What Are You Doing To Create A Climate and Culture of Success at     Your School:      Lessons Learned From        Schools...
   Factors Reported by Teachers as Leading to Successful                    Middle Grade Schools   Our entire faculty cr...
   Our leadership team collaborated as a Professional Learning    Community (PLC).   Our teachers collaborated as a PLC ...
Successful schools require:   Openly articulating the goal,    relinquishing decision-making    authority to teachers, an...
Vision – Who Owns It?   The Vision for a school should be    developed collaboratively and agreed    upon by all who have...
Lessons Learned   Structure vs. Instruction   More Talk about Learning vs. Teaching   Collaboration and Cooperation   ...
Five Requirements for SharedLeadership   Balance of power   Shared Purpose or Goal   Shared Responsibility   Respect ...
5 Dysfunctions of a Team  Absense of Trust  Fear of Conflict  Lack of Commitment  Avoidance of   Accountability  Inat...
Shared Responsibility  Partnerships do work when all   participants share responsibility   and accountability for the wor...
Partnering in the Nitty Gritty   Work together in complex, real-    world situations   Conflict is seen as a necessary  ...
Question: What is the biggest mistakein leading instructional improvement? Ignoring the people in the shool Lack of clar...
Adaptive Leadership   Defines learning in terms of skills and    knowledge as results   Defines learning from “whole” st...
Adopt Effective         Instructional Practices   Teach skills in context   Focus on Proficiencies   Look for evidence ...
Personalize Learning   Make each student feel unique   Connect to “Their World”   Recognize cultural differences   Con...
FocusWhere have you been, where are you now, and where do you want to be. The journey begins now, or it doesn’t. You decid...
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  1. 1. What Are You Doing To Create A Climate and Culture of Success at Your School: Lessons Learned From Schools to Watch Presenter: Dr. Irvin Howard irvinhoward@gmail.com
  2. 2.  Factors Reported by Teachers as Leading to Successful Middle Grade Schools Our entire faculty created and owned the school vision Our leadership team shares a specific vision for our school regarding student learning. Our faculty committed to every student being known. Our leadership team had SMART goals for our school regarding student achievement: SMART = Specific,Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely
  3. 3.  Our leadership team collaborated as a Professional Learning Community (PLC). Our teachers collaborated as a PLC sharing decision-making, students issues/needs, and leadership Our leadership team was part of a trusted network of colleagues we could turn to for advice and support within the district. Our faculty committed to relevancy, rigor and interdisciplinary planning and teaching Our school had a climate and culture I wanted to work in and wanted students to learn in.
  4. 4. Successful schools require: Openly articulating the goal, relinquishing decision-making authority to teachers, and involve teachers before decisions are made (Barth). When teachers are included in the decision-making process ahead of time, they are more likely to implement change. 3/17/2013 4
  5. 5. Vision – Who Owns It? The Vision for a school should be developed collaboratively and agreed upon by all who have responsibility for implementing, sustaining and growing it in the future. Without “buy-in” to the vision, there is no common direction, no sense of shared purpose for the school. 3/17/2013 5
  6. 6. Lessons Learned Structure vs. Instruction More Talk about Learning vs. Teaching Collaboration and Cooperation Persistent in Improvement No one style of Leader
  7. 7. Five Requirements for SharedLeadership Balance of power Shared Purpose or Goal Shared Responsibility Respect Partnering in the “nitty-gritty” 3/17/2013 7
  8. 8. 5 Dysfunctions of a Team  Absense of Trust  Fear of Conflict  Lack of Commitment  Avoidance of Accountability  Inattention to Results 3/17/2013 8
  9. 9. Shared Responsibility  Partnerships do work when all participants share responsibility and accountability for the work.  Empowering teachers to work toward a common goal makes them aware of their responsibilities and the important role they play in the group. 3/17/2013 9
  10. 10. Partnering in the Nitty Gritty Work together in complex, real- world situations Conflict is seen as a necessary agent of positive change Understanding that working collaboratively is smarter, not harder. 3/17/2013 10
  11. 11. Question: What is the biggest mistakein leading instructional improvement? Ignoring the people in the shool Lack of clarity in why the change is being made HINT: Instructional improvement requires moving from Authoritative Leadership to Adaptive Leadership
  12. 12. Adaptive Leadership Defines learning in terms of skills and knowledge as results Defines learning from “whole” student down to specific skills Helps students to learn priority skills deeply Integrates curriculum – reduces isolation Curriculum includes some student choice
  13. 13. Adopt Effective Instructional Practices Teach skills in context Focus on Proficiencies Look for evidence of good learning Share best practices Check for understanding DAILY Give embedded assessments Connect instruction to the community
  14. 14. Personalize Learning Make each student feel unique Connect to “Their World” Recognize cultural differences Consider students’ point of view Be aware of different learning styles Differentiate instruction Attend to students with special needs Intervene EARLY
  15. 15. FocusWhere have you been, where are you now, and where do you want to be. The journey begins now, or it doesn’t. You decide. I. Howard 3/17/2013 15

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