NCASCD - District Improvement 2/09


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  • Introduction of group by Dr. Vandett
  • NCASCD - District Improvement 2/09

    1. 1. Hickory Public Schools February 12, 2009 Wiki Your Way to Improved Instruction
    2. 2. Objectives for Session: <ul><li>Review key principles of school improvement planning and district reform </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the process used in developing HPS instructional core </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight technology applications used throughout process </li></ul>
    3. 3. District Context <ul><li>City School System with 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 high school, and 1 alternative school </li></ul><ul><li>4,500 students </li></ul><ul><li>Located in Catawba County, a small urban center in northwestern North Carolina </li></ul>
    4. 4. District Context <ul><li>53.5% of our students qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch (ranging from 35% to 94%) </li></ul><ul><li>15% of our students are English Language Learners </li></ul><ul><li>The district operates under a court order for desegregation (1973) </li></ul><ul><li>The school district has made its first step out of LEA Improvement </li></ul>
    5. 5. District Context: Demographics 48.9% White 6.6% Multi-Racial 22.9% Black 15.7% Hispanic 5.4% Asian Percentage Ethnicity
    6. 6. District Context: School Improvement Model <ul><li>Our previous was template based </li></ul><ul><li>Schools included everything they were doing </li></ul><ul><li>Our School Board annually reviewed plans </li></ul><ul><li>No formal training and on site support for planning/needs assessment </li></ul><ul><li>No formal monitoring of implementation existed to assist schools </li></ul><ul><li>Most schools used test scores as the primary source of data </li></ul><ul><li>Schools selected the strategies they believed would address needs </li></ul>
    7. 7. To address Improvement… <ul><li>Established: </li></ul><ul><li>a collaborative partnership between The Education Alliance & Hickory Public Schools </li></ul><ul><li>With a goal of: </li></ul><ul><li>developing a multi-level system of school improvement that holds both the district and schools accountable for student success </li></ul><ul><li>Resulting in… </li></ul><ul><li>data-based decision making leading to the implementation of evidence-based strategies for increased student success </li></ul>
    8. 8. What does the Research say? <ul><li>According to Elmore (2000), improvement is… </li></ul><ul><li>change with direction , sustained over time, that moves entire systems , raising the average level of quality and performance while at the same time decreasing the variation among units, and engaging people in analysis and understanding of why some actions seem to work and others don’t </li></ul>
    9. 9. The research cont’d… <ul><li>Planning for District Improvement involves: </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a theory of change framework </li></ul><ul><li>Selecting indicators for measuring change and setting timelines </li></ul><ul><li>Gaining community support for change </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing the plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Connell & Klem, 2000) </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. The research cont’d… <ul><li>“ Scaling up” your improvement efforts through: </li></ul>(Coburn, 2003) <ul><li>Depth </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Spread </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership </li></ul>
    11. 11. Domains of School Improvement <ul><li>Comprehensive needs assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum, instruction & assessment for student outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Research-based improvement strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Parent & community involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination of resources </li></ul><ul><li>Qualified staff </li></ul><ul><li>School governance and management </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
    12. 12. Continuous School Improvement Framework Gather school and student-level data, including evaluation results of previous improvement efforts Identify and prioritize needs Determine/refine school goals, objectives and performance targets Analyze data to determine areas for improvement Evaluate results in comparison to school goals and performance targets Implement your plan Research and select appropriate strategies/interventions
    13. 13. Basing the system on the the framework and guided by the domains… <ul><li>A collaborative process is cultivated </li></ul><ul><li>through which staff members identify </li></ul><ul><li>strengths and weaknesses of the entire </li></ul><ul><li>school operation and use that information </li></ul><ul><li>as a basis for making positive changes in </li></ul><ul><li>deliberate, cohesive, observable, and </li></ul><ul><li>measurable student outcomes. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Think, Pair, Share <ul><li>Reflecting on the domains and the continuous </li></ul><ul><li>improvement framework… </li></ul><ul><li>How closely does your process resemble the presented domains and framework? </li></ul><ul><li>What are you doing differently? </li></ul><ul><li>How could the domains and/or framework inform changes to your school improvement system? </li></ul><ul><li>Does your school improvement plan process include district improvement planning? </li></ul>
    15. 15. The Importance of District Planning <ul><li>Elmore states that the reason schools don’t change is due to the structure of management. </li></ul><ul><li>School systems traditionally use a “loosely coupled” theory of management. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Loose Coupling <ul><li>We hire good teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>We allow them to do what they do best. </li></ul><ul><li>The administrative role is to buffer the teacher from outside interference. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers identify what they need to improve. </li></ul><ul><li>Each teacher individually manages the instruction in the classroom. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Our challenge… <ul><li>As a system, we could not make positive change for students without </li></ul><ul><ul><li>engaging in district-wide needs assessment and planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>touching the instructional core. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teachers need a clear picture of our instructional expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>They need our support to change practice. </li></ul><ul><li>We have never explicitly defined what quality instruction looks like in our system. </li></ul>
    18. 18. District Improvement Plan <ul><li>District Improvement team met numerous times and followed the new process </li></ul><ul><li>Presented the plan to schools and stakeholders for feedback and buy-in </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewed with Education Alliance using established criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Revised the content and shared the working document </li></ul>
    19. 20. Instructional Core <ul><li>What should be taught </li></ul><ul><li>When it is taught </li></ul><ul><li>How it is taught </li></ul><ul><li>What students are expected to learn </li></ul><ul><li>How students demonstrate learning </li></ul><ul><li>How students are evaluated </li></ul>
    20. 21. <ul><li>1. Define Instructional Core to meet the needs of diverse learners in the 21st Century </li></ul>
    21. 22. a. Create resource repository of supporting research <ul><li>i. Create a Wiki for collaboration </li></ul>
    22. 28. b. Create and conduct district survey of instructional practices to determine current practice and begin the process of defining the instructional core.
    23. 35. c. Present District Plan to schools
    24. 38. d. Conduct focus group meetings <ul><li>collaboration and comments </li></ul>
    25. 39. Next steps… <ul><li>e. Reach consensus on Instructional Core </li></ul><ul><li>f. Publish document that ties to research base </li></ul>
    26. 40. 2. Define the state curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners in the 21st Century. <ul><li>a.Vertically align core subject areas using a research based process </li></ul><ul><li>b. Develop a wiki to collaborate on vertical process </li></ul><ul><li>c. Study research associated with content area instruction </li></ul><ul><li>d. Publish documents through the web and to a secured site for teachers </li></ul><ul><li>e. Schedule review sessions for ongoing dialogue regarding curriculum changes, updates, resources </li></ul>
    27. 41. Vertical Articulation <ul><li>Process </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul>
    28. 45. 3. Conduct Gap Analysis at Each school regarding teacher practice in relationship to instructional core <ul><li>a. Develop Gap Analysis Process </li></ul><ul><li>b. Conduct Gap Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>c. Create a gap analysis report for each school and the district that outlines the gap between current instructional practice and the stated instructional core in order to plan future professional development and school improvement work </li></ul>
    29. 46. Technology to Support Gap Analysis Classroom Walkthrough Tool
    30. 49. Any Questions?
    31. 50. Contact Information Hickory Public Schools 828.322.2855 Dr. Ric Vandett Superintendent [email_address] Timothy Sims Director of Student Services [email_address] Ann Stalnaker Director of C&I [email_address] Donna Murray Instructional Technology Specialist [email_address]