“Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school."
That is why the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) is offering a unique professional development opportunity to leaders of Nevada’s most underperforming schools. The Leadership Network is part of the State’s overall system of support for struggling schools. It is designed to strengthen the essential skills and competencies of leaders in our neediest schools.
Who Is Eligible to Attend?
Superintendent approved school leaders/staff from 2 and 3 star schools.
What is the Purpose of the Network?
In the spring of 2015, the Nevada Department of Education (NDE), along with external stakeholders, developed Nevada’s Theory of Action in an effort to improve and support underperforming schools with a structured diagnostic and planning process. The Theory of Action focuses on three priority areas: School Leadership, Tier 1 instruction that is aligned to state standards, and developing a system of Professional Learning Communities that will encourage administrators and teachers to analyze and use data to strengthen instruction.
Establish a network that provides support and resources to increase capacity across school leaders engaged in the SLN in a way that equips them to shift mindsets and behaviors in order to dismantle inequalities. This network then serves as a lever for building capacity, and coherence and connections across Nevada at the school, district, and state level. Participants will use an equity lens when making decisions, implement capacity-building strategies to support improved instruction, recognized and highlight inequities within their schools, and increase their trust to value using data/evidence to inform decisions.
When Will the Network Meet?
The SLN will meet for a two-day kickoff session in September 2019 and then three additional sessions throughout the year, specific days coming soon:
• November 2019
• January 2020
• March/April 2020
The SLN continues with a cohort for 2019-2020 that represents a continuation of developing and supporting the state's educational leaders. The sessions will focus on problems of practice, such as investigating data with a lens for equity, experience a learning walk, and identifying and understanding the conditions for adult learning and PLCs.