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1 Distributed Leadership…A Tool For the School Improvement Journey Presented by… Denise Hicks Barnes, Assistant Principal Louis L. Redding Middle School Sherry Gross, Principal & Lindsay Baker, Teacher Leader Glasgow High School Amy Levitz, Principal & Tracy Soisson, Teacher Leader Gauger-Cobbs Middle School

2 Overview… Opening Activities: Opening Activities: Common Attributes Common Attributes The Perfect School The Perfect School Definition of Distributed Leadership Definition of Distributed Leadership Common Themes Common Themes Lessons Learned Lessons Learned Individual Reflection Individual Reflection What Are Our Common Attributes? What Are Our Common Attributes? Final Thoughts Final Thoughts

3 Common Attributes… Although we are all different…we have many things in common Although we are all different…we have many things in common Activity Activity

4 In a Perfect World… What does your dream house look like? What does your dream house look like?

5 In a Perfect World…. What does your DREAM SCHOOL look like? What does your DREAM SCHOOL look like? Take a few minutes to discuss what your DREAM SCHOOL would look like in 5 years. Take a few minutes to discuss what your DREAM SCHOOL would look like in 5 years.

6 Distributed Leadership… What does DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP mean to you? What does DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP mean to you?

7 Distributed Leadership Is… Distributed leadership centers around a different model within the school where the distinctions between followers and leaders tends to blur (Gronn, 2000) Distributed leadership centers around a different model within the school where the distinctions between followers and leaders tends to blur (Gronn, 2000) It incorporates the activities and efforts of multiple groups in a school who work at guiding staff in the instructional change process (Spillane, 2001) It incorporates the activities and efforts of multiple groups in a school who work at guiding staff in the instructional change process (Spillane, 2001)

8 Distributed Leadership is Not… It is not one more committee on which people serve It is not one more committee on which people serve It is not one person single handedly reforming a school It is not one person single handedly reforming a school It is not a top-down leadership model It is not a top-down leadership model It is not possible without building leadership capacity among your faculty It is not possible without building leadership capacity among your faculty

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10 Common Themes…Goals Building Leadership Capacity Building Leadership Capacity Improving Student Achievement Improving Student Achievement Enhancing Climate and Culture of the School Enhancing Climate and Culture of the School Increasing Family and Community Engagement Increasing Family and Community Engagement

11 Common Themes… Accomplishments Louis L. Redding Middle School… Louis L. Redding Middle School… This year we had common planning for grade levels This year we had common planning for grade levels Curricular meetings monthly that were about Best Instructional Practices – Social Studies for example Curricular meetings monthly that were about Best Instructional Practices – Social Studies for example Common Grade Level Assessments (Math) Common Grade Level Assessments (Math) Using an Enhancing Education Through Technology (E2T2) to develop Understanding by Design units of study Using an Enhancing Education Through Technology (E2T2) to develop Understanding by Design units of study Communication with parents through mailings Communication with parents through mailings Team Leader meetings were proactive and problem solving in nature Team Leader meetings were proactive and problem solving in nature Started our vision for the perfect school Started our vision for the perfect school

12 Common Themes… Accomplishments Glasgow High School… Glasgow High School… PLCs PLCs Time built in to master schedule for regular, frequent meetingsTime built in to master schedule for regular, frequent meetings Approximately 30 groups of 4-6 professionals linked by subject area or responsibilitiesApproximately 30 groups of 4-6 professionals linked by subject area or responsibilities Increased Teacher Leadership Increased Teacher Leadership in areas of PEP and MAPin areas of PEP and MAP PD delivered via PLCs PD delivered via PLCs Individualized PD for faculty Individualized PD for faculty Faculty meetings focused more on instruction and less on administrivia Faculty meetings focused more on instruction and less on administrivia

13 CommonThemes… Accomplishments Gauger-Cobbs Middle School… Gauger-Cobbs Middle School… Increase in DSTP data Increase in DSTP data MAP Growth MAP Growth Collaborative Teaching Collaborative Teaching Time for Collaboration Time for Collaboration PBS Planning Team PBS Planning Team Action Teams Action Teams Teachers are committed to improving student achievement Teachers are committed to improving student achievement Teachers facilitating professional development Teachers facilitating professional development Roll Through Professional Development Roll Through Professional Development

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15 Common Themes…Barriers Achievement Gaps Achievement Gaps Discipline Disparities Discipline Disparities Time Time Staff Transition (turnover in administration and teachers) Staff Transition (turnover in administration and teachers) Low Parental Involvement Low Parental Involvement Resistance to Change Resistance to Change

16 Common Themes…Next Steps Louis L. Redding Middle School Louis L. Redding Middle School Vision Vision Time Time Collaboration Collaboration Meeting Norms Meeting Norms Parent Involvement Parent Involvement

17 Common Themes…Next Steps Glasgow High School… Glasgow High School… Individualized PD continued Individualized PD continued Sophisticated PLC projects to impact greater number of faculty/students Sophisticated PLC projects to impact greater number of faculty/students Improved public relations/parent involvement Improved public relations/parent involvement

18 Common Themes…Next Steps Gauger-Cobbs Middle School Gauger-Cobbs Middle School Collaboration Collaboration NormsNorms Goal SettingGoal Setting Using DataUsing Data LogsLogs Common AssessmentsCommon Assessments Peer Visits Peer Visits Video Tape as a Tool Video Tape as a Tool Targeted Interventions Targeted Interventions PBS PBS

19 Professional Development… This year Future Outside Opportunities Gauger- Cobbs Teaching in the Block Teaching in the Block Curriculum Curriculum Collaboration Collaboration PBS PBS Collaboration Collaboration Professional Development Professional Development School Visits School Visits Glasgow Curriculum Curriculum Block Scheduling Block Scheduling Individualized PD Individualized PD MAP MAP Collaboration Collaboration Individualized PD Individualized PD Professional Development Professional Development School Visits School Visits Louis L. Redding DPAS II DPAS II Data Day Data Day Visioning Visioning Curriculum Days Curriculum Days Instructional Meetings Instructional Meetings Meeting Norms Meeting Norms Vision Vision Professional Development Professional Development School Visits School Visits

20 Lessons Learned… All teachers are leaders, and this leadership promotes a feeling of professional satisfaction. All teachers are leaders, and this leadership promotes a feeling of professional satisfaction. Opportunities for Authentic Leadership Opportunities for Authentic Leadership Celebrate Leadership Celebrate Leadership People support what they help create (No Name) People support what they help create (No Name)

21 Individual Reflection… How is distributed leadership exemplified in your school or organization? How is distributed leadership exemplified in your school or organization? Identify examples that currently exist. Identify examples that currently exist.

22 Individual Reflection… What are the common attributes that exist among the three schools? What are the common attributes that exist among the three schools? Of these common attributes…what can we make common to our school or organization? Of these common attributes…what can we make common to our school or organization?

23 Final Thoughts…. Distributed Leadership may already exist in various forms within your school Distributed Leadership may already exist in various forms within your school Although we may all look very different, we all have common attributes… Although we may all look very different, we all have common attributes… most notably…our desire to positively impact student achievement!!!!


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