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Dr. Gary Cohn, Everett Public Schools

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  • Your Leadership Prioritiesin the First YearCrafting a Theory of Action to BridgeTheory to Practice
    Washington State University
    Superintendent’s Credential Program
    February 12, 2011
  • Entry Planning, Strategic Planning
    A theory of action is a brief statement of how the practice of the individual — at the system or school level — leads to increases in learning and performance for students
    Richard Elmore, "Professional Networks and School Improvement"  The School Administrator, April 2007
    Theories of action, theoretical models, and practical application
    Knowing-Doing Gap: “Teamwork requires embracing common sense with uncommon levels of discipline and persistence.” (Lencioni, 2002)
  • Entry Planning, Strategic Planning
    What was my theory of action?
    Upon what theoretical model did I rely?
    How did I apply the model – practically – during the phases of entry?
  • RonHeifetz
    Adaptive Change
    Systemic Change
    Technical Change
    © 2001 Harvard Business School Publishing
  • CONTEXTS: Understanding Global, State, & Community Realities, and Re-Visioning What ALL Students Now Need to Know
    Conditions of learning and teaching for students and adults
    Culture
    of classrooms, schools, districts
    Improving
    ALL Students’ Learning
    Competenciesof adults
    © 2002 CLG & President & Fellows of Harvard College
    TonyWagner
  • RichardElmore
    Individual
    Responsibility
    Collective
    Expectations
    Organizational
    Alignment
    Policy Environment
    Standards – Assessments - Consequences
    Internally Generated
    Formal Accountability
    School
    Individual
    © Consortium for Policy Research in Education
  • Content
    Teacher
    Student
    Opportunity
    Understanding
    Instructional Core
    Relevance
    Rigor
    Relationship
    RichardElmore
  • RichardElmore
  • Entry Phases
    FIRST YEAR
    tRANSITION
    INTERVIEW
    Michael Watkins, The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels
  • Interview priorities
    Student achievement growth (“The Next 20%”)
    Graduation rate improvement
    Diversity and cultural competence
    Employee association relationships
    Community relationships & engagement
    Board-superintendent team development
  • Transition priorities
    Diversity and cultural competence
    Employee association relationships
    Community relationships & engagement
    Transition/orientation period
    Organizational challenges
    Transition visits
    Schools
    Community leaders
    Culture
    of classrooms, schools, districts
  • First year priorities
    Student achievement growth (“The Next 20%”)
    Graduation rate improvement
    Diversity and cultural competence
    Employee association relationships
    Strategic planning/community engagement
    Board-superintendent team development
  • First year priorities
    Strategic & District Improvement Plan Implementation
    Student achievement growth (“The Next 20%”)
    Graduation rate improvement
    Diversity and cultural competence
    Climate & Team Development
    Employee association relationships
    Board-superintendent team development
    Community Relationships & Engagement
    Strategic planning/community engagement
    District Operations
    Financial Operations
  • First year priorities
    The Effect of School Leadership on Student Achievement, Waters & Marzano, McRel, September 2006
  • Strategic Decision Making: Need for Alignment
    Success for each student
    ©
  • Strategic Decision Making: Need for Alignment
    STRATEGIC/OPERATIONAL/TACTICAL
    DECISIONS AND ACTIONS
    (how they do it)
    STRATEGIC PLAN
    (Where they are going)
    ROLES
    (What people do)
    ©
  • Strategic Decision Making: Need for Alignment
    Strategic Planning
    Council
    Equity and Access
    Advisory Council
    Capital Facilities
    Advisory Council
    Superintendent’s
    Cabinet
    Superintendent’s
    Leadership Team
    District
    Staff
    School Board
    Superintendent
    MISSION
    Fiscal Advisory
    Council
    Instructional
    Leadership
    Council
    KEY ROLES: Aligning the Work on Student Achievement
    Technology
    Advisory Council
    ©
  • EVERETT PUBLIC SCHOOLS: RENEWING THE STRATEGIC PLAN
    ALIGNPLAN
    Articulate
    Key
    Components
    Of
    Strategic
    Plan
    VISIONING
    (Large Scale Community
    Engagement
    Activity)
    (Sup, Board,
    Steering Team)
    ST = Study Session/Info Gathering Activity
    ST2
    ST3
    Create Straw Vision
    ST4
    ST1
    Design
    Team
    Review
    Existing
    Data
    Environmental Scan
    Environmental
    Scanning Task
    Force
    Note: this is
    A multi-component
    Vision for the District,
    Not a simple, one-line
    Vision Statement
    CE4
    CE1
    CE2
    CE3
    Strategic Planning
    Council
    CE = Small Community Engagement Sessions
    Data Gathering Activity
    Community
    Engagement/
    Strategic
    Alignment
    Plan
    (Sup with
    Consultants)
    Strategic Roadmap
    ©
    Nov ’09 Dec ‘09 Jan ’10 May ’10 July ’10 Oct ’10 Jan ‘11
  • Community engagement
    Strategic planning
    October 22 and 23 Visioning event
    Meld and coalesce public discussions to date
    Involved approximately 150 people for two days
    End result – this spring a new district strategic plan, incorporating community expectations and system accountability measures
  • C
    Our core values drive our actions and behavior
    Initiatives
    WORKING
    TOGETHER
    LEARNING
    Priorities
    Processes
    Resource allocation
    Innovation, Information
    And Technology
    Community
    Student Learning
    DIVERSITY
    INTEGRITY
    People, Structure
    And Systems
    Families
    District
    Intentional Partnering
    and Strategic Relationships
    Plans
    Measures
    Teaching and Learning
    RESPECT
    PASSION
    Strategies
    EQUITY
    Rev. 2-8-2011
  • Questions?