Contents xiii Designing Systems to Provide Time for Reflection and Problem Solving 197 Principle Use Child Assessment Systems That Enlist Teachers’ Excitement 199 Strategy Design forms that encourage curiosity and delight 199 Use Learning Stories as an approach to assessment 200 Provide time for collaborative discussion among teachers 200 Principle Involve Staff in All Phases of Evaluating Their Job Performance 201 Strategy Supplement checklists with observational narratives 202 Plan the cycle of supervision and evaluation 202 Experiment with different forms 203 Acknowledge the power differential in the evaluation process 203 Principle Plan Training to Reflect Your Vision of a Learning Community 205 Strategy Develop individualized training plans 205 Expand your approach to program-wide training 206 Provide many ways for achieving training goals 207 Acknowledge and celebrate progress toward your training goals 208 Principle View Time as a Building Block 208 Strategy Use colored dots for analyzing how time is spent in your program 210 Reclaim time on behalf of your vision 211 Principle Design Meetings around Community Building and Staff Development 212 Strategy Devote staff meetings to enhancing teacher development 213 Choose a focus for your professional development for the school year 217 Reallocate your professional development dollars for a mentor teacher 218 Making good use of Your Power and Influence 219 Practice Assessing Your Organizational Climate 219 Chapter 6 — Bringing Your Vision to Life 223 Put Relationships Center Stage 226 Principle Focus on People, Not Paper 228 Innovative Practice Invest in initial encounters 228 Host community-building orientations 228