Presentation on theme: "RESEARCH REPORT. Northern California Charter Schools Best Practices Best Practices Parent-Teacher-Home Visitations High Expectations Classroom Environments—College."— Presentation transcript:
Northern California Charter Schools Best Practices Best Practices Parent-Teacher-Home Visitations High Expectations Classroom Environments—College Prep/Attainment Mindset Recommendations Recommendations Develop and implement new, innovated parent engagement opportunities Increase parent involvement by mainstreaming them in system educational strategies Generate college-readiness classroom cultures by integrating college planning in instructional patterns Create a culture of academic success
Harlem Children’s Zone Best Practices Peacemaker Pipeline Approach Parent and Community Involvement Accountability of Administration and Board Recommendations Individualized learning plans for all students Home and social circumstances are considered Data-driven educational philosophies Educators held accountable for the performance of each student The greater community participation and support
Norfolk Public Schools District Best Practices Data-Driven Systems Professional Development Administration Accountability Educational Environment Recommendations System-wide in-service mechanisms for educators Exploration of student-driven academic practices by educators Rigorous test taking strategies Performance-driven accountability for classroom instruction
SITE Visits: Questions to Consider How do we review, compare, and analyze site findings with current FCS practices/procedures? How do we determine what other evidence based stories we might also want to examine? What is the mechanism, structure, or process for making such decisions? Who should be included in the decision making strategy to ensure successful engagement of community voices?
MEAP Results: Beginning Questions Though progress is always good news, are we closing the gaps fast enough? How do we accelerate closure of the gap to become at least competitive on local and state levels? What is the downstream impact on the FCS graduation rates? More importantly, how will dreams of higher learning selection and placement be affected?
CREATING A WORLD CLASS EDUCATIONAL CULTURAL IN FLINT Proposal to the Community
Educational Beliefs of Residents The importance of all students having the best opportunity possible to excel. A system committed to quality instruction, student safety, parent involvement and after school support. Flint students have as much aptitude for success as others. Teachers, educators, parents, students and other citizens together can create a context to maximize student potential.
Challenges Facing the reality that much more work is needed to improve performance Avoiding the tendency of engaging in the blame game Gaining the individual commitment
FACT’s Proposal The FCS in partnership with the community to implement a district-wide process improvement strategy. Three initial process teams: Academic performance (such as enhanced teacher effectiveness and parent engagement) School safety Resource support Team membership comprised of a cross section of the community.
Process Improvement Initiative What is Process Improvement? Focuses on processes and systems instead of people. Research shows: 85 to 95% of organizational challenges/failures are related to process/system issues. 5 to 15% of those challenges are related to people or personnel issues. Process examination provides the greatest opportunity for organizational improvement. Process improvement occurs via teams.
Process Improvement Initiative What is a process or system? Set of steps or procedures that result in an outcome(s). For example: the steps a teacher takes in developing a lesson plan would be a process. For example: the processes to develop a curriculum for high school graduates would be a system.
Process Improvement Initiative How will team members be selected? Commit for at least one year Meeting schedule flexibility Concerned about our youth Available for best practice site-visits Capacity to work with others with different views and opinions
Process Improvement Initiative How will students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community benefit? Identify process and system gaps Move more toward benchmarked, evidence based solutions Engage the collective genius of the community Restore the Flint story of educational excellence
Process Improvement Initiative Implementation Strategy Team selection within the next thirty (30) days Team orientation and appointment in September 2011 Team startup October 2011 Midterm report November 2011 Team progress report due March 2012
Process Improvement Initiative Concept Support: FCS Superintendent Linda Thompson FCS Board President Harold Woodson City of Flint Mayor Dayne Walling
Process Improvement Initiative Community Commitment: Will you support this improvement initiative to examine processes and systems related to: Academic performance School safety Resource support Will you agree to be part of this process improvement effort? If your answer is yes, please stand and remain standing.