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Texas Instructional Leadership

The TIL Approach

At ESC 7, the Texas Instructional Leadership Team supports campus and district leaders in their ability to build the capacity of the educators that they manage. The TIL Approach consists of a suite of training intended to foster continuous improvement by helping campus and district administrators grow concrete instructional leadership skills in the areas of observation and feedback, student culture, and data-driven instruction.

TIL trainings are aligned with many of the best practices described in the Effective Schools Framework and are among the approved vendors for schools seeking a technical assistance provider or capacity builder to support the execution of school improvement processes.

TIL Suites Available

Observation Feedback:
Provides campus and district leaders opportunities to develop proficiency in establishing and coaching toward effective instructional practices in every classroom. Toward that end, it blends the practices and principles in Paul Bambrick-Santoyo’s Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers with the T-TESS appraisal framework.
It introduces a paradigm shift in the way we view teacher observation, and suggests that the primary purpose of observation and feedback is not to evaluate a teacher but to develop them.
Data-Driven Instruction:
A highly effective, research-based training that guides teachers and administrators to spend less time teaching their students what they already know and more time on what their students need. It also answers the question, “How do I know if my students are learning? And if they aren’t, what do I do? Based on the protocol developed by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo and described in his books Driven by Data 2.0 and Leverage Leadership 2.0, TIL DDI advocates for a deeper analysis of student work. Campuses that have engaged in this training have seen huge increases in student mastery.
Lesson Planning:
TIL Lesson Planning is based on the work of Paul Bambrick-Santoyo in Leverage Leadership 2.0 and trains leaders on how to guide their teachers to build effective daily lesson plans that will drive student learning, as well as how to monitor that planning to see which parts are working and which aren’t, and how to coach teachers to master the skills they need to make their planning consistently effective.
Formative Assessments:
Trains leaders on how to guide their teachers to craft rigorous and aligned daily and weekly assessments that will support analysis of student mastery and gaps, and how to coach their teachers to master the skills of assessment writing and analysis to ensure their continuous improvement in designing formative assessments.
Materials Internalization & Alignment:
Effective teacher internalization of high-quality instructional materials leads to high-quality, impactful instruction that is grounded in research-based instructional strategies. The purpose of the TIL Materials Internalization and Alignment training is to build the capacity of school leaders to invest and coach teachers in the effective internalization of HQIM units and lessons. Across five sessions, leaders will learn what the research says about the importance of using HQIM and establishing strong internalization practices, how to effectively internalize units and lessons in ELAR, Math, and Foundational Reading Skills, as well as how to create the conditions for a successful strong implementation and support of teachers.
Student Culture:
Culture is not formed by motivational speeches or statements of values. It is formed by the repeated practice of good habits and clear vision. This module trains leaders to develop their cultural vision and the systems to bring that vision to reality, monitor it throughout the year, and how to intervene when necessary to ensure it stays strong.

Components of a TIL Training

Texas Instructional Leadership training modules consist of a triad of support to ensure success. In addition to face-to-face professional development, the new learning is further supported through both implementation support, and one on one principal supervisor coaching. Campuses and districts that choose to participate in the training will be part of a cohort of campuses that will meet together to learn instructional leadership best practices and have an opportunity to practice their new skills together in a low-stakes environment.
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