The Instructional Leader (IL) is responsible for managing a school at the Instructional Level. When we think about the learning that happens for Corps Members (CMs) and Students, it is the IL that keeps that progress on track and redirects the route when need be. Strong ILs are able to think quickly, step into support instructional needs in whatever way is needed (designing sessions, managing trackers, monitoring quality of sessions and coaching, etc). They are on the hook for teacher and student learning.
Instructional Leaders serve as co-leaders of a school site. The partners work alongside the Site Director (SD) to create a cohesive experience for staff, teachers, and students. Instructional Leaders are focused on culture at a staff level, as well as the learning happening at the staff, teacher and student level. In contrast, Site Directors are responsible for culture at a teacher and student level. Site Directors coordinate and work directly with school sites, particularly around student and family communication. On the other hand, Instructional Leaders work predominantly with Teach For America staff. While there are many role specific responsibilities, the strongest sets of co-leaders in the past work closely and support one another in their workstreams and especially in places where there is overlap. We have a strong commitment and responsibility to our students this summer and the students teachers will be with in the fall. Together, the ILs and SDs ensure that teachers are prepared instructionally and professionally.