Indicators of Effective Practice in·di·ca·tor [in-di-key-ter] (noun) A pointer or a gauge for assessing progress toward the destination. Indicators provide the structure for building a continuous school improvement plan, while still allowing each school flexibility and creativity on how it implements the plan. Indicators point the way toward effective practices. Indicators are: Guideposts for effective practice Written in plain language Aligned with research base (Wise Ways) Drivers of planning and improvement 9
Indicators of Effective Practice Samples 10 Teams All teams operate with work plans for the year and specific work products to produce. Instructional Teams meet for blocks of time (4 to 6 hour blocks, once a month; whole days before and after the school year) sufficient to develop and refine units of instruction and review student learning data. Teachers All teachers maintain a record of each student’s mastery of specific learning objectives. All teachers differentiate assignments (individualize instruction) in response to individual student performance on pre-tests and other methods of assessment. Principals The principal spends at least 50% of his/her time working directly with teachers to improve instruction, including classroom observations. The principal challenges, supports, and monitors the correction of unsound teaching practices.
What are Wise Ways? Wise Ways are research briefs that provide: a context for each indicator research syntheses action principles examples and templates references and resources guiding questions 11
Finding Wise Ways… Wise Ways can be found in each step of the Indistar process. The Leadership team should discuss each Wise Ways research brief during the assessment, planning, and monitoring processes. 12
The Leadership Team District and School Necessary for Strong Implementation of Effective Practice Necessary for Sustained Improvement Guided by MS SOARS Supported by Coach 21
The School Team... Completes and submits all required forms Plans Leadership Team meetings with agendas and minutes Assesses, plans, and tracks progress of success indicators, following SEA guidance and expectations Links to resources relative to each success indicator Generates a variety of reports Dialogues with coaches Electronically submits reports to SEA School Leadership Team CoachLEASEA
Leadership Team Expectations 24 1.Select a process manager 2.Meet a minimum of twice per month 3.All team members attend scheduled leadership team meetings 4.Review data indicators on a regular basis to improve instruction 5.Discuss and act on feedback from coaches
District Coaches A school cannot build capacity alone Coaches are a critical partner in the process and in the school’s success Coaches are in regular communication with the school to ensure they have support to move forward and guidance when they get off track –Coaches should send a minimum of two coaching comments to their assigned schools per month 25
District Coach Coach in person… Join the team meetings as you can Stop in and review the plan with the principal Coach online… On a regular basis, keep track of the district or school’s progress Use coaching comments and/or reviews to send suggestions, encouragement and reminders 26 Two ways to coach
School Improvement Grant (1003g) Training Focus and Priority Schools Trainings – December 1, 2014- GHEC (Greenville, MS) – December 2, 2014- Muse Center (Pearl, MS) Individualized Technical Assistance – December 3, 2014- South Pike School District – December 4, 2014- Hattiesburg School District – December 5 and 10, 2014- MDE – December 8, 2014- Starkville School District – December 9, 2014-Grenada School District 28
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