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1 Turning Around Low Performing Schools: Getting Started Dr. Joy Eichelberger, Turnaround Specialist and RtII Consultant, PA Schools April 14, 2011

2 Getting Started: Double Your Fun! Blueprint for SIG Action Planning Systems Change Strategy

3 PA’s Standards Aligned System (SAS)PA’s RtII Framework Blueprint for SIG Action Planning Align The Action Planning Approach

4 Signal Urgency –Superintendent’s Vision and Challenge Disseminate and Communicate SIG Goals –We have the grant, now what? Develop SIG Action Plan –Establish and Convene SIG Steering Committee –Confirm Reality: Status of current initiatives –Identify Critical Actions/Interventions –Establish timelines and evaluation measures Blueprint for SIG Action Planning

5 Bi-level Approach to Change and Intervention District Level Administrative PLC Implementation Research Systems change Instruction Learning Walks and Instructional Rounds Accountability Measures Building / Classroom TLCs (formative assessment) – Effective Teaching/Instruction Collaborative Planning and Data Analysis Teaming SAS/RtII Effective Teaching/Instruction Monitoring student Learning Blueprint for SIG Action Planning

6 SIG Goals and Year I Priorities – Systems Alignment (SAS) –Instruction –Building Teacher and Leadership Capacity Establish PLCs and TLCs –Building Infrastructures Administrative Cabinet (District and Building) Schedules Data Teaming Teacher Collaboration and Planning Periods Blueprint for SIG Action Planning

7 Reading and Mathematics Goals 1.Conduct needs assessment to determine teacher knowledge of PA curriculum standards 2.Ensure district courses and curriculum alignment with PA standards, Common Core Standards, and /or Keystone Assessments 3.Ensure rigorous core curriculum for all students 4.Establish a system of tiered interventions for students (RtII) 5.Examine current practice against research based Blueprint for SIG Action Planning

8 Reading and Mathematics Goals 5.Develop a comprehensive system of assessment – Align assessment to their intended purpose – Implement formative assessment strategies – Use data to inform instructional decisions 6.Provide professional development for all staff in the following areas: – Knowledge and use of PA Standards Aligned System – Effective classroom practices and instructional strategies – Implementation of appropriate interventions Blueprint for SIG Action Planning

9 Special Education 1.Develop standards based IEPs using IEP tracker 2.Provide professional development for all Special Education teachers in the following areas: – functional behavior assessment – transition planning – compliance requirements 3.Evaluate the effectiveness of resources and assistive technology available for IEP students Blueprint for SIG Action Planning

10 Special Education 1.Review secondary special education caseloads and range of services 2.Ensure all special education teachers are highly qualified 3.Delineate roles and responsibilities of all special education personnel 4.Review all out-of-district placements to determine if less restrictive settings are feasible Blueprint for SIG Action Planning

11 Leadership and Infrastructure 1.Determine administrative knowledge and skill in transformational leadership 2.Develop administrative professional development program 3.Adjust schedules to ensure the availability of an intervention period for all grade levels 4.Develop a system to identify students for appropriate interventions Blueprint for SIG Action Planning

12 Leadership and Infrastructure 1.Establish a grant committee and grant selection and development process 2.Implement a school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention Program 3.Establish data dialogue sessions and appropriate training 4.Develop a curriculum review and textbook selection cycle 5.Explore teacher and administrative incentive program models Blueprint for SIG Action Planning

13 School Improvement Action Plan: Reading T ARGET A REA : CLEAR STANDARDS R EQUIRED A CTIONS A CTION S TEPS D UE D ATE L EAD ( S ) S UMMATIVE MEASUREMENT STRATEGY : F ORMATIVE M ONITORING S TRATEGY : I NCREASE STAFF KNOWLEDGE OF AND PROFICIENCY WITH STANDARDS, ANCHORS AND ELIGIBLE CONTENT 1.Conduct needs assessment to determine knowledge and skill of teachers on standards, anchors and eligible content 12/30 ASSESSMENT COMPLETED AND ON FILE AND USED TO SHAPE PD DRAFT COMPLETED AND REVIEWED BY TEAM BY 12/15 2.Eligible content: Provide professional development on eligible content (focus for the /11 and ongoing PD completed and instruction is aligned to eligible content PD SCHEDULED AND CONDUCTED DURING GRADE LEVEL MEETINGS, DEPARTMENT MEETINGS AND PLC S 3.Infuse career ed. Standards into curriculum maps as appropriate (staring at grade 3) 6/11 Maps include career standards Draft on file by 6/15/10 4.Develop standards based IEPs using IEP tracker (modify form as needed) 7/10 Standards based IEPs on file Draft ready for review by 6/30/10 5.Develop a common walk through tool 12/10 Administrators, Consultants, DEs and teacher peers use iObservation for walk throughs Completed

14 T ARGET A REA : CLEAR STANDARDS R EQUIRED A CTIONS A CTION S TEPS D UE D ATE S UMMATIVE MEASUREMENT STRATEGY : F ORMATIVE M ONITORING S TRATEGY : IMPLEMENT EFFECTIVE TEACHING PRACTICES ACROSS ALL CONTENT AREAS K Examine current practice against research based recommendations (IES Practice Guide) 2.Develop professional development plans to implement effective teaching practices across all content areas (k – 12) and access SAS portal resources 11/ / Professional Development agenda will indicate when the strategies were introduce, reviewed and refined. 2.(As above) 3.Progressive growth data from iObservation will detail results 4.Learning Walk data should indicate growth 5.Approved budget 1. Collaborative meeting will take place with LSI consultant, TA, Utley and Washington 2.Data from Learning Walks will detail progress 3.Monthly Progressive growth data from iObservation will detail results 4.Reflective summaries from participants School Improvement Action Plan: Math

15 "All organizations [and systems] are designed, intentionally or unwittingly, to achieve precisely the results they get." R. Spencer Darling, Business Expert Systems Change Strategy

16 Adopt a change strategy and Plan for Change 1.Patterson et.al. Influencer: The Power of Influence 2.Heath, Chip and Heath, Dan. Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard 3.Fixsen, D. L., Naoom, S. F., Blase, K. A., Friedman, R. M. & Wallace, F. (2005). Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature. Systems Change Strategy

17 1.Clarify desired results 2.Identify a handful of high- leverage behaviors that lead to rapid and profound change 3.Use personal and vicarious experience to change thoughts and actions 4.Marshall multiple sources of influence to make change inevitable Resource 17 Systems Change Strategy 4 Key Principles of Successful Influence

18 18 Six Sources of Influences: The Model MotivationAbility Personal Make The Undesirable Desirable Surpass Your Limit Social Harness Peer Pressure Find Strength in Numbers Structural Design Rewards and Demand Accountability Change the Environment Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Influencer: the Power of Change.

19 Fixsen, D. L., Naoom, S. F., Blase, K. A., Friedman, R. M. & Wallace, F. (2005). Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature. Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, The National Implementation Research Network (FMHI Publication #231). Download all or part of the monograph at: Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature Systems Change Strategy

20 Stages of Implementation Exploration Installation Initial Implementation Full Implementation Innovation Sustainability Fixsen, Naoom, Blase, Friedman, & Wallace, – 4 Years Blueprint for SIG Action Planning

21 SWITCH – The Elephant and the Rider –Direct the Rider –Motivate the elephant (emotions, values) –Shape the Path Provide tools and environments Administrative and teacher PLCs Communication and accountability systems Blueprint for SIG Action Planning

22 –Create Urgency and Set direction Specific goals and target areas (active student engagement, data analysis teaming, abolish tracking) –Identify targets Interventions for Behavior Change –what we want teachers and administrators to “do” random reporters, provide feedback. white boards, peer talk Curriculum alignment Data teaming tool Blueprint for SIG Action Planning

23 Getting Started: Double Your Fun! Blueprint for SIG Action Planning Systems Change Strategy


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