Continued Excellence through Transformation Improve learning conditions long-term Transition from K-4 to K-6 schools Balance capacity – ensuring efficient use of tax-paid facilities Balance demographics – ensuring students aren’t isolated Purpose
Continued Excellence through Transformation Solid learning blocks 120-minute literacy block 75-minute math block 50-minute science block 10 minutes added to K-6 day (4 additional days of learning) Eliminate transitions Align preschool programming Transformation Elements
Continued Excellence through Transformation Frequent & consistent assessments Before & after school learning opportunities Long-term student-teacher relationships
Dedicated ourselves to racial equity as a centerpiece for our work Even though… High performance across the board Strong AP Program Strong Co-curricular Wide and predictable achievement gap between our students of color and white students
Community Response-2010 Ruby Bridges Protests Racial Integration Eden Prairie Protests Economic Integration I am glad that the loudest voices are NOT the only ones heard. Thank you for the opportunity to speak in SUPPORT of the K-6 model and the new boundary map.
So what happened? Board voted 4/3 in favor of the new boundaries Where there was no more than a10% difference in FRP % between any elementary school Shorter bus rides A financial savings to the district On September 3 rd, 2011, 1000 students moved to their new school October 1 st, 2011, I requested to separate from the board.
The data…November 2011 21 year History in MN…no racial disparity reduction…
In Minnesota…November 2013 “Minnesota students' test scores flat in math, reading” By Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press “ Minnesota's achievement gap between students of color and their peers continues to be one of the worst in the nation. For example, the gap between whites and blacks was 31 points in fourth-grade math. That's just marginally smaller than the 38-point gap in 1992.”
NAEP 38 Year Trends http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/ltt_2012/age9r.aspx#1 -2 http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/ltt_2012/age9r.aspx#1 -2
Identify a behavior, process or protocol occurring in your district or institution that you think is misaligned with your beliefs.
The Construction Process… 33 Beliefs Behaviors Results
ProgramsPractices/ProceduresPolicies 34 8 What Systemic Structures, Programs, Practices, Procedures and Policies Must Change in Order to Eliminate Racial Disparities in Achievement and Ensure Educational Equity and Excellence for All Students? Systems Structures
Protocol for redefining a racially inequitable behavior… 1. Name the process, protocol or informal practice used at ……..that you know perpetuates racial disparities. 2. What actually happens? 3. What results do you get from these actions? 4. What results do you want to see instead? 5. What changes in practice must take place? 6. What resistance will you experience and what will it look like? 7. How will you sustain the new practice in spite of the resistance? (How will you remain “arm locked” while the resistance is occurring?) 8. Anticipate how students will thrive once the equity based practice holds over time…
36 Applied Systems Thinking: IF ALL systems are perfectly designed to get the results they get, what about my/our current beliefs and behaviors must change in order to ensure educational equity and excellence for all learners? 12 Leaders must ask themselves: What are my/our leadership beliefs that enable racial achievement disparities and patterns to persist? What leadership behaviors and actions of mine/ ours allow racial disparities in achievement to persist? An Adaptive Challenge- Heifetz, 2003 An adaptive challenge is a problem for which solutions lie outside the current way of operating. We can distinguish technical problems, which are amenable to current expertise, from adaptive problems, which are not.
Influences on Student Learning Expectations Mastery Learning Homework Challenge of Goals Feedback Aims & Policies of the School Ability Grouping Peer Tutoring Teacher-Student Relationships
Influences on student learning Feedback Teacher-Student Relationships Mastery Learning Challenge of Goals Peer Tutoring Expectations Homework Aims & Policies of the School Ability Grouping
Equity Strategies that Must Be In Place Racially conscious teachers/leaders Relationships High Expectations Feedback, direct and reciprocal
“Fury likely to build over Met Council's affordable housing plan” Minneapolis Star Tribune, Monday, March 15 th, 2015 The fury in Carver — a city with the one of biggest income jumps in the state since 2000, partly because it has almost no rental housing — comes as the Metropolitan Council gets ready to announce proposed new goals for adding affordable housing in communities across the Twin Cities.
Again… belief, will, skill, interest and intention…because…
When it became clear that the Mayor and council agreed that the affordable housing was needed, the room erupted with shouts of “Recall! Recall! Give up!”
Star Tribune, 2015 Asked what she meant by posting on Facebook a comment that she and her husband “moved to Carver a year ago to get away from this kind of thing,” Laura Talvitie replied: “I feel that Carver is a quaint, simple community. And that is its appeal. There is no ugly big block store, there’s no towering apartment buildings with cluttered parking lots, there’s not much traffic … There’s a ratty-tatty post office and some historical homes. “The appeal of Carver as a unique little town will die with this project. It will be just like any other suburb. We don’t want to be a Met Council experiment.”
Because here’s where we are….. http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2013/# /achievement-gaps http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2013/# /achievement-gaps
The Adaptive Challenge… “Good leaders see the need for a major change and will do whatever is necessary to make the status quo seem more dangerous than launching into the unknown.” John P. Kotter, “Why Transformation Efforts Fail?”