Build Your Faculty from Within

Learn from your colleagues

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I find this passage from Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock (p. 209) completely inspiring, and a wonderful statement of why I believe in ongoing, school-specific job training directed by teacher leaders: 

I can't tell you what to teach your team or organization, since that depends on what your goals are. I can't tell you whether the best way to teach is in person or remotely, through self-study or group classes. That will depend on how your people learn best, and whether they are trying to learn job-specific skills, such as a new programming language, or more general skills, such as how to work better together as a team. 

I can, however, tell you where to find the best teachers. 

They are sitting right next to you. 

I promise you that in your organization there are people who are expert on every facet of what you do, or at least expert enough that they can teach others. 

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Photo of Paula Marra

Hi Charlie,

I agree with you! So many times schools bring an expert from outside to lead a workshop and many times someone inside the school that has the same expertise. Look first in then look out!

Cheers,
Paula

Photo of Charles Shryock, IV

Thanks Paula! You said it perfectly.