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Compelling Conversations

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Presentation at the 08 Winter Institute at the University of Oklahoma. Compelling Conversations--Increasing Student Achievement

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Compelling Conversations

  1. 1. Compelling Conversations Dr. Shirley Simmons, Principal, Truman Elementary Dr. Kathy Taber, Principal, Jefferson Elementary Kristie Eselin, Asst. Principal, Truman Elementary Brittany Venk, K Teacher, Truman Elementary Norman Public Schools
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Compelling Conversations: Connecting Leadership to Student Achievement </li></ul><ul><li>By Thomasina D. Piercy </li></ul><ul><li>Published by Advanced Learning Press </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright 2006 </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are Compelling Conversations? <ul><li>Regularly scheduled conversations between school leaders and teachers that will impact student achievement. </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for school leaders and teacher to discuss each student and identify needs and the methods and resources needed to meet those needs. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Truman Elementary School <ul><li>Non-Title I school of 776 students in grades pre-K through 5 </li></ul><ul><li>18% free & reduced lunches </li></ul><ul><li>76% White </li></ul><ul><li>10% ELL </li></ul><ul><li>35 Classroom Teachers </li></ul>
  5. 5. How it’s done at Truman: <ul><li>Principals meet individually with each teacher for 20-30 minutes each quarter </li></ul><ul><li>A substitute rotates to each class to allow the teacher time to meet with the principals </li></ul><ul><li>LINK TO SAMPLE SCHEDULE </li></ul><ul><li>Principals have Successmaker reports, CRT scores, “Pink & Blue Cards” (INSERT LINK) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Teachers bring the following to the meeting: <ul><li>DRA and Word Analysis Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Assessment Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Math Benchmark Assessment Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Strength and Weakness Class Summary </li></ul>
  7. 7. At the meeting: <ul><li>Each student is discussed briefly </li></ul><ul><li>The principal takes notes on a spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><li>LINK TO SPREADSHEET </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss needed resources </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss possible instructional strategies or materials for individuals or whole class </li></ul>
  8. 8. Jefferson Elementary School <ul><li>Title I school of ___ students in grades pre-K through 5 </li></ul><ul><li>__% free & reduced lunches </li></ul><ul><li>__% White </li></ul><ul><li>__% ELL </li></ul><ul><li>__ Classroom Teachers </li></ul>
  9. 9. How it’s done at Jefferson:
  10. 10. Teachers bring the following to the meeting: <ul><li>DRA and Word Analysis Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Assessment Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Math Benchmark Assessment Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Strength and Weakness Class Summary </li></ul>
  11. 11. At the meeting:
  12. 12. Benefits <ul><li>Focuses attention on the individual student’s needs rather than looking at aggregate or disaggregated data that focuses on subgroups </li></ul><ul><li>Gives school leaders an overview of student needs </li></ul><ul><li>Increases individual teacher accountability for student achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Alerts school leaders to needs in individual classrooms and schoolwide </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes a team environment—leadership and classroom teacher working TOGETHER for student achievement </li></ul>
  13. 13. Questions & Answers?
  14. 14. Contact Information <ul><li>Dr. Shirley Simmons: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Kathy Taber: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Kristie Eselin: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Brittany Venk: [email_address] </li></ul>

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