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Optimizing School & District Variables for a Successful Reading First Implementation ORF Leadership Session October 20-21, 2005 Dr. Stan Paine, Interim Director Center on Teaching & Learning University of Oregon Today’s focus Leadership roles in Reading First schools Leadership notebook

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Optimizing School & District Variables for a Successful Reading First Implementation

ORF Leadership Session

October 20-21, 2005

Dr. Stan Paine, Interim Director

Center on Teaching & Learning

University of Oregon

(C) 2005 by the Oregon Reading First Center Center on Teaching and Learning


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Today’s focus Reading First Implementation

  • Leadership roles in Reading First schools

  • Leadership notebook

  • Implementation checklists

  • Supporting your school’s implementation

  • Data-based leadership model

  • Leadership roles revisited

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Leadership roles in RF Reading First Implementation

  • Who are (or can be) the leaders in your school’s Reading First implementation?

  • What main things do each of these leaders do to support Reading First in your school?

  • One thing I could do in my role to more strongly support the RF project is.....

  • One thing that would be helpful for other RF leaders to do in support of RF is .....

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Continued Improvement Reading First Implementation

Great leaders are never satisfied with current levels of performance. They are restlessly driven by possibilities and potential achievements. --Donna Harrison

Excellence is not a point you reach.

It is a commitment you make to keep improving.


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The Context Reading First Implementation

We need to remember:

what it’s all about.....

what’s possible.....

what’s most essential.....

what’s most productive.....

what’s most important....

how it all fits together.....

We call this:

mission

vision

focus (goals)

strategies

wisdom

empowerment

Premise: This is work with a powerful purpose.

We know enough to be successful at it.

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6 Reading First Implementation


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“Explaining failure.....” Reading First Implementation

  • dysfunctional families

  • negative peer influence

  • negative effects of media

    • television, movies

    • video games,music

  • drugs

  • poverty

  • violence

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School & district variables Reading First Implementation

  • The role of the principal

  • The role of the reading coach

  • The support of district staff

  • Collaboration among all stakeholders

  • The insightful use of curriculum

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School & district variables (cont.) Reading First Implementation

  • Use of time

  • Use of data

  • Use of other resources

    • money (funding)

    • people (staffing)

  • Professional development

  • Culture of success

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The role of the principal Reading First Implementation

The successful RF principal:

  • communicates high expectations for reading to all

  • is visibly connected to all aspects of reading

  • is involved in reading meetings & training activities

  • assures that data are used to improve reading

  • communicates regularly with coach, staff and district leaders about reading program & results

When the principal leads, the school succeeds

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The role of the principal (cont.) Reading First Implementation

The successful RF principal:

  • provides differential supervision

    and support around reading

  • develops a reading culture

  • manages resources for reading

  • participates in PD on reading

    (e.g., instruction, leadership)

  • seeks support, TA as needed

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The role of the coach Reading First Implementation

The successful RF coach:

  • Leverages time to boost reading

  • Spends much time in classrooms

  • Differentiates support across teachers,

    based on data and staff needs

  • Provides support for both teachers & assistants

  • Provides support for use of data in instructional planning

  • Serves as a catalyst, spark, bridge for improved reading practices

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District support Reading First Implementation

Successful RF district leaders:

  • maintain communication w/building staff, regional coordinator about the RF program

  • attend district RF team meetings

  • attend ORF leadership sessions with team

  • maintain visibility in the building in support of the RF implementation

  • consider support needed for reading district-wide when allocating staffing, funds, etc.

  • Ask how district policy, procedure can support reading

  • Assign & supervise staff to support reading outcomes

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Collaboration Reading First Implementation

Successful collaboration in RF:

  • District and building staff work together to promote increased achievement for all students

  • Principal & coach assure coordination of reading across classroom, RF, Title 1, ELL & special ed. staff

  • Instructional planning occurs within & across grade levels to assure consistency & seamlessness for students

No one has all the pieces, but together we can complete the picture.

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Curriculum Reading First Implementation

Effective use of curriculum in RF:

  • Adoption process considers research base for reading

  • Adequate funds provide sufficient materials

  • Programs are aligned w/SBRR

  • Programs are differentiated by student need

  • Programs are implemented with fidelity

  • Implementation is on track

    • curriculum maps

    • pacing guides

  • Staff are trained & supervised on programs they teach

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Optimizing use of time Reading First Implementation(district)(using days/hours/minutes well)

Effective district use of time in RF includes:

  • length of school day, year promote achievement

  • strong attendance policies and follow-up assure that kids are in school

  • district minimizes demands for principal time out of the building to allow for more leadership and supervision time

  • district supports adequate time for professional development and collaborative planning time.

We allocate our time according to our priorities.

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Optimizing use of time Reading First Implementation(building)(using days/hours/minutes well)

Effective school use of time in RF includes:

  • scheduled time (reading first!) (90’+)

  • orchestrating time (making it work)

  • assuring time (fidelity to schedule)

  • principal/coach supervise for:

    • time within instructional tasks

      (engaged, on-level, opportunity to respond)

    • time between instructional tasks (transition times)

  • students are motivated to read at home daily

Those who succeed and those who do notall have the same amount of time in which to do so.

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Use of data Reading First Implementation

Effective use of data in RF includes:

  • Data: collecting, inputting, accessing, interpreting, and discussing (training/supervision for all steps, all people involved; fidelity of procedures, accuracy, timeliness)

  • Goals: knowing & going for benchmarks & standards

  • Use of data in effective teams for instructional purposes

    (district, principal-coach, grade level, school level teams)

  • Meetings that make a difference

    (options, agreement, implement, follow-up, monitor, adjust, criteria)

  • Sharing data w/staff, district, parents

All who journey need mid-course corrections to reach their destinations.

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Maximizing other resources Reading First Implementation

Effective use of resources includes:

  • Identifying new resources

  • Making the most of existing resources

    • funding materials

    • staffing training

  • Involving other people in the school who can be trained to lead instructional groups (e.g. specialists)

Making the most of what we have makes it seem like we have more.

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Funding Reading First Implementation

Efficient use of funds includes:

  • Pooling resources--combining district allocations, Title funds, ELL, special education & RF funds to support reading

  • Tapping other potential sources:

    • other grants (e.g. after school, summer school funds)

    • community support (e.g. United Way)

    • foundation funding (local education foundations)

    • community partnerships (e.g public library)

    • high school and college partnerships

    • committed parent and senior citizen volunteers

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Staffing Reading First Implementation

RF compatible staffing practices include:

  • Adequate staff allocation by the district

  • Assigning staff to their strengths

  • Making the most of the staffing you have

  • Using reading-based criteria to hire new staff

It’s the people who make the program.

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Professional Development Reading First Implementation

Effective PD practices for RF include:

  • providing training that is:

    • focused, high quality, on-going

  • providing training for all (teachers, specialists)

    • principal,coach, district, assistants, parents

  • providing training follow-up (coaching and supervision) that is differentiated & empowering

The best leaders bring out the best in the people around them.

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Operationalizing what works: Reading First ImplementationCreating a culture of success

A culture of success in RF includes:

  • belief in the possibility

  • commitment to priorities &results

  • awareness of urgency

  • visibility of the focus

  • culture of collaboration

  • tone of empowerment

It’s not about getting the money. It’s about getting the results.

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Owning outcomes: “No blame, no excuses” Reading First Implementation

Owning outcomes in RF means:

  • being willing to stop explaining failure in terms of variables outside the control of the school

  • identifying variables over which schools have control

  • focusing on alterable variables at the school, class, instructional group & individual student levels

  • making a commitment to optimize those variables in order to yield greater success

It’s not about explaining failure.It’s about taking responsibility for success.

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Accountability exists nowhere if it does not exist at the level of the district, the school, the classroom and the individual student. It is at these levels that the battle for literacy is won or lost.

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Contact information: level of the district, the school, the classroom and the individual student. It is at these levels that the battle for literacy is won or lost.

Dr. Stan Paine, Interim Director

& Principal-in-Residence

Center on Teaching & Learning

5292 University of Oregon

1600 Mill Race Drive

Eugene, OR 97403-5292

ph: (541) 346-1644

fx: (541) 346-4349

[email protected]

Thank you to Katie Tate for technical support


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