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