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1 Introductions & Welcome! Binder with Materials Binder with Materials Parking - across the street Parking - across the street Email & Web Page Email & Web Page Future Dates Future Dates October 30 & November 1 October 30 & November 1 January 23 & 24 January 23 & 24 March 12 & 13 March 12 & 13

2 Essential Outcomes Applying effective school research for Continuous Improvement Applying effective school research for Continuous Improvement Utilize PLC as model for AR teams Utilize PLC as model for AR teams Clarifying Core Values Clarifying Core Values Action Research/PDSA to implement the SIP Action Research/PDSA to implement the SIP

3 Agenda For Today! Where have we been? Where have we been? Review work from 06-07 Review work from 06-07 Where are we going? Where are we going? The Vision The Vision Effective Schools Research Effective Schools Research How will we get there? How will we get there? SIP SIP PLC PLC Harris Poll Data Harris Poll Data

4 Where have we been? PDSA PDSA SIP SIP School Plan on a Page School Plan on a Page Review work from 06-07 Review work from 06-07

5 Pre Planning: Identification of Need 1. Develop/Review Student Learning Expectations 2. Examine alignment of learning expectations with assessments 3. Review assessment data 4. Identify areas of need based on assessment Plan: 1. Describe the current process for addressing the identified area of need (flow chart) 2. Review data to determine baseline performance in the specific area identified (Run Chart/Pareto Diagram) 3. Identify potential root causes contributing to the identified area of need (Cause & Effect Diagram, 5 Whys, Relations Diagram) 4. Study research-based best practice/improvement theory addressing areas of need DO 1. Plan for implementation of improvement theory (Force Field Analysis, Action Plan) 2. Implement research-based best practices improvement theory based on root causes according to the Action Plan 3. Monitor the implementation of research-based best practice/improvement theory to insure integrity and fidelity 4. Assess student learning Study: 1. Examine student assessment results (compare to baseline) 2. Assess the impact of research-based best practice/improvement theory on student achievement Act: 1. Standardize the implementation of research- based best practice (improvement theory) that improved student learning (revise the flow chart to reflect changes made to the system) 2. If improvement theory was unsuccessful continue the PDSA cycle (try another improvement theory based on the next identified root causes) Action Research Overview for Professional Learning Communities

6 Thinking about school improvement this past year… whats in your top 3? Top 3 Successes Top 3 Struggles How will we address those struggles this year?

7 Where are we going? The Vision The Vision Effective/High Performing Schools Research Effective/High Performing Schools Research

8 Why? To Provide rigor and relevance for all students as opposed to a system that selected and sorted students To Provide rigor and relevance for all students as opposed to a system that selected and sorted students A different set of core knowledge is necessary – 21 st Century skills A different set of core knowledge is necessary – 21 st Century skills Global Competition Global Competition Elimination of unskilled jobs Elimination of unskilled jobs Advancement in technology Advancement in technology

9 9 Common Characteristics of Successful Schools From: What we know about successful school leadership (2003). - American Education Research Association (AERA) What we know about successful school leadership What we know about successful school leadership Clear and Shared Focus Clear and Shared Focus High Standards and Expectations High Standards and Expectations Effective School Leadership Effective School Leadership High Levels of Collaboration & Communication High Levels of Collaboration & Communication Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Aligned with Standards Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Aligned with Standards Frequent Monitoring of Teaching and Learning Frequent Monitoring of Teaching and Learning Focused Professional Development Focused Professional Development Supportive Learning Environment Supportive Learning Environment High Levels of Community and Parent Involvement High Levels of Community and Parent Involvement

10 Blue Ribbon Schools Criteria Student Focus & Support Student Focus & Support Challenging standards, curricula Challenging standards, curricula Active teaching & learning Active teaching & learning School Organization and culture School Organization and culture Professional community Professional community Leadership & educational vitality Leadership & educational vitality Family & community relations Family & community relations Indicators of academic success Indicators of academic success

11 Factors Influencing Achievement 1. Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum 2. Challenging Goals and Effective Feedback 3. Parent and Community Involvement 4. Safe and Orderly Environment 5. Collegiality and Professionalism 6. Instructional Strategies 7. Classroom Management 8. Classroom Curriculum Design School Teacher Student 9. Home Environment 10. Learning Intelligence/ Background Knowledge 11. Motivation Marzano

12 Characteristics that Guide Student Achievement High Performing Schools 1. Common mission, vision, values and goals. 2. Ensuring achievement for all students with systems for prevention and intervention. 3. Collaboration focused on teaching and learning. 4. Using data to guide decision-making and continuous improvement. 5. Gaining active engagement from family & community 6. Building sustainable leadership capacity.

13 Nine Central Characteristics of High Performance in Schools 1. Instruction focused on students interests, learning styles, & aptitudes through a variety of small learning community approaches. 2. Unrelenting commitment to excellence for all students 3. Commitment of resources & attention to 9 th grade students. 4. Rigorous and relevant twelfth grade year. 5. Laser-like focus on data at the classroom level to make daily instructional decisions for individual students. 6. High-quality curriculum & instruction that focuses on rigor and relevance. 7. Provide students with adults with whom they can develop personal relationships and be allowed the opportunity to use reflective thought. 8. Professional development focused around a limited number of high-impact initiatives. 9. Solid and dedicated leadership. International Center for Leadership in Education Willard R Daggett, Ed. D http://www.leadered.com/index.shtml http://www.leadered.com/index.shtml

14 The Vision for Your School Beginning with the end in mind First, identify and list the common elements in the models. First, identify and list the common elements in the models. Secondly, make a list of characteristics that will serve as the vision of your high performing school. Secondly, make a list of characteristics that will serve as the vision of your high performing school. 20 minutes

15 Key Question: Are those elements present and to what degree? In the CRCSD? In the CRCSD? In your school? In your school? In the classroom? In the classroom?

16 Driving the Vision What are the drivers? What are the drivers? Plan Page Plan Page Elements of effective schools in your Plan on a Page Elements of effective schools in your Plan on a Page SIP teams SIP teams Elements in SIP Elements in SIP Using PDSA for improvements Using PDSA for improvements How effective are your SIP teams? How effective are your SIP teams? Quality Levels Quality Levels

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18 How will we get there? PDSA process PDSA process Bridge from ARDT teams to PLC Bridge from ARDT teams to PLC Refine group process Refine group process Framework for group procedures Framework for group procedures Common language Common language

19 What is a Professional Learning Community? How would you explain the concept of a professional learning community? How would you explain the concept of a professional learning community? Maybe include: Maybe include: The purpose The purpose The organization The organization The tasks The tasks If time, review the PLC article in the resources section If time, review the PLC article in the resources section 5 minutes

20 Professional Learning Community Model Focus on Learning rather than Teaching Focus on Learning rather than Teaching Work Collaboratively Work Collaboratively Hold yourself accountable for the results Hold yourself accountable for the results

21 PLC Crucial Questions What do we want each student to learn? What do we want each student to learn? How will we know when each student has learned it? How will we know when each student has learned it? How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning? How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?

22 Student Crucial Questions What do I need to know? What do I need to know? Where am I now? Where am I now? How do I get there? How do I get there? What happens if I fail? What happens if I fail?

23 PLC Core Principles (Big Ideas & Core Values) Ensuring that students learn Ensuring that students learn Learning for all Learning for all A Culture of Collaboration A Culture of Collaboration Teamwork Teamwork Focus on Results Focus on Results Data-Driven Decisions Data-Driven Decisions

24 Characteristics of Professional Learning Communities 1. 1. Shared mission, vision and values. The foundation of a learning community Collective commitment 2. 2. Collective Inquiry The engine of improvement 3. 3. Collaborative Teams Share a common purpose & structure 4. 4. Action Orientation & Experimentation PDSA 5. 5. Continuous Improvement The heart of a learning community Discomfort with status quo

25 Pre Planning: Identification of Need 1. Develop/Review Student Learning Expectations 2. Examine alignment of learning expectations with assessments 3. Review assessment data 4. Identify areas of need based on assessment Plan: 1. Describe the current process for addressing the identified area of need (flow chart) 2. Review data to determine baseline performance in the specific area identified (Run Chart/Pareto Diagram) 3. Identify potential root causes contributing to the identified area of need (Cause & Effect Diagram, 5 Whys, Relations Diagram) 4. Study research-based best practice/improvement theory addressing areas of need DO 1. Plan for implementation of improvement theory (Force Field Analysis, Action Plan) 2. Implement research-based best practices improvement theory based on root causes according to the Action Plan 3. Monitor the implementation of research-based best practice/improvement theory to insure integrity and fidelity 4. Assess student learning Study: 1. Examine student assessment results (compare to baseline) 2. Assess the impact of research-based best practice/improvement theory on student achievement Act: 1. Standardize the implementation of research- based best practice (improvement theory) that improved student learning (revise the flow chart to reflect changes made to the system) 2. If improvement theory was unsuccessful continue the PDSA cycle (try another improvement theory based on the next identified root causes) Action Research Overview for Professional Learning Communities

26 Where are we now? Assess the current status of your SIP goal (Action Research team) prior to next meeting Assess the current status of your SIP goal (Action Research team) prior to next meeting

27 Deciding to enter into a quality process in education is not because good things are not happening but because of a desire to have good things happen regularly, consistently, and predictable at every level of the school system. Random acts of excellence have little effect on the desired strategic results. ~Margaret Byrnes

28 www.harrisinteractive.com ©2005, Harris Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. Cedar Rapids Community School District Using Harris Survey Data to Drive Improvements

29 Team work time Planning for Action Research/PDSA implementation Planning for Action Research/PDSA implementation What are your teams next steps? What are your teams next steps? Teams & Timeline? Teams & Timeline? When will teams meet? How often? When will teams meet? How often?

30 Announcements & Wrap-Up To Do List To Do List PLC audit PLC audit Article Article Harris data Harris data Other announcements Other announcements Quality Level Deployment Tool Quality Level Deployment Tool Quality Liaison Quality Liaison Staff Development Update Staff Development Update Evaluation/feedback for todays meeting Evaluation/feedback for todays meeting


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