Learning Experience

"The final aim of school reform must be to create learning organizations in both senses of that term: organizations for which learning is both the end and the means.”

Ken Doane, Program Director, S.H. Cowell Foundation
 From forward to: Turning Around a High-Poverty District; Learning from Sanger

SLN professional learning networks develops the ability of school leaders to establish and lead learning organizations. Leaders are connected to learn from and with each other how they can identify and meet the learning needs of their school community, staff and students. They experience a rich, practice-based learning community in action. They develop their ability to recreate this experience to transform their school into a vibrant teaching and learning organization where all students succeed.

“SLN has given me hands on and ready to apply strategies to become a better instructional leader at my school.”

Learning Format

School leaders connect, once a month, for ten consecutive months with a cohort of 12 – 18 of their peers to form a professional learning network. They meet, away from their school sites, to take an uninterrupted four hour deep dive into their own leadership practice and strategies for cultivating school-wide success throughout the year. SLN Network are rigorously facilitated by expert educators who have been trained to lead high-functioning communities of practice and inquiry-based leadership development. 

“The learning that occurs in every session is extremely useful for me and to my leadership team.”

Learning Experience

School leaders who participate in a our professional learning networks will:

  • Identify a specific academic goal and continuously apply what they are learning towards the achievement of that goal.
  • Learn and practice the leadership actions that research has identified as being the most effective in improving school and student performance, using SLN’s Design for Leading framework.
  • Encounter a safe, collegial learning environment where they can take risks and road test new and different approaches to leadership.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the behaviors, beliefs and values they hold.  Reflect on and assess the school culture and climate these are creating.
  • Use peer collaboration and the collective expertise of the network community to solve problems of practice and real school challenges
  • Acquire new skills, tools and protocols for engaging and mobilizing instructional leadership and teachers to drive forward student results
  • Access articles, videos, research and data that showcase effective leadership practice that can be used as learning resources

Learning Outcomes

SLN professional learning networks improve school and student performance by increasing the tenacity, efficacy and effectiveness of school leaders. Through greater connection to and support from their network colleagues, leaders develop the resilience that is required to sustain efforts aimed at continuous school improvement over the long-term.

Professional learning networks empower school leaders and make better able to:

  • Unleash their own capacity to lead and to build wider teacher leadership
  • Facilitate and lead collaborative professional learning experiences
  • Mobilize school resources to transform teaching practice
  • Effectively give and receive meaningful instructional feedback
  • Lead and sustain change efforts to create a vibrant school community
  • Achieve district, school and academic goals

How school leaders describe their learning experience

“A dynamic and engaging learning experience”

“A place of concrete conversations about practice”

“I am more focused on specific and attainable goals that directly inform instruction.”