Inspiration from Houston’s Successful YES Prep Schools  Creating a Strong  School Culture
Webinar Protocols <ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Listen online, or dial in: (773) 945-1010; code: 156-218-997. </...
Inspiration from Houston’s Successful YES Prep Schools  Creating a Strong  School Culture
Mayra Valle
 
Chris Barbic and Mark DiBella
Agenda <ul><li>Myths and Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>The Fundamentals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Great people </li></ul></ul><...
“ This is great, but ... ” <ul><li>YES “creams” kids. </li></ul><ul><li>YES kicks kids out who don’t do the work. </li></u...
YES Prep Challenges   <ul><li>Student Persistence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First year 25 percent attrition, this year 3 perce...
“ Transforming public education  is not rocket science.  It’s just hard, hard work.” —Chris Barbic, founder, YES Prep Publ...
The Fundamentals <ul><li>The belief system behind the culture at YES ... </li></ul><ul><li>Great People </li></ul><ul><li>...
Question Break
Great People <ul><li>People, People, People </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rounds (Differentiated Project Work Teams) </li></ul></u...
Great People — Lessons Learned <ul><li>Most Valuable Resources:  Time and Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Half-Day Passes”...
High Expectations <ul><li>For Students … </li></ul><ul><li>Earn Admission to a Four-Year University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
High Expectations — Lessons Learned <ul><li>Skills v. Content </li></ul><ul><li>“Algebra for All”    Eighth-Grade Math </...
Question Break
Student Support <ul><li>Interventions … </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated 6 th –12 th -Grade Model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Studen...
Student Support — Lessons Learned <ul><li>Middle School to High School Transition </li></ul><ul><li>Spring Trips / College...
Staff Support <ul><li>Teaching Excellence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State-approved teacher certification </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
Staff Support — Lessons Learned <ul><li>The Spectrum of Management  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From Micromanagement to Total Au...
Getting Started — Round 1 <ul><li>Great People:  Change the World in Teams </li></ul><ul><li>High Expectations:  Build a C...
Getting Started — Round 2 <ul><li>Great People:  Everyone Is a Recruiter </li></ul><ul><li>High Expectations:  End-in-Mind...
Q&A <ul><li>Please use the Questions pane on the right or use #edutopiawebinar on Twitter to submit any questions you may ...
Thanks for Attending <ul><li>Let us know what you think  by filling out the survey. </li></ul><ul><li>If you know anyone w...
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December 10, 2009:"Creating a Strong School Culture: Inspiration from Houston's Successful YES Prep Schools"

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Presenters: Chris Barbic, founder of the YES Prep Public Schools, Mark DiBella, school director at YES Prep North Central, and Mayra Valle, a senior at YES Prep North Central

Target audience: Ideal for teachers and administrators interested in strengthening the culture at their schools

Anyone who has worked in public education knows that school culture can make or break the experience. Great teachers, programs, and practices succeed best only with a culture that supports them. In Houston's YES Prep Public Schools, educators put culture front and center, and it's a major force behind their success. Teachers support each other and constantly seek to help their colleagues improve. They build relationships with students to help them thrive even under the schools' rigorous demands.

The end result: happy teachers, and hundreds of low-income students becoming the first in their families to attend college. There's no magic involved -- just good ideas, dedicated people, and deft execution. In this session, YES Prep leaders explain what they do, how they do it, and how you can put some of these ideas in action at your school, too.

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  • December 10, 2009:"Creating a Strong School Culture: Inspiration from Houston's Successful YES Prep Schools"

    1. 1. Inspiration from Houston’s Successful YES Prep Schools Creating a Strong School Culture
    2. 2. Webinar Protocols <ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Listen online, or dial in: (773) 945-1010; code: 156-218-997. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Useful Information </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Webinar ID: 184-918-521. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use the Questions panel to submit questions. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>PowerPoint/Recordings </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Download a copy of the PowerPoint at edutopia .org/webinar -december . </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recordings of the webinar will be emailed. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Problems? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Email [email_address] .org . </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Inspiration from Houston’s Successful YES Prep Schools Creating a Strong School Culture
    4. 4. Mayra Valle
    5. 6. Chris Barbic and Mark DiBella
    6. 7. Agenda <ul><li>Myths and Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>The Fundamentals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Great people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Application at North Central </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges, Mistakes, and Lessons Learned </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Started </li></ul>
    7. 8. “ This is great, but ... ” <ul><li>YES “creams” kids. </li></ul><ul><li>YES kicks kids out who don’t do the work. </li></ul><ul><li>YES receives more money than traditional public schools. </li></ul><ul><li>YES has the freedom to do </li></ul><ul><li>things other public schools </li></ul><ul><li>can’t do. </li></ul>
    8. 9. YES Prep Challenges <ul><li>Student Persistence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First year 25 percent attrition, this year 3 percent so far </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Staff Retention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>25 percent attrition three years ago, last year under 10 percent </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Per-pupil allocation is $1,500 less than traditional public schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Developing Leaders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starting leadership pipeline ten years after YES was founded </li></ul></ul>
    9. 10. “ Transforming public education is not rocket science. It’s just hard, hard work.” —Chris Barbic, founder, YES Prep Public Schools
    10. 11. The Fundamentals <ul><li>The belief system behind the culture at YES ... </li></ul><ul><li>Great People </li></ul><ul><li>High Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Student Support </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Support </li></ul>
    11. 12. Question Break
    12. 13. Great People <ul><li>People, People, People </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rounds (Differentiated Project Work Teams) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Behavioral Interview Guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seven Personality Traits (available at edutopia.org ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sample Lessons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students vote on every new teacher </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Great People — Lessons Learned <ul><li>Most Valuable Resources: Time and Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Half-Day Passes” and Access to Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>School Culture Is a </li></ul><ul><li>Precious Heirloom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New-to-YES Mentors </li></ul></ul>
    14. 15. High Expectations <ul><li>For Students … </li></ul><ul><li>Earn Admission to a Four-Year University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100 percent of graduates accepted into a four-year university </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sweating the Small Stuff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The broken-window theory: belts, gum, and untucked shirts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Perform Service Back to Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community service hour requirements for all students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For Staff ... </li></ul><ul><li>Carry Cell Phones to Be Accessible to Students </li></ul><ul><li>Offer Tutorials and Enrichment </li></ul>
    15. 16. High Expectations — Lessons Learned <ul><li>Skills v. Content </li></ul><ul><li>“Algebra for All”  Eighth-Grade Math </li></ul>
    16. 17. Question Break
    17. 18. Student Support <ul><li>Interventions … </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated 6 th –12 th -Grade Model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students mentoring students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Schoolwide Discipline Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ RISE” and “Wall Street” and Demerit Cards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seminar Classes in High School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Established 9 th –12 th Seminar Curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exposure … </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Programs / Spring Trips / College Visits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Importance of fundraising, building relationships, and creating opportunities </li></ul></ul>
    18. 19. Student Support — Lessons Learned <ul><li>Middle School to High School Transition </li></ul><ul><li>Spring Trips / College Visits </li></ul><ul><li>One-Size-Fits-All Discipline (the 80-20 rule) </li></ul>
    19. 20. Staff Support <ul><li>Teaching Excellence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State-approved teacher certification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grade-Level Teams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly grade-level team meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Deans of Instruction and Curriculum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Constant, timely, relevant feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Direct Access to Administration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coffee Talks (three times per year) </li></ul></ul>
    20. 21. Staff Support — Lessons Learned <ul><li>The Spectrum of Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From Micromanagement to Total Autonomy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shorter, More Frequent Observations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Basic Package” </li></ul></ul>
    21. 22. Getting Started — Round 1 <ul><li>Great People: Change the World in Teams </li></ul><ul><li>High Expectations: Build a College-Bound Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Student Support: Give Out Your Cell Phone Number </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Support: Peer Observations </li></ul>
    22. 23. Getting Started — Round 2 <ul><li>Great People: Everyone Is a Recruiter </li></ul><ul><li>High Expectations: End-in-Mind Alignment </li></ul><ul><li>Student Support: Bidding Trips </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Support: Culture Calendar </li></ul>
    23. 24. Q&A <ul><li>Please use the Questions pane on the right or use #edutopiawebinar on Twitter to submit any questions you may have. </li></ul><ul><li>For unanswered questions, we encourage you to continue the discussion at our new YES Prep Teachers group, at edutopia .org/yes . </li></ul><ul><li>For additional resources, including the PowerPoint presentation and useful links, go to edutopia .org/webinar-december . </li></ul>
    24. 25. Thanks for Attending <ul><li>Let us know what you think by filling out the survey. </li></ul><ul><li>If you know anyone who would like to be a part of Edutopia , refer them to our membership page, at edutopia .org/join . </li></ul><ul><li>Stay tuned for Edutopia ’s upcoming webinar in February on social and emotional learning. </li></ul>

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