPR regulations including HEDI and SLO’s; SIRS; recognizing distinctions when observing teachers of students with disabilities and ELL students; the State’s methodology in determining student growth scores; and general information regarding strategies for the collection of evidence in the observation process.  Participants will still require rubric and assessment training that is specific to their school district to meet the nine areas of required training for initial lead evaluator status.   (In most cases in Oswego County, the component districts provide this training in-house).

    This training is most appropriate for those individuals who have never been appointed as lead evaluators. This training is not required on a yearly basis, but rather is a one-time requirement unless additional support is needed in a particular area.

    Lead Evaluator Recertification Training: This training, which is most appropriate for evaluators who have had experience with the evaluation process, offers the opportunity for lead evaluators to reflect upon and improve their practice.  Major aspects of this training include establishing and maintaining credibility as an evaluator; listening and conversational skills; growth-producing feedback and inter-rater reliability. 

    We can also customize recertification training for district-specific needs. Please contact us for more information. You may also view our calendar or MYLearningPlan catalog for training dates.