Schools Cubed provides job-embedded professional development through principal coach/mentoring. Our mentors are seasoned professionals who have all held a school leadership position themselves in at-risk or turnaround schools. Schools Cubed also provides instructional coaching specific to areas of focus in working with teachers.
A principal mentor is carefully selected by completing a questionnaire and analyzing needs of the school. A mentoring calendar is put into place. In year one, this mentor works alongside the principal monthly to offer guidance and job embedded staff development. At the end of each “on-site,” short monthly action steps are prioritized until the next mentor meeting.
Improvement in schools cannot occur without the involvement and commitment from district personnel. That said, Schools Cubed recommends that a designated individual from the district meet periodically with the principal, and mentor as the goals and action plans are established and met. The work of the school leadership mentor is based around 6 areas of highly effective schools: instructional focus, collaboration, data analysis, time, a safe and orderly environment, and family and community involvement.
Improvement in schools cannot occur without the involvement and commitment from district personnel. That said, it is the recommendation of Schools Cubed that a representative of the district attend both professional development events and site visits. After each site visit, the selected district personnel will receive a site evaluation report outlining goals, progress, and an agreed-upon action plan. At the end of each school year, both the school and district will receive an outline of the intended action plan for the following year, if necessary. This action plan will again include an updated evaluation and progress in the various domains of implementation.