Spring 2010 All Staff In-Service Day - DIT Overview and PurposePresentation Transcript
“ The essential challenge is to transform self-interest and isolation within our communities into connectedness and caring for the whole.
We begin by shifting our attention from the problems of community to the possibility of community.”
Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging
Purpose of the AMA District Improvement Team
To strengthen communication across our organization
To ensure activities of the AMA ESD are aligned to its mission
To continuously evaluate the effectiveness of the activities
To provide support to ensure sustainability of successful activities
Learning Targets for Meeting
Create awareness of current initiatives
Examine best practices in professional development initiatives
Develop criteria for successful initiatives
Develop awareness of current initiatives
Teams will be assigned an initiative.
As a group, you will have 1 minute to write down as many facts as you can on any of the subtopics.
Stop after 1 minute (timer will let you know) and rotate clockwise.
Teams will have 2 minutes to read and discuss what the previous team has written. During this discussion, teams can put a question mark by any item with which they disagree or if they have a question regarding an item.
You will then have 1 minute to write any additional information regarding any of the subtopics.
Continue rotating through all of the initiatives.
Development of AMA ESD Strategic Plan Framework Adopted April 10, 2008
MISSION AND SLOGAN
The mission of AMA ESD is to serve and support student achievement.
AMA ESD.… supporting student achievement
The vision of AMA ESD is that:
Our primary focus is to support the efforts of our local districts and communities to ensure every child achieves his or her fullest potential.
Every school we serve is of such high quality that kids are excited to come to school and parents are proud to send them.
Every decision we make is based on the best interests of children.
All students leave our schools prepared to contribute and compete in a global society.
We believe ….
… We are here to serve all children.
… Each student can learn and deserves the best education possible.
… Decisions are to be based upon best practice.
… Parents are key partners in the success of their children.
… Collaboration with our communities is essential.
… All services must be delivered with excellence and integrity.
… Everyone deserves dignity and respect.
INDICATORS OF SUCCESS
Support of Student Achievement
All programs and services are valued by clients for enhancing student achievement while saving them time and resources.
Clients’ perception of the quality of mutually agreed-upon services provided, as measured by a survey or structured interviews of superintendents, principals, and teachers
Culture of Communication, Collaboration and Transparency
The ESD’s culture will reflect an attitude of communication, collaboration and transparency.
Client survey items regarding their perception of the culture and quality of communication (in addition to surveying them regarding quality and value of services)
Survey of staff and boards of education regarding their perceptions of the culture and quality of communication
Community Engagement and Support
The ESD board and staff are viewed as valued community, regional and state partners; the ESD is supported by the community.
ESD board and staff involvement in community leadership roles
Staff involvement in regional and state leadership roles
Community contributions of time and money
Attendance at district-wide events hosted by AMA ESD
Every functional area of ESD operations will demonstrate best of field practice and continuous improvement.
Each functional area to establish metrics in terms of a) customer satisfaction, b) cost effectiveness, and c) compliance. Areas include business and finance, pupil accounting, transportation, facilities management, food services, technology, and human resources.
The area of State and Federal Compliance will report on number of compliance variances.
Align AMA K-12 Curriculum with state standards
Identify Power Standards and I-can statements
Develop common summative assessments
Curriculum Initiative Development
Curriculum committee set overarching goal
Focus on Core Curriculum
Consultants researched best practice
Consultants facilitated teachers
AMA ESD created documents to distribute to administrators and teachers
Organization of ELA Curriculum Initiative High School Grades 9-11 Elementary/Middle Grades K-8 Daytime meetings with representatives from three districts Daytime meetings with representatives from three districts Teachers were led through process of discussion and tallying of most important content expectations Teachers were led through process of rating content expectations using developed criteria, most important were identified Power Standards/I can statements developed for each Unit taught Power Standards/I can statements developed for grade level by domain
Targeted Writing Project
Purpose: To implement a systematic, research-based approach to teaching writing K-6 using the writing workshop structure.
Commonality in the writing curriculum
Increased student achievement in writing
Developers of Initiative: AMA ESD, LSSU, ACC
Targeted Writing Project
Structure of Initiative
Cohort: 15 K-6 teachers from 3 districts
Summer Institute: 15 teachers grades 3-12 from 3 districts and 20 students participated in a week-long summer institute.
Year 2 (Pilot): Building administrators and 60 K-6 teachers in four “pilot” schools, 3 districts
Year 3 (Full Implementation): Administrators and 100+ teachers, 4 districts
Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi)
S.T.A.R.S. S upporting T eachers a nd R eaders S uccessfully
Ultimate Goal of S.T.A.R.S.
Help struggling readers become successful in the general education classroom
R tI Specialists were hired and trained to provide the following services to K-2 students:
*Teach research-based interventions
*Constantly monitor student progress
*Collect important data to share with teachers and the ESD
Program specific training throughout the school year
Monthly meetings with all RtI Specialists to review data, discuss programs, and enhance best teaching practices
On site observations to help identify areas of strength and offer suggestions
Principals’ meetings twice a year
Creating long-lasting change
Learning Target: Examine best practices in professional development initiatives
Each individual will read his/her assigned section and do the following:
Underline a sentence which sums up your assigned section
Identify a phrase which communicates the most important idea
Choose a word which symbolizes the most important message
When everyone in your group has finished, your small group discussion will follow this structure:
Provide a summary of the section you read
Share your sentence, phrase, and word
After everyone in your small group has shared:
Choose your favorite phrase from those presented in the group
Each person will share his/her word with the whole group
Develop criteria for successful initiatives
In your table group, develop a list of 3-5 criteria that you believe contribute to a successful initiative.