7habits of highly effective ell advocates


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How can we effectively advocate for our EL students? Stephen Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" is a framework that can guide our work.

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7habits of highly effective ell advocates

  1. 1. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective ELL Advocates <ul><li>Kristina Robertson </li></ul><ul><li>Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District </li></ul><ul><li>MDE ESL, Bilingual and Migrant Conference </li></ul><ul><li>April 15, 2011 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Session Goals: <ul><li>Participants will be able to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relate Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Successful People” to their own lives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a strategic focus for their ELL program goals using components of “7 Habits” and planning tools </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What happens in our brains when we advocate for ELLs? Reptilian Brain Neocortex and Limbic Brain
  4. 4. Overview The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey <ul><li>Be Proactive </li></ul><ul><li>Begin with the End in Mind </li></ul><ul><li>Put First Things First </li></ul><ul><li>Think Win/Win </li></ul><ul><li>Seek to Understand, Then be Understood </li></ul><ul><li>Synergize </li></ul><ul><li>Sharpen the Saw </li></ul>
  5. 5. 1. Be Proactive <ul><li>Proactive vs. Reactive </li></ul><ul><li>Circle of Concern vs . Circle of Influence </li></ul>Proactive Language “ Let’s look at our alternatives.” “ I choose…” “ I prefer….” Reactive Language “ There’s nothing we can do.” “ They won’t allow that.” “ I have to do that.” The Habit of Choice
  6. 6. 2. Begin with the End in Mind <ul><li>What do you REALLY want to be remembered for? </li></ul><ul><li>Write your Life’s MISSION </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To empower others to achieve their full potential. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clarify your real GOALS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A position where I can use my knowledge and influence to improve academic achievement for ELLs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities to work collaboratively with other educators to create quality ELL programs and identify solutions to barriers for academic success. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Match your Actions with your MISSION & GOALS </li></ul>The Habit of Vision
  7. 7. 3. Put First Things First <ul><li>Be intentional </li></ul><ul><li>Organize & Execute around Priorities </li></ul><ul><li>To say “YES” to your Priorities, Learn to say “NO” to some other activities (which may appear urgent !) </li></ul>Important Not Important Urgent Not Urgent ELL numbers for staffing today Develop ELL Program planning tool Unimportant phone calls, email, useless meetings Gossip with co-workers, busywork, Angry Birds The Habit of Integrity and Execution
  8. 8. 4. Think Win/Win <ul><li>Seeks mutual benefit. </li></ul><ul><li>Is cooperative, not competitive. </li></ul><ul><li>Listens more, stays in communication longer, and communicates with more courage. </li></ul>The Habit of Mutual Benefit <ul><li>You need to: </li></ul><ul><li>Build Trust in Relationships - your Emotional Bank Account </li></ul><ul><li>Seek to Understand Others </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Integrity generates Trust </li></ul>
  9. 9. 5. Seek FIRST to Understand, Then be Understood <ul><li>Listen! </li></ul><ul><li>Empathetic listening - I listen with the intent to understand. </li></ul><ul><li>Autobiographical listening - I listen with the intent to reply. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask SINCERE, clarifying Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Be Aware of Your Filters </li></ul>The Habit of Mutual Understanding
  10. 10. 6. Synergize <ul><li>Synergy - The process of interacting that highly effective people use to get solutions together. </li></ul>The Habit of Creative Cooperation Groupthink (giving in to peer pressure). Having a mutually agreed-upon end in mind. Win-lose competition. Win-win cooperation. A brainstorming free-for-all that leads nowhere. Exploring and seeking different perspectives. Synergizing is not: Synergizing is:
  11. 11. 7. Sharpen the Saw: Spiritual Self- Renewal <ul><li>Physical : Exercise, Nutrition, Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Mental : Study, Visualize, Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Social/Emotional : Forgive, Service, Empathy </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual : Values Clarification & Commitment, Prayer & Meditation, Sing & Dance, Retreats in Nature </li></ul>The Habit of Renewal To maintain and increase effectiveness, we must renew ourselves in body, heart, mind, and soul.
  12. 12. ELL Advocacy Be Proactive Win-Win
  13. 13. ELL Advocacy: Be Proactive <ul><li>Proactive vs. Reactive </li></ul>Proactive Language “ Let’s look at our alternatives.” “ I choose…” “ I prefer….” Reactive Language “ There’s nothing we can do.” “ They won’t allow that.” “ I have to do that.” The Habit of Choice When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~ Viktor Frankl
  14. 14. Be Proactive: Circle of Influence vs. Circle of Concern Circle of Concern Circle of Influence <ul><li>School budget cuts </li></ul><ul><li>Past mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>My upbringing </li></ul><ul><li>Delayed flight </li></ul><ul><li>My happiness </li></ul><ul><li>How others treat me </li></ul><ul><li>My effectiveness as a teacher </li></ul>
  15. 15. ELL Advocacy: Think Win-Win <ul><li>Six Paradigms: </li></ul><ul><li>Win-Win: Let’s find a solution that works for both of us. </li></ul><ul><li>Win-Lose: I’m going to beat you no matter what. </li></ul><ul><li>Lose-Win: I always get stepped on. </li></ul>What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
  16. 16. <ul><li>Lose-Lose: If I’m going down, you’re going down with me. </li></ul><ul><li>Win: As long as I win, I don’t care if you win or lose. </li></ul><ul><li>Win-Win or No Deal : Let’s find a solution that works for both of us, or let’s not play. </li></ul>ELL Advocacy: Think Win-Win
  17. 17. What does win-win look like? What’s a win for them? What’s a win for you? Situation:
  18. 18. In order to have win-win agreements…. What are the rewards of achieving the outcome? What are the consequences of not achieving the outcome? Consequences How will we measure how well it’s going? Accountability What resources do I have to work with? (people, money, materials, technology) Resources What rules do I follow? What are the guidelines for accomplishing the results? Guidelines What’s the end in mind? What are the outcomes I want? Desired Results
  19. 19. How do you know it’s a win-win agreement? <ul><li>Clarifies expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Increases empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>Delegate responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Align conflicting priorities </li></ul>
  20. 20. Some advocacy guidelines (wisdom I’ve picked up over the years) <ul><li>You are advocating for those who don’t have a voice, so you need to speak up, but don’t go in alone … many voices are more effective. </li></ul><ul><li>You won’t get what you want if you tick people off. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be more successful with allies and a plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your integrity - work for change with honesty and openness. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Some advocacy guidelines (wisdom I’ve picked up over the years) <ul><li>Start small - success with one item builds credibility, trust and a relationship for future success. </li></ul><ul><li>Be realistic - it may not be the right time for your ultimate goal, but are there other goals you can work on while waiting for the climate to change? </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready - even if it won’t happen today or tomorrow - keep your information (data, research) together so you are ready when the opportunity arises. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Lets get started! <ul><li>Look at ELL Advocacy Planning Sheet </li></ul><ul><li>Guides you through questions such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your goal? What is your number one thing to improve the academic experience of ELLs? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What needs to happen in order to achieve that goal? (permission, agreement, communication) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What barriers exist? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What resources could you draw on? </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Further considerations <ul><li>What does the “decider” care about? Research? Data? Funding? Academic results? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the first steps to move towards your goal? (more allies? More research? A committee?) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Finally… <ul><li>What allies and resources can you draw on? Who does the “decider” listen to? </li></ul><ul><li>Write statement of intent: SMART goal (helpful if this is a shared goal with allies) </li></ul>
  25. 25. More questions? <ul><li>contact: Kristina Robertson [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.elltitle.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li> http://eladvocacynetwork.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li> www.twitter.com/kmrobertz </li></ul><ul><li>“ The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey </li></ul>