Presentation on theme: "Toronto Regional SIM Session Oct 16-17, 2012"— Presentation transcript:
1 Toronto Regional SIM Session Oct 16-17, 2012 My Leadership Role –In Improving Student Achievement through “Theory of Action”Toronto Regional SIM SessionOct 16-17, 2012
2 Welcome to this Break-Out Session Agenda:What is LSA? Quick overviewViewing of LSA video (Ken Leithwood)Let’s investigate the 4 pathsRationalEmotionalOrganizationalFamilyWhat is a THEORY OF ACTIONConnecting our SIM Work to:* a Theory of Action* a LSA path
3 Your Reflection Template On your table you will find a templatePlease use it to record your thinking during the session.
4 Overview of the LSA Project Goal: to improve student learning by building the instructional leadership capacities of principalsWHO: OPC, CPCO, ADFO in partnership with and funded by LNS and CSCWHAT: guided by an evolving theory of action about what the LSA project needs to do to improve instructional leadership of principals
5 Leadership and Student Learning After teaching,the second most influential factor on student learning is leadership(shared; formal and informal).Ken Leithwood55
8 Theory of Action Overview Video availablehttps://www.box.com/s/l4fpz9vn0u1x2glvraov
9 LSA Theory of Action Paper How the Leading Student Achievement Project Improves Student Learning: An Evolving Theory of ActionFebruary 2010Kenneth Leithwood
10 Let’s Investigate 4 Paths… Number off at your table 1,2,3,4…1’s – gather at Table 1 – Rational Path2’s – gather at Table 2 – Emotional Path3’s – gather at Table 3 – Organizational Path4’s – gather at Table 4 – Family Path* Read your section of the article* Discuss what that path is all about* Return to your “home table”* Each person shares the path with which they are now more familiar
11 Let’s uncover the meaning of “Theory of Action” ?
12 Algorithm for “Theory of Action” GOAL ( intended outcome )+ Problem of practice (inquiry)Theory of Action(If… Then…)
13 Destination = improved student achievement car =vehicle travelling down the roadway = the theory of actionRoad conditions =our daily reality of the world of educationRoadway = Leithwood’s 4 pathways
14 Our Analogy… We ride our theory of action down one of the 4 pathways / roadways towards our destinationof improved student learning.
15 Our GPS guides our journey = our data and other evidence (e.g., student learning, conditions for learning,
16 Let’s look at an example of a “Theory of Action”
17 Refining our inquiry - draft a question… A theory of action…1717
18 Good Inquiry Questions: are significant to classroom practicelead to actionare feasible in terms of time, effort, and resourcesare open-ended with many answers possible18
19 Cause & EffectIFWhat teachers aregoing to do/havestudents do…THENWhat students are going to learn and/or demonstrateIF... THEN…IF descriptive feedback is provided that is specific to individual student work and highlights next steps, THEN students will be able to improve the content and clarity of their written work.
20 4 Corners Think about your SIM plan Connect To which path might your learning need / inquiry/ theory of actionbe most tightly connected?DiscussA theory of action and an associated pathDetermineHow might school/system leaders influence positive student learning?
21 Reality Check Is our inquiry question focused? Is our inquiry tied to regular classroom practice?Is our inquiry realisticin terms of time & opportunity?How will we measure what we treasure?
22 GUIDING QUESTIONS… IN MY ROLE AS A LEADER IN MY BOARD: What might my theory of action be?How might it be worded?How might I implement?What evidence might I gather to support my theory?How will I track and receive feedback on the Path upon which i have selected to work? (Monitoring)
23 In closing… go alone If you want to go far go together… If you want to go fastgo aloneIf you want to go fargo together…African Proverb
24 Questions/Answers/Feedback Are there any outstanding questions?Was this session helpful in framing your work within your school/board?
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