Presentation on theme: "Distributed Leadership…A Tool For the School Improvement Journey"— Presentation transcript:
1 Distributed Leadership…A Tool For the School Improvement Journey Presented by…Denise Hicks Barnes, Assistant PrincipalLouis L. Redding Middle SchoolSherry Gross, Principal & Lindsay Baker, Teacher LeaderGlasgow High SchoolAmy Levitz, Principal & Tracy Soisson, Teacher LeaderGauger-Cobbs Middle School
2 Overview… Opening Activities: Definition of Distributed Leadership Common AttributesThe Perfect SchoolDefinition of Distributed LeadershipCommon ThemesLessons LearnedIndividual ReflectionWhat Are Our Common Attributes?Final Thoughts
3 Common Attributes…Although we are all different…we have many things in commonActivityDistribute “Common Attributes” handout
4 In a Perfect World… What does your dream house look like? Silent reflection. Purpose of this slide is to get the audience in the proper mindset…
5 In a Perfect World…. What does your “DREAM SCHOOL” look like? Take a few minutes to discuss what your “DREAM SCHOOL” would look like in 5 years.Programs…Characteristics…Professional Development…Groups record thoughts on chart paper…share out. During share out, one of the presenters should be writing down (on chart paper) the “common themes” that many of the groups share that relate to the distributed leadership model.
6 Distributed Leadership… What does DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP mean to you?Large group conversation. Ask for volunteers to share their definitions.
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)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 serveIt is not one person single handedly reforming a schoolIt is not a top-down leadership modelIt is not possible without building leadership capacity among your faculty
9 Traditional professional development models have some flaws/disparities. Discuss how the Distributed Leadership model provides possible solutions to these flaws…*Need to change background to match the rest of the slide show.
10 Common Themes…Goals Building Leadership Capacity Improving Student AchievementEnhancing Climate and Culture of the SchoolIncreasing Family and Community Engagement
11 Common Themes… Accomplishments Louis L. Redding Middle School…This year we had common planning for grade levelsCurricular meetings monthly that were about Best Instructional Practices – Social Studies for exampleCommon Grade Level Assessments (Math)Using an Enhancing Education Through Technology (E2T2) to develop Understanding by Design units of studyCommunication with parents through mailingsTeam Leader meetings were proactive and problem solving in natureStarted our vision for the perfect schoolRedding needs to add accomplishments in white font
12 Common Themes… Accomplishments Glasgow High School…PLC’sTime built in to master schedule for regular, frequent meetingsApproximately 30 groups of 4-6 professionals linked by subject area or responsibilitiesIncreased Teacher Leadershipin areas of PEP and MAPPD delivered via PLC’sIndividualized PD for facultyFaculty meetings focused more on instruction and less on administriviaGlasgow needs to add accomplishments in white font
13 CommonThemes… Accomplishments Gauger-Cobbs Middle School…Increase in DSTP dataMAP GrowthCollaborative TeachingTime for CollaborationPBS Planning TeamAction TeamsTeachers are committed to improving student achievementTeachers facilitating professional developmentRoll Through Professional Development10 percent increase in math…6 percent in writing…and maintained our 18 percent increase in reading (higher than the district percentage in all three areas)
14 Need to change the background to match rest of slide show
15 Common Themes…Barriers Achievement GapsDiscipline DisparitiesTimeStaff Transition (turnover in administration and teachers)Low Parental InvolvementResistance to ChangeResistance to Change = “Distributed Leadership is just the latest fad in school reform”…getting buy in from staff, parents, and administration.
16 Common Themes…Next Steps Louis L. Redding Middle SchoolVisionTimeCollaborationMeeting NormsParent Involvement
17 Common Themes…Next Steps Glasgow High School…Individualized PD continuedSophisticated PLC projects to impact greater number of faculty/studentsImproved public relations/parent involvementGlasgow needs to add “Next Steps” in white font
18 Common Themes…Next Steps Gauger-Cobbs Middle SchoolCollaborationNormsGoal SettingUsing DataLogsCommon AssessmentsPeer VisitsVideo Tape as a ToolTargeted InterventionsPBSTargeted Interventions = FastForward, double-dosing math and LA, special Math support classes.
19 Professional Development… This yearFutureOutside OpportunitiesGauger-CobbsTeaching in the BlockCurriculumCollaborationPBSProfessional DevelopmentSchool VisitsGlasgowBlock SchedulingIndividualized PDMAPLouis L. ReddingDPAS IIData DayVisioningCurriculum DaysInstructional MeetingsMeeting NormsVisionGlasgow needs to add to “Future” box.
20 Lessons Learned…All teachers are leaders, and this leadership promotes a feeling of professional satisfaction.Opportunities for Authentic LeadershipCelebrate Leadership“People support what they help create” (No Name)“Amy, I lost the 2 other quotes you had in here…feel free to paste back in…sorry
21 Individual Reflection… How is distributed leadership exemplified in your school or organization?Identify examples that currently exist.
22 Individual Reflection… 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?
23 Final Thoughts….Distributed Leadership may already exist in various forms within your schoolAlthough we may all look very different, we all have common attributes…most notably…our desire to positively impact student achievement!!!!