Supporting Teachers Through TELA
Today marked our second session of TELA, Timberlane’s Executive Leadership Academy designed specifically for district and school-level administrators. TELA was created by Superintendent, Dr. Earl Metzler in the fall of 2015 as a supportive effort to provide administrators with training geared to further developing effective leadership skills required for schools today.
Utilizing the DISC theory, the first session of TELA was focused on self-awareness, engaging administrators in understanding the link between personal behaviors, their own leadership styles, and the styles of others. Additional studies examined the benefits of leveraging positive behaviors to engage, support, and effectively lead in the Timberlane schools.
In the second session of TELA, district administrator Mrs. Christi Michaud, Director of Data, Assessment, and Accountability facilitated a training that encouraged administrators to delve deeper into their understanding of teachers, specialists, support staff, and others. Administrators worked collaboratively to analyze various behaviors and motivators while examining the impacts they have on team building. These efforts will support the rigorous work taking place in our schools and will lead to environments where educators feel inspired and valued for their individual differences and contributions.
Future leadership academy modules may include “Leading Systems Change”, “Supporting Educational Shifts”, and other topics intended to support developing leadership skills in the Timberlane Regional School District.