Presentation on theme: "As you arrive… Individually fill out a survey at your table Honestly reflect and respond for your present school culture When finished… Discuss with."— Presentation transcript:
As you arrive… Individually fill out a survey at your table Honestly reflect and respond for your present school culture When finished… Discuss with a colleague or two-- What does school culture have to do with CSIP?
Reflection Retreat April 2013
Unless teachers and administrators act to change the culture of a school, all innovations, high standards, and high-stakes tests will have to fit in and around existing elements of the culture. They will remain superficial window dressing, incapable of making much of a difference. --Roland S. Barth
As you watch this 6 minute clip be prepared to discuss and chart… What are the key characteristics of healthy and toxic cultures? te/Play/fe2dda08626d c2be5699f 0c11d
Healthy CultureToxic Culture Reflective Collective response Problem solvers Prescriptive Productive Strategic Students success based on variables outside teacher control Complainers Overly descriptive Deflective/blame Responsibility lies with someone else
Professional Collaboration Do teachers meet and work together to solve professional issues? Affiliative and Collegial Relationships Do people enjoy working together, support one another, and feel valued and included? Efficacy/Self-Determination Do people in the school work to improve their skills as true professionals or do they simply see themselves as helpless victims of a large and uncaring bureaucracy?
Using your survey results, which category of school culture behavior is in need of critical and immediate attention? What forms of leadership will support the building and sustaining of your school culture behavior attributes? What specific measures (artifacts/evidence) will be used to assess culture building and to inform next steps?
Is learning impossible in a toxic culture? NO… BUT typically a big list of prerequisites for learning If you care If you pay attention If parents read to you when you were little If you do what I tell you to do
Changing a toxic school culture into a healthy school culture that inspires lifelong learning among students and adults is the greatest challenge of instructional leadership. --Roland S. Barth
“The challenges of schooling are too great for individuals to shut themselves away behind closed classroom doors and try to resolve them alone. A concerted collaborative effort is necessary when teachers and other colleagues work and learn collaboratively with a clear focus on the learning of students as well as themselves.” -Stoll, Bolam, McMahon, Thomas, Wallace, Greenwood, & Hawkey, 2006
The difficult collaborative teamwork of collective inquiry, together with action orientation and experimentation, has a more direct impact on student learning than teacher working in isolation. --John Hattie
1.Read about the 3 Cs 2.Discuss at table Where do 3 Cs fall on 7 Stages of Teacher Collaboration (Table 1.1 on page 12)? What do discussions sound like for 3 Cs at various stages? Cooperation & Coordination
3. Assess the stage you are at as a CSIP leadership team…arrive at consensus. 4. Brainstorm/Chart What would it take to move your team to the next stage? What about other collaborative teams you meet with regularly…if they differ, why?
To build a collaborative culture, members of the school community: Share the belief that working collaboratively is the best way to reach the school’s goals Collaborative team: A group of people working interdependently to achieve a common goal for which members are mutually accountable.
CSIP The over arching framework to conduct student data analysis leading to high quality instruction for every student. Response to Instruction Collaborative Culture of Improvement Family and Community Partnerships Highly differentiated and engaging instructional strategies and environments supporting increased learning for each student. High-quality staff development that assures effective instruction for each student. Active involvement and open communication between and among families and the community.
The most powerful forms of staff development occur in ongoing teams that meet on a regular basis, preferably several times a week, for the purposes of learning, joint lesson planning, and problem solving. -- National Staff Development Council
Addressing critical questions for which educators are held accountable: What do students need to know and be able to do? How will we know when they have learned this? How will we respond when they don’t learn? How will we respond when they already know it?
Links/Resources for Collaborative Inquiry around collaboration All Things PLC (blogs, tools, research) Solution Tree (reproducibles, informational websites, videos) Great school website dedicated to PLC https://sites.google.com/site/plcparkway/