SCHOOL CHANGE SUMMER OF 2003 Established a School Improvement Team Reviewed Data Achievement Data [Basic Skills Tests, ACTS, GPA] Survey Data Developed a Plan of Action and Implemented It.
School Reform Guiding Principles Will it help achieve an agreed upon result or outcome? Is it consistent with agreed upon beliefs? Is it based on documented best practice? Is it financially sustainable? Is it based on the best interests of students?
High School Transformation 2004 - 2008 FOCUS Improve School Climate Build the Instructional Capacity of Teachers
SCHOOL CLIMATE Re-establish A School Climate Based on Trust and Respect Rather Than Rules and Compliance Provide Training for All Staff Provide Intensive Training for New Staff
STUDENT SUPPORT NETWORK Provided Additional Supports for Students Student Assistance Committee (SAC) Assistant Principals Guidance Counselors Latino and Somali Outreach Workers Social Worker Chemical Health Counselor Building Security Team
STAFF DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES Establish a Staff Development Model That Supported Teacher Learning. Developed Professional Learning Communities Called SIT Teams (School Improvement Team) Established a Committee to Plan Staff Development Days Support Individual Teacher Development
THREE BROAD AREAS OF FOCUS 1. Improve the Use of Appropriate Instructional Strategies by Teachers 2. More Intentional Lesson Plan Development (Key Lesson Planning Question - What will the students do that will have a strong effect on their learning?) 3. Develop Better Learning Habits in Our Students (Habits of Mind)
IMPROVEMENT OF INSTRUCTION NATIONAL URBAN ALLIANCE (NUA) Provided the Framework to Improve the Instructional Capacity of Teachers Cohort Training – 10 teachers per year for five years. Each cohort received intensive training Deepened and Reinforced the NUA Training at Faculty Meetings.
SIT TEAM MODEL SIT TEAMS Sharing of Instructional Strategies Sharing Experiences Implementing Strategies (What worked and why?) Sharing Lesson Plans Peer Observations (Teachers Observing Teachers)
SUMMARY Formed A School Improvement Team Relatively Narrow Focus – Climate and Instruction Use Data to Help Frame The Current State of Affairs Aligned Our Practice With Our Beliefs
SUMMARY, cont. Formed Relationship to Support Teacher Learning Directed Resources to Support Improvement Initiatives Developed, Implemented and Evaluated the Effectiveness of Our School Improvement Plan Most Importantly, We Held People Accountable
THE END Dr. Jill Johnson, Principal 612-798-6101 firstname.lastname@example.org Teresa Rosen, Assistant Principal 612-798-6111 email@example.com Kelly Johnson, Teacher and Staff Development Co-Chair 612-798-6173 firstname.lastname@example.org