Indistar Getting Started for School

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  • 1. WSU Presentation Thursday October 10, 2013 School Improvement Discussion by Kathy Ehman, Chief Special Services Officer, Puyallup School District
  • 2. HowDoWeImproveStudentAchievementand WhatDoesLeadershipLookLike?
  • 3. A Plan for Effective School Leadership According to an old proverb, "A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world.“ Our meta-analysis resulted in the identification of 21 responsibilities that define the role of a school leader. School Leadership That Works by Robert J. Marzano, Timothy Waters and Brian A. McNulty
  • 4. What should I know about School Improvement? All schools must have a School Improvement Plan ………… and You will want one! Your district may direct or guide your work in this area So what should I know or do……….
  • 5. And then came the State ESEA Waiver. . . . . Gone was: AYP Steps 1-4 Choice Supplemental Educational Services School Improvement Plans In came: AMO’s Priority, Focus, and Emerging Schools Student Growth Percentiles Student and School Success Plans i.e.: Indistar *Same animal, just different stripes. . . . . . .
  • 6. School improvement can be a complicated journey. Lots of people have ideas on where to go and what to do. They just don’t always have the same idea on how to get there.
  • 7. The journey can become complicated and messy. The destination gets lost in the mess.
  • 8. Indistar® isn’t faster than a speeding bullet. It isn’t even the “magic bullet” every school would like to find, but it does get everyone headed in the same direction and moving toward the same destination.
  • 9. The ultimate goal in school improvement is for the people associated with the school to drive its continuous improvement for the sake of their own children and students.
  • 10. A New Way The Old Way Accountable for Rules and Regulations Data = Student Outcomes Only Culture of Compliance Annual Paper Plan Mail, Fax Paper Reports Focus on Programs Top-Down Initiative, with Oversight Indistar Accountable for Effective Practice Data = Practice + Student Culture of Candor and Support Continuous Improvement Process System-Generated, Electronic Reports Focus on Effective Practice School Initiative, with Support
  • 11. Main Menu When the School Indicators link is selected from the dashboard, the Main Menu screen appears. The School Improvement Process is a continuous cycle of Assess, Create, and Monitor the work on the indicators of effective practice. Also provided are tutorial videos, resources, reports, a place to set up agendas and keep minutes, and access to coaching comments. “Where are we now?” provides a quick glimpse of the work of the school team in graphs and reports. Convenient access to tech support or to view state contacts is also provided on the main menu.
  • 12. It Bears Repeating There’s no magic in the web system. It does help keep a school focused on what really matters, and keeps the conversations centered on the professional practices of the people most closely connected to the students in the building, but the real magic happens in the work of the teams.
  • 13. Good luck in your journey. . . . . Comments and/or Questions?