Paraprofessionals and Priority Schools – One Education Workforce Serving the Whole Student Presenter:


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Presentation at the 2011 National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals Conference by Evan Eslinger & W. Mike Hoffman.

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Paraprofessionals and Priority Schools – One Education Workforce Serving the Whole Student Presenter:

  1. 1. NEA’s PriorityMy School Schools is aPriority! Campaign
  2. 2. Campaign Message Leading permanent change in the nation’s struggling schools is a priority for NEA’s 3.2 million members. Our commitment is to work hand-in-hand with communities and policymakers; to partner inMy School pursuit of innovative ways to measure student is aPriority! success and educator quality; and to ensure that priority schools have the personnel and other resources they need. 2
  3. 3. What is a “Priority School?”  Priority schools is NEA’s name for a low- performing school. We believe improving their performance should be the nation’s priority.  In most cases, these schools educate largeMy School numbers of racial and ethnic-minority is aPriority! students, students living in poverty, and students who are English language learners. 3
  4. 4. SIG Intervention Models: Major Required Features Turnaround Transformation*  Replace the principal  Replace the principal  Rehire no more than 50% of  Keep the staff intact staff  Implement teacher and leader  Adopt a new governance evaluation systems using student structure growth as a significant component  Provide school with  Institute comprehensiveMy School “operational flexibility instructional reform is a  Provide ongoing, high-quality  Increase learning timePriority! professional development  Create community-oriented schools  Provide incentives (can be  Provide operational flexibility and financial) to attract and retain sustained support staff * Union supported 4
  5. 5. SIG Intervention Models: Major Required Features Restart School Closure  Convert or close the school  Close the school and enroll its and reopen it under a students in other higher charter school operator, a achieving schools in the district. charter management organization (CMO), or an  These schools must be within educational management reasonable proximity to the organization (EMO) that closed school.My School has been selected through is a a rigorous selection  They may include charterPriority! process. schools or new schools for which achievement data are not  Enroll, within the grades it available. serves, any former student who wishes to attend. 5
  6. 6. NEA Priority Schools Campaign Elements of Support and Advocacy 1. Communications - Call attention to the urgency of transforming Priority Schools through multifaceted communication campaign. 2. Affiliate Capacity-Building – Support members staffing Priority Schools. 3. Affiliate and Member Engagement – AssistMy School local efforts to transform Priority Schools. is aPriority! 4. Outreach and Partnerships – Raise awareness of the Priority Schools Campaign with external partners, communities and organizations. 6
  7. 7. Research- and Evidence-Based Elements of Change Leverage Improve Staff Community Capacity/ Assets Effectiveness Improve Student Outcomes Adapted from the NEA Foundation  AccessMy School  Performance is a  AttainmentPriority! Improve District/Local Develop Family Association and Community Capacity and Partnerships Collaboration 7
  8. 8. Communicating with Members and the Public Follow us on neapriorityschools.orgMy School is a Become a fan! Send your video of great practice toPriority! Checkout our Blog! 8
  9. 9. Priority School Campaign On-line Resources www.neapriorityschools.orgMy School is aPriority!
  10. 10. NEA Priority Schools Campaign Map AK (4) (As of December 1, 2010) *VT WA (18) MT (7) * ND (42) (68) MN ME (17) (6) OR ID * SD (15) WI (46) MI (12) NY NH (7) WY (19) MA (1) IA (13) (6) NE PA RI (4) (6) (7) OH CT (4) IL IN (20) NV UT (20) NJ (7) CA CO (4) (4) (10) KS WV DE (2) (7) (19) MO (89) (6) (11) *KY (15) (108) VA (58) MD (4) NM OK NC (25) AR TN (72) (3) (7) SC AZ (7) AL (19) (9) MS (14) GA TX (8) (26) (72) LA HI (6) (13) FL (70)* Tier III Strategy Schools 1,037 Schools NEA PSC Target States 304 in target states (AL, CA, CO, DE, IL, MD, NV, NJ, NY, NC, OH, TN, UT, and WA) 733 in other states 10
  11. 11. Priority Schools in Your Region  Data for priority schools in all states can be found at: www.neapriorityschools.orgMy School is a Click onPriority! 11