Indistar® Overview

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  • Web-based classes—Seven classes per year, delivered by trained faculty who can also serve as the team’s coaches
    Designed to spark discussion and action around a set of Success Indicators
    Continue the momentum of the team’s work
    Coaching—teams are assigned coaches, who may also serve as the webinar faculty. Coaches are provided access to Indistar® activity and documentation and are able to provide on-the-spot feedback using Coaching Comments
  • Indistar® Overview

    1. 1. Lighting our path to stellar learning Academic Development Institute Indistar®
    2. 2. Part One: A Simple Tool For a Complicated Job
    3. 3. Improving Schools Is A Complicated Pursuit
    4. 4. Lots of People Want to Help State Level Intermediate Education Agencies School Level State Government Local Government Supplemental Education Service Providers Federal GovernmentStudent Government Classroom Level Business Roundtables Boards of Education District Level Advocacy Groups
    5. 5. But Have Different Ideas About How
    6. 6. Look Familiar?
    7. 7. A Global Positioning System (GPS) Shows where you are relative to your destination Provides detailed routes for reaching it Adjusts to variations and even accommodates diversions along the way But the destination remains constant.
    8. 8. Family Vacations Have Never Been More Relaxing (For the Most Part)
    9. 9. A Performance Positioning System (PPS) Works in much the Same Way, Only for School Improvement
    10. 10. It’s a Keep-Moving Navigational Tool That Guides Everybody in the Same Direction Everybody.
    11. 11. Roles are Clear Purpose is Shared Effort is Aligned Partnerships Prevail Change is Sustained Which means...
    12. 12. Like a GPS, Indistar®: Shows where you are relative to your destination Provides detailed routes for reaching it Adjusts to variations and even accommodates diversions along the way But the destination remains constant.
    13. 13. Indistar® Provides a Structure for Improving Performance (With Plenty of “How” Flexibility)
    14. 14. The Structure is Built Using Success Indicators The Research and Evidence of What Works in School Improvement
    15. 15. We’ve Collected, Analyzed, and Organized the Research So that Your Time Can Be Spent Applying It (And Indistar® Guides You Through Application, Too)
    16. 16. in·di·ca·tor [in-di-key-ter] noun 1. A pointer or a gauge for assessing progress toward the destination
    17. 17. But Indistar® Doesn’t JUST Tell You Whether or Not You’re On the Right Track
    18. 18. It Keeps You MOVING On It (PS….Indistar® is Also Designed to Build and Sustain Momentum
    19. 19. So Where Is It Guiding Us? What is the Destination, Exactly? The Specifics Will Vary According to the Individual Needs and Circumstances of Each State, Each District, and Each School
    20. 20. But Ultimately, What We Want
    21. 21. Is Big Lasting Improvement in Teaching and Learning But Results Won’t Improve Unless Performance Improves
    22. 22. Indistar® Will Help Don’t Follow the Leader. Be the Leader.
    23. 23. Part Two: Success Indicators, the Backbone of Indistar® Improvement-Seeking? Spine Required.
    24. 24. Success Indicators - The Research and Evidence of What Works in School Improvement
    25. 25. Evidence-based strategies for classrooms, schools, and districts Culled, analyzed, and organized in Handbook on Restructuring and Substantial School Improvement Handbook named “outstanding publication of the year” by Division H of AERA at 2008 convention in New York City
    26. 26. Organization of Success Indicators
    27. 27. Improving the Performance Of The District. The School. The Classroom. And Ultimately… The Student.
    28. 28. In Teams
    29. 29. School Team Engage with School-Level Success Indicators AND May Receive Support from State Teams and/or District Teams District Team Engage with District-Level Success Indicators AND May Provide Support to School-Level Teams State Team Provide Support to District and School Teams
    30. 30. For the District… District Context and Support District Change Process District-School Expectations
    31. 31. For the School and Classroom . . Team Structure Principal’s Role Professional Development Parents and Learning Aligned Instruction Classroom Assessment Differentiated Instruction Periodic Assessment Instructional Delivery School Community
    32. 32. The Decision is Whether To Use every indicator or selected indicators
    33. 33. Indistar® Ensures that the Route Will Be Detailed, Direct, and Focused Indistar® Allows the District, the School, the Leader to know where they are in relation to a Success Indicator and provides guidance on where to make the next turn. Either way...
    34. 34. We Can’t Promise it will be Easy (Though with Indistar® it will be Easier)
    35. 35. Part Three: Knowing Who’s Who And Making Sure Everyone Works from the Same Coordinates
    36. 36. The Roles We Play State Team: Members of the state’s system of support for districts and schools team, includes coaches and instructors in addition to administrative staff District Coach: Member of the State Team who assists the district teams by reviewing Indistar® progress and providing comments and reviews within the tool (i.e., Coaching Comments) to which teams may respond
    37. 37. District Team: District staff who will engage with the indicators and provide support to school teams, process manager who assists Superintendent in managing Indistar® is optional District Liaison: District staff who serves on the school team and is its primary link to the district The Roles We Play
    38. 38. The Roles We Play School Team: School staff who will engage with the school-level Success Indicators and receive support from State and/or District Teams School Coach: support person from the state, district or external provider who assists the school team by reviewing work on the Indistar® and providing comments and reviews (i.e. Coaching Comments) to which the school team may respond
    39. 39. Now We’re Ready to Get Started
    40. 40. Schools and Districts enter here through a link from the SEA website
    41. 41. The School or District Dashboard Where Plans, Reports, and Forms Required by the State Are Completed and Electronically Submitted
    42. 42. The State Administrative Page Where Submitted Plans, Reports, and Forms are Posted for the SEA Where the SEA has access to see what’s working well and where they need to focus their efforts as leaders
    43. 43. But Remember, the Real Work Occurs in Teams
    44. 44. Expectations for the Team Process
    45. 45. High Quality Performance Requires Regular and well-attended team meetings Focused and difficult discussions Culture of Candor - honest and reflective self-examination Openness for and commitment to creativity Sincere and collaborative effort Use of Indistar® protocols and consistent documentation
    46. 46. Indistar® Makes it Easy and Efficient to Know What to Improve
    47. 47. But the Actual Improvement Depends on the Effort of the People Behind It A Strong Team Process and the Steadfast Implementation of its Plans
    48. 48. Highlights of Team To-Do’s Attendance at regularly scheduled team meetings  Assess progress toward Success Indicators, Plan for adjustments, and Receive feedback from instructors and coaches Select a team member to regularly update activity and progress within Indistar® (called the process manager)
    49. 49. Now We’re Ready to Roll Up Our Sleeves And start the improvement conversation
    50. 50. Assess – Plan - Monitor
    51. 51. Part Four: Where are we now? Self-Assessment, the First Step toward Improvement
    52. 52. Select the Category, section. . . and then an Indicator
    53. 53. If the Team Identifies the Success Indicator as a Priority Then Indistar® turns it into an action item, an objective to be defined and accomplished
    54. 54. Notice the Wise Ways link? Wise Ways Is a Built-In Reference Tool that Provides a Synthesis of the Research that Supports the Indicator AND Provides Real, How-to, High-leverage Strategies for Attaining It
    55. 55. Indicators in Action is an additional research resource contains 3 courses of video clips showing exactly what the indicator looks like...in action!
    56. 56. How About that Coaching Comments Button? Coaching Comments Makes it Easy and Automatic for Teams to Communicate with their Coaches and Instructors
    57. 57. And Since We’re Always Learning and Improving… Indistar® Makes it Easy to Update the Tasks
    58. 58. And Monitor Progress
    59. 59. And Generate Lots of Reports
    60. 60. A Quick Review of Some Features Coaching Comments: Built-in communication tool for coaches and team members (sorry no voice command yet) Wise Ways: On-demand synthesis of research and strategies that will support Success Indicator attainment (think of it as a traveler’s reference) Agendas and Minutes: The Team Leader (a superintendent, principal, or designated “process manager”) logs into Indistar® and prepares a customized agenda for the team meetings and records the minutes Worksheets: Customized according to the agenda, the worksheets support adherence to the agenda and ensure documentation of agreements and next steps
    61. 61. Indistar® A Keep-Moving Navigational Tool www.indistar.org

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