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Don't Count Us Out Presentation Public Agenda October 2011

  1. 1. Don’t Count us Out Public Agenda - October 2011
  3. 3. Don’t Count Us Out . . . <ul><li>Public schools are in an era of strong public accountability and building public trust. </li></ul><ul><li>Many school leaders believe that increasing accountability is a good way to build (or rebuild) public confidence – to show citizens that their schools are improving and are worthy of the public’s trust. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Don’t Count us Out . . . <ul><li>In the context of your school/district, what does the word “accountability” mean to you? </li></ul><ul><li>What strategies do you use to increase your accountability with your public? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you define the word “accountability?” </li></ul><ul><li>Is accountability, as you define it, creating a more productive relationship between school leadership and the public – one that enhances problem solving and generates more public trust and cooperation? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Don’t Count Us Out . . . <ul><li>The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines accountability as </li></ul><ul><li>“ an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Don’t Count Us Out . . . <ul><li>Study summary . . . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Don’t Count us Out . . . <ul><li>Americans remain disappointed with our nation’s institutions, despite considerable efforts by leaders in the public and private sector alike to build confidence by adopting tougher accountability measures. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Don’t Count us Out . . . <ul><li>The public and school leaders hold vastly different ideas about what it means to be accountable. Americans are deeply skeptical about the accuracy and importance of quantitative measures. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Don’t Count us Out . . . <ul><li>Most study participants believe that ethics and responsiveness matter as much as or more than rules and benchmarks. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Don’t Count us Out . . . <ul><li>Many study participants argue that accountability is not the job of leaders alone; it is the public’s responsibility as well, and that our institutions will not work well until leaders, individual employees and voters all behave more responsibly and with more concern about what their actions and decisions mean for others. </li></ul>
  11. 11. More Data Does Not Equal More Trust <ul><li>The study points out, while accountability strategies may be effective management tools: </li></ul><ul><li>“ they fall short in addressing the public’s most potent concerns. At best, they strike much of the public as complicated and perhaps marginally informative. At worst, they risk pushing the public and leaders even further apart.” </li></ul>
  12. 12. What can school leaders do? <ul><li>What can school leaders do to address this possibly corrosive accountability gap and avoid the harmful crosstalk? </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the side-by-side guide to the key differences between the way leaders and the public see the main elements of accountability. </li></ul><ul><li>Generate one idea/concept that you can apply to increase your public accountability. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Study Finding One <ul><li>For the pubic, accountability means individuals at every level behaving more responsibility. </li></ul><ul><li>For the public, lack of accountability occurs when people are so self-absorbed and uncaring that they refuse to accept responsibility for their actions. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Study Finding Two <ul><li>For the pubic, accountability means ensuring fairness. </li></ul><ul><li>For the public, lack of accountability occurs when rich, powerful, and well-connected people get away with breaking the rules, while average people pick up the pieces and pay the price. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Study Finding Three <ul><li>For the pubic, accountability means acting honorably and not taking advantage of people. </li></ul><ul><li>For the public, lack of accountability means manipulating people or exploiting their lack of knowledge and sophistication for profit or power. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Study Finding Four <ul><li>For the pubic, accountability means listening to the public and responding to people’s concerns personally and with respect and courtesy. </li></ul><ul><li>For the public, lack of accountability means relying on unresponsive, impenetrable, often mechanical systems that are essentially aimed at keeping the public at bay. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Study Finding Five <ul><li>For the pubic, accountability is a two-way street involving both leaders and citizens. </li></ul><ul><li>For the public, lack of accountability occurs when individuals avoid responsibility for their actions – whether they hold positions of power or are just average citizens. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Don’t Count Us Out <ul><li>At your table, discuss the most important contrasts between pubic and leadership views on accountability. (handout, p.2 of 3) </li></ul><ul><li>How might you apply the knowledge presented to increase your leadership accountability? </li></ul>