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Chapter 1: Cultivating Community, Culture, and Learning. Dr. Rob Anderson Spring 2011. Agenda. Sign up for presentations Review of APA Style 6 th Edition Student Examples Chapter One: Cultivating Community, Culture and Learning

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agenda
Agenda
  • Sign up for presentations
  • Review of APA Style 6th Edition
    • Student Examples
  • Chapter One: Cultivating Community, Culture and Learning
  • Guest Speaker: Claudia Vogt, Principal of Conway Middle School
major themes
Major Themes
  • Developing a Professional Learning Community focused on learning outcomes
  • Fostering a positive school culture that promotes PLC’s and learning for all students
    • Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • Principal as the role of instructional leader
florida principal leadership standards
Florida Principal Leadership Standards

Standard 1:  Student Learning Results. Effective school leaders achieve results on the school’s student learning goals.

  • The school’s learning goals are based on the state’s adopted student academic standards and the district’s adopted curricula; and
  • Student learning results are evidenced by the student performance and growth on statewide assessments; district-determined assessments that are implemented by the district under Section 1008.22, F.S.; international assessments; and other indicators of student success adopted by the district and state.

Standard 2: Student Learning as a Priority.Effective school leaders demonstrate that student learning is their top priority through leadership actions that build and support a learning organization focused on student success.

The leader:

  • Enables faculty and staff to work as a system focused on student learning;
  • Maintains a school climate that supports student engagement in learning;
  • Generates high expectations for learning growth by all students; and
  • Engages faculty and staff in efforts to close learning performance gaps among student subgroups within the school. 
redefinition of the role of today s principal
Redefinition of the Role of Today’s Principal
  • Expected to be “change agents”
  • Leading from the center vs. the top
  • Teacher empowerment
  • Site-based decision making
  • Developing Professional Learning Communities
creating a professional learning community
Creating a Professional Learning Community
  • Performing as a Professional Learning Community is a key to school improvement
  • PLC members must share a common vision and understanding of how to “make it happen”
  • Empowerment and shared decision making
keys to creating a plc
Keys to creating a PLC
  • Mission Statement
    • Defining purpose
  • Develop a Vision
    • Who is it that we hope to become?
  • Develop value statements
    • Attitudes, behaviors and commitments
  • Establish goals
    • Measurable, usually quantitative vs. qualitative
plc s in action adali stevenson hs
PLC’s in action – Adali Stevenson HS.
  • Richard DuFour
    • To create a professional learning community, focus on learning rather than teaching, work collaboratively, and hold yourself accountable for results.
  • Author of Professional Learning Communities at Work Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement
  • Founder of PLC movement
professional learning communities
Professional Learning Communities
  • A lot of schools claim to have PLC’s but do they???
  • Takes time, can’t start as an “initiative” during preplanning and expect results
  • A true PLC continues to run even after a principal/school administrator leaves – bigger than any one person
  • Providing PLC’s with the autonomy that they need to thrive is difficult when faced with a multitude of mandates
school culture
School Culture
  • Contains all of the beliefs, feelings behaviors and symbols that are characteristic of an organization
    • Observed Behavioral Regularities
    • Norms
    • Dominant Values
    • Philosophy
    • Rules
    • Feelings
pair and share school culture
Pair and Share: School Culture
  • What artifacts can be looked at to assess a school’s culture?
  • How could an internal versus an external assessment differ when analyzing a school’s culture?
  • Who determines a school culture and how can it be changed?
  • How important is school culture and what are the direct and indirect impacts?
maintaining school culture
Maintaining School Culture
  • Hiring staff
  • Orientation
  • Job Mastery
  • Reward and Control Systems
  • Adherence to Values
  • Reinforcing Folklore
  • Consistent Role Models
principal as instructional leader
Principal as Instructional Leader
  • Increased focus on student learning
  • Encouraging Collaboration
  • Analyzing Results
  • Providing Support
  • Aligning Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
for next week
For Next Week
  • Read Chapter 2
  • Work on Leadership Book Report and presentation
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