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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
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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
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