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Birmingham City Schools Leadership Academy

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    • Birmingham City Schools Leadership Academy
    • Our Project
      • Leadership training for Principals and Assistant Principals
      Our Role Research and contribute to program design Goal Establish yearly leadership academy
    • Today’s Presentation
      • Birmingham City Schools
      • Need for Leadership Academy
      • Academy components
      • Funding
      • Next steps
    • Birmingham City Schools
    • Birmingham City Schools
      • 4 th largest school system in the state of Alabama
      • 60 schools
      • 60 principals, 50 assistant principals
      • 27,751 students
      • MISSION
      • Guide all students to achieve excellence in a safe, secure and nurturing environment.
      • VISION
      • Be a recognized leader in public education, meeting the needs of a diverse student
      • population prepared to succeed in a global society.
    • Birmingham City Schools
      • K – 8 : 8 schools
      • Elementary: 31 schools
      • Middle: 13 schools
      • High: 7 schools
      • Alternative: 1 school
    • Principals M ust have at least three years of teaching experience, a Master’s Degree and experience as an assistant principal.
    • Principals
      • Lead the school
      • Set the tone
      • Set the goals
      • “ A school’s success depends on
      • the principal’s leadership”
    • Need For Leadership
      • “ In EDUCATION, school leaders must continually adapt to changes and challenges both for themselves and their staff to raise student achievement. LEADERSHIP is the central ingredient – often the keystone element in school success as defined in terms of student achievement.”
      • - Barbara Allen
    • Education Is The Foundation On Which An Individual’s Life Is Built
      • Education impacts a person’s:
      • Health status
      • Income
      • Risk behaviors
      • Likelihood of incarceration
      A greater fraction of Americans are graduating from college and a greater fraction are dropping out of high school
    • Less Education = Less Income, Greater Likelihood Of Poverty
      • Compared to a high school drop out:
      • Workers with professional degrees earn 4.4x as much
      • With a masters 2.5x
      • With a college degree 2.1x
      % Alabama Residents Living in Poverty by Educational Attainment
    • Less Education = More Risk, Poorer Health Status
      • Age adjusted death rates for high school drop outs are 2.7x those of grads
      • High school drop outs are 3x more likely to smoke
      • 20% of U.S. workers cannot read even Rx bottle instructions
      Education remains positively correlated to health status, independent of other variables such as age, income or poverty status
    • Education Is The Foundation Of A Community
      • Higher per capita income
      • Lower unemployment
      • Less poverty
      • Higher physician/population ratios
      • Lower infant mortality
      Cities with educated populations out perform those with less educated populations More than 4,200 people depend on the Birmingham schools for employment; Down 14% in 4 years.
    • The Sins Of The Father…And Mother
      • An additional year of maternal
        • education is associated with an 18% increase in average family income
      • Less maternal education linked to:
        • - Higher infant mortality
        • - More grade repetition
      • For each year of additional parental
        • educ ation, a child’s earning’s increase by 0.4%
      Parental education plays a substantial role in inequality
    • Lack Of Education Can Turn You “ Inside Out”
      • 75% of inmates are high school drop outs
      • 8 out of 10 dropouts end up incarcerated
      • 80% of inmates are functionally illiterate
      Incarceration rates are associated with educational attainment http:// www.mattiecstewart.org/insideout.html
    • A Need For Leadership
      • “ The future of America and the economy in the 21 st century depends on a public education system rising to challenges far greater than in the past.”
        • - Kathryn S. Wylde
      • Most public schools in the United States have not made a commitment to leadership training for their principals or assistance principals
      • The Birmingham City school system currently does not have a structured leadership academy for its principals or assistant principals
    • Leadership Academy
    • Leadership Academy Mission is to create the leadership momentum that will transform the quality of educational instruction in the school system as a whole. The academy will equip its participants to be energetic change agents who elevate public school standards and expectations, motivate teachers, implement curriculum changes, and make lasting improvement in the classroom learning environment.
    • Leadership Academy Building Blocks
      • Commitment by administration, principals and assistant principals
      • Outside facilitator to guide program
      • Curriculum focused on best practices
      • Commit to a multi-year program
      • Attendance and accountability
    • Structure Highlights
      • Program duration - Each school year
      • Classroom training, site visits, webinars, in-school assignments
      • Graduated tiers of training
      • Multiple groups of up to 20 each
      • Study groups
      • Book study
      • Community / business leaders as partners and mentors
    • Curriculum Highlights
      • Communication skills
      • Climate and culture
      • Curriculum development and monitoring
      • Collaboration and distributive leadership
      • Strategic planning and financial management
      • HR and legal issues
      • Data-driven decision making
      • Technology
    • Learning Process
      • Webinar introduces a topic
      • Full day meeting includes site visit and training on topic
      • Small groups meet to collaborate on topic
      • Implement in their schools
      • Report on their experiences at next meeting
    • Example Program
      • Jefferson County School System’s Leadership Academy
      • Tailored to address their system’s goals
      • Entering third year
      • Four graduated tiers of training, application process
      • Program began with assistant principals and grew to include principals
      • Consultant/facilitator played role in program design and has remained involved
    • Example Program
      • Investment + Commitment = Dividends
      • “ We changed our meetings from gripe sessions to forward-thinking sessions”
      • “ We are learning how to lead, not just manage”
      • Feeder pattern improvement
      • One school experienced a drop in teacher turnover from 65% to 40%
      • Participants are engaged and leading the conversation
      • Participants have formed their own network
      • Motivated and excited leaders
    • Getting Started
      • Assess the system
      • Get stakeholders together to design
      • Get applicants interested
      • Kick-off this school year
    • Program Evaluation
      • Beginning after one year, the program will be evaluated on:
        • Enhanced Student Learning – test scores, expanded course offerings, etc.
        • Teacher performance
        • Participant evaluation of program elements
        • Teacher/Administrator Turnover
        • Culture/Environment Improvements – Has the system improved through a consistent message and set of best practices?
    • Potential Academy Partners BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION
    • Funding
    • Estimated Costs
      • Comparable Program
      • Cost Breakdown
      • Jefferson County School System
      • - 9 Month Leadership Academy
      • - Currently In 3 rd Year
      • Consultant: $ 40,000/year
      • Webinar License: $ 22,000/year
      • Meeting Expenses: $ 6,000/year
      • Transportation: $ 6,000/year
      • Total: $ 74,000/year
    • Estimated Costs
      • 44 Principals/Ass’t Principals Per Year In Academy
      • Yearly Cost: $74,000
      • Average Per Principal/Ass’t Principal: $1,700
      • 60 Participants
      • x $1,700 Per Participant
      • = $102,000
      • (Estimated Cost Per Year)
    • Funding Sources
      • Birmingham City Schools
        • Birmingham Education Foundation
        • Jefferson County Schools Public Education
        • Foundation
    • Birmingham City Schools
        • Some funds available for leadership training
    • Birmingham Education Foundation (Newly Established)
        • Mission: Work with city school system leadership to allow system to reach its vision.
        • Vision: Birmingham children are fully prepared for success in work and in life.
        • Board Chairman Fred McCallum - One of their four goals is to implement leadership training.
    • Jefferson County Schools Public Education Foundation
        • Current leadership academy budget contemplates inclusion of other school system principals, including those from City of Birmingham Schools.
    • It Can Be Done
      • Costs
      • $102,000/year (estimated)
      • Funds
      • Already existing funds within:
      • - Birmingham City Schools Budget
      • - Jefferson County Schools Public Education Foundation
      • Potential future funds:
      • - Birmingham Education Foundation
    • Next Steps
      • Commitment from Birmingham City Schools 
      • Present To Birmingham Education Foundation
      •   Retain Outside Facilitator – Assessment and Design
      •   Enlist community / business partners
      •   Move forward 2009 - 2010