Monday was a fabulous day. As a school team, consisting of myself, my assistant principal/facilitator, the school counselor/grade 5 teacher as well as a grade 7 lead teacher, we attending the first session of Kurtis Hewson’s CRM for School Leadership Teams. This first session was on ensuring effective CRM meetings, and we were not disappointed.
I signed the OLA school team up for this series of sessions as I instinctively knew that I wasn’t able to fully articulate exactly what CRM is or the benefits of adopting this process. How do you effectively ‘tell’ a staff about a process that will transform teaching and learning for both themselves and for their students without getting the eye-rolling, glazed look from staff thinking “ugh – one- more-thing-to-do” look?
So I signed them up and took them to the source. We attended, participated, laughed, and enjoyed many ah-ha moments throughout the day. We’ve planned next steps, and are committed to effective CRM meetings and moving slow to go fast.
Despite being a part of CRM for the past 5 years, I thought that I might hear a few new things, or ideas and wanted to attend to support my new staff. Was I surprised! I was excited to dig in and get moving with ideas and supports for the staff, as well as fresh ideas on how to support staff and students and run CRM effectively in the school.
Many of Kurtis’ methods beg repeating, but my take-homes include:
- CRM is a process that fits every school demographic, K-12
- Don’t forget to keep asking the “what if’s“? “What would happen if we tried this?” “What would we see if”?
- Administrators MUST be part of the process for CRM to work
- CRM is not RTI ( response to intervention)
- CRM supports the progress of ALL students and the development of ALL staff
But the best one?
Currently, Collective Teacher Efficacy has the 2nd highest ranking for affecting student learning in the classroom. According to John Hattie, (who developed a way of ranking various influences in different meta-analyses related to learning and achievement according to their effect sizes), visible learning and teaching occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of students and help them become their own teachers.
Now if that isn’t enough for supporting CRM, I don’t know what is……..