At Colonial (DE) School District, we’ve been focused on retaining teachers through various leadership development and empowerment programs for a few years. As the programs have matured, we’ve learned plenty about empowering our best educators this year. In addition to our existing leadership development programs, we’ve also launched a non-evaluative teacher observation and mentorship program. As is to be expected with a new initiative, there’s been no end of lessons learned as we began putting the program into place. Here are four of them.

1. Attack big challenges from multiple angles.
In 2017, our district submitted a successful

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  • About the Author:

    Peter Leida is an assistant superintendent at Colonial (DE) School District. He has 20 years of experience in K–12 education and holds a doctorate of education with a focus on educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He tweets via @PeteLeida.