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Leading Systemic Change-By Design Not Chance


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Leading Systemic Change-By Design Not Chance

  1. 1. Leading Systemic By Design Change: Not Chance Patricia MacNeill, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent Greene County Schools Snow Hill, NC
  2. 2. WHO WE ARE •Five Schools •3,251 Students •212 Teachers •43% African American, 33% White, 22% Latino • 72% Free & Reduced Lunch •Both low wealth and small & rural
  3. 3. Our Shared Instructional Vision To create a community of learners in which administrators, teachers, students and parents are all active participants in the teaching/learning process. To use technology for the delivery of quality, student-centered instruction.
  4. 4. Building a Learning Community Communication Sharing Leadership Building Capacity Passion The Learning Environment Best in the World Economic Engine Consistency & Quality of Teaching Continuity Balanced with Providing of Programs Providing Standards a Staff Framework Development GREENE COUNTY SCHOOLS THE HEDGEHOG CONCEPT L’Esperance, Frey, Gabbard (2002) Adapted from Collins (2001)
  5. 5. Critical Balance for Cultural Change
  6. 6. Critical Balance Infrastructure “What good is it if it doesn’t work?” Cultural Change
  7. 7. Critical Balance Infrastructure Content “What good is it if it “What good is it if it doesn’t work?” isn’t educational?” Cultural Change
  8. 8. Critical Balance Infrastructure Content “What good is it if it “What good is it if it doesn’t work?” isn’t educational?” Staff Development “What good is it if teachers don’t use it?” Cultural Change
  9. 9. Set Expectations a rks m n ch Be •“Begin with the End rk in Mind” Stephen Covey o is ion ew V Fram •Provide a Framework •Allow for creativity G and consensus- IN ls building in oa TIM G accomplishing goals
  10. 10. The Need Staff development that is . . . Sustained On-going Standards based Relevant Timely
  11. 11. Design Principles An Instructional Technologist and Literacy Facilitator at each school A system-wide instructional team led by the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction A research-based comprehensive staff development plan aligned to system goals A vanguard group for major initiatives
  12. 12. The Advisory Council A school-based team focused on instruction Weekly meetings Participants Principal and Assistant Principals Instructional Technologist Literacy Facilitator Media Coordinator School Counselor Exceptional Children & ESL representatives
  13. 13. Content System-Wide Initiatives Literacy Technology Integration Comprehensive Counseling/ College Access Numeracy Creativity School Improvement Goals North Carolina Standard Course of Study
  14. 14. Delivery Modeling of best instructional practices Blending of content and pedagogy Evaluation by participants Smart sheets for reference
  15. 15. Smart Sheets Tiger Features: Spotlight and Smart Folders iBits Smart Sheet Sequential steps Spotlight allows you to search your iBook for a file, application, picture, word in a document, etc. The icon is located in the top right corner. Just click it to search. Type in a word. Example: If you want Pictures/screen to find all documents that have the word dinosaur in it, just type in dinosaur. shots If you double-click on one of the documents, it will open and the word you searched (dinosaur) will be highlighted. Arrows for emphasis Note that you can search files created during a certain time span. Specific You can also search by the other criteria listed. Explore and see which way works best for you. information Now let’s take it one step further. Suppose that the search you did on “dinosaurs” is something you would like to go back to often. Turn to the reverse side of this sheet to learn about “Smart Folders.” JHP SHP 2/9/06
  16. 16. Communication Monthly instructional newsletters from media, literacy, and technology School-to- school sharing at GREENE EARLY COLLEGE OCTOBER 2007 instructional Upcom in g Even ts meetings Oct. 15 School Pictures Students should remember to dress for pictures. Orders will be taken after proofs are returned. iCal E Oct. 17 H A N D S !O N S C I E N C ples lect soil sam PSAT students col All GEC students will take the PSAT. Testing will begin at 7:45, so please be Learn and Serve Grant sure students arrive on time. scheduling Oct. 18 Renewed for 2007!2008 Early Release Students will be released at 12:45. Staff Na tu re Tra ils a n d Historic Tal es will be involved in professional development. ast year"s successful service L learning e#orts have resulted in the renewal of Greene Early College"s Learn and Serve America Tentative plans for this year"s service learning include clearing more of the Oct. 19 Teacher Workday creek trail and building a kayak There will be no school for students on Grant, Nature Trails and Historic landing.
  17. 17. eMail Wikis Communication Blogs Discussion Boards Class Pages Group Pages Parent Alerts Calendar Surveys Lesson Planner
  18. 18. “Leadership is the professional work of everyone in the school.” “Everyone has the right, Share responsibility, and ability to be a leader.” Leadership “How we define leadership influences how people will participate.” Linda Lambert Building leadership capacity is a necessary component of sustained school improvement.
  20. 20. CHALLENGES • Convincing teachers to share instructional leadership with students • Coaching students to become active in and responsible for their own learning • Providing quality staff development and planning time • Supporting teachers with a sensitivity to comfort level and experience • Providing benchmarks and guidelines
  21. 21. EVALUATE • “Inspect what you expect” • Engage in on-going collaborative evaluations of all initiatives • Refine plans continuously over time
  22. 22. Collaboration Model Greene County Schools The Learning Community Parent Advisory Council Federal and State Leadership Parents Administrators Individual Board of Assistant Advisory Leadership Teachers Education and Superintendent Council Team Committees and/or Teams Superintendent Instruction Instructional Community Team Students Communication in A Culture of Change PFM/ 08-14-05 Revised 08-10-06
  23. 23. Nurture the Learning Community • Engage all participants in active inquiry • Make administrators, teachers, students, and parents active participants in the learning process •Encourage innovation •Share and celebrate successes
  24. 24. The Process of Change The goal is not to Systemic change is a innovate the most multi-year process It is not to have the and keeps you best ideas engaged Appreciate the in continuous inquiry implementation dip for improvement. Redefine resistance Reculturing is the name of the game Never a checklist, always complexity Michael Fullan
  25. 25. Congressional Testimony “Technology helped me to create, learn, explain, document, and analyze the different aspects of my life.” - Abel Real, Graduate, Greene Central High School
  26. 26. There is a Siletz Indian proverb that captures why so many of us love teaching - One who learns from one who is learning drinks from a running stream. We read and write and stay current on best practices so that our students can “drink from a running stream.”