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An Online ConferencePresented by The Mid-Atlantic Equity Centerat GW-CEEE

August 25, 2009


Technical problems

Technical Problems?

Call 1-800-833-6687


What district restructuring for equity looks like in practice the atlanta public school case study

What District Restructuring for Equity Looks Like in Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

Beverly Hall

Kathy Augustine

Robin Hall

Cheryl Twyman

Atlanta Public Schools


A systemic approach for preparing students for the global market

Beverly L. Hall, Ed.D. Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

Superintendent

Kathy Augustine

Deputy Superintendent

Robin C. Hall, D.A.H.

Executive Director of Schools, SRT 3

Cheryl Twyman

Principal, West Manor Elementary School

A Systemic Approach for Preparing Students for the Global Market


District Fast Facts Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

  • Student enrollment ~ 47,789

  • Total number of teachers ~3463

  • Total APS learning sites 101

  • 76.33% students qualify for free or reduced lunch

  • FY09 operating budget ~ $652.5 million

Data Provided By APS Fast Facts 2009


The reform agenda a theory of action
The Reform Agenda: Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study A Theory of Action

To improve the quality of educational experiences students receive and ultimately student performance, a system must be reformed from the classroom to central office


What must a system have to implement the theory of action
What must a system have to Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study implement the Theory of Action?

  • Governance that supports reform

  • Coherent structure for instruction and accountability

  • Data driven decision making

  • Alignment of curriculum and instruction

  • High quality teachers and leaders

  • Bold interventions to close the achievement gap

  • Organizational structure to support teaching, learning and the schools

  • 21st century facilities


Governance
Governance Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

  • A powerful coalition of community leaders recognized the need for change and supported the board, superintendent, and schools.

  • The Atlanta Board of Education fully committed to the comprehensive reform agenda through governance changes, revised policies, and funding for reform programs.


Analysis and use of data
Analysis and Use of Data Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

  • Drives instruction

  • Determines school

    effectiveness

  • Informs staff

    evaluations

  • Guides reallocation of resources,

    including facilities

  • Provides important public information


Building capacity of teachers and leaders
Building Capacity of Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study Teachers and Leaders

  • Teachers

    • Standards-based content (curriculum), best teaching practices, assessment of student work

  • School-based Leaders

    • Instructional supervision, coaching, succession planning

  • Central-office Support Leaders

    • Change management, strategic planning, project management methodology, succession planning, coaching


Comprehensive school reform csr models
Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) Models Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

  • Were selected by schools to help them structure their delivery of education and services

  • Must maintain the focus on the target areas

School Reform Models

  • Major Models include:

  • Project GRAD

  • Co-nect

  • America’s Choice

  • Urban Learning Centers

  • Core Knowledge

  • Direct Instruction

  • International Baccalaureate


Aligning curriculum and instruction
Aligning Curriculum and Instruction Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

  • All instruction is aligned to Georgia Performance Standards (GPS)

  • Teachers and instructional leaders are trained and re-trained on GPS

  • GPS inform the selection of support materials and other classroom resources


Supportive accountability
Supportive Accountability Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

  • Four focus areas:

    - Reading/language arts

    - Mathematics

    - Attendance

    - Enrollment in higher level classes

  • APS Targets and Incentives

  • Monitoring for Best Practices


Monitoring student performance
Monitoring Student Performance Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

Annual Assessments :

District & State

  • Monitoring of student performance is:

  • Continuous and ongoing

  • Data driven

  • Performed by teachers, principals, SRTs, senior cabinet, and the superintendent

Midyear Assessments:

Instructional Leadership Team

Local School Councils

SRT Team & Deputy Superintendent

Periodic Assessment & Adjustments:

School, SRT Teams & Curriculum Coordinators

Daily Monitoring :

Teachers, Principals & Instructional (ILS)


Monitoring instructional practices
Monitoring Instructional Practices Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

  • Standards-based practices

  • Knowledge work

  • 1000’s of instructional audits

  • Feedback and follow-up


Bold interventions to close the achievement gap
Bold Interventions to Close Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study the Achievement Gap

  • Project GRAD

  • High School Transformation

  • Middle School Transformation

  • Math and Science Initiative


Reorganize to support schools flipping the script

Clerical Support Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

Office Assoc.

Admin. Assist.

Executive Director

Program for

Except. Children

Critical

Connections

Student Support

Team

Human

Resources

Social

Worker

Instruct.

Technology

Whole School

Reform

Early

Childhood

Operational

Tech.

Budget/

Finance

Research,

Planning & Acct.

Principals of Schools

Facilities

Legal

Math/Science

Reading/LA

Athletics

Security

Psychological

Services

Reorganize to Support Schools:Flipping the Script

School Reform Teams (SRTs)


Flipping the script system level and facilities
Flipping the Script Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study : System Level and Facilities

  • Business Operations

    • Upgrades to major components of enterprise system: Student information system, Finance, HR, Nutrition, Transportation

  • 21 Century Learning Environments

    • 14 new schools, 41 renovations, 11 upgrades


The view from the inside
The view from the “inside” Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

  • Role of the principal

  • The “new work” of APS

  • Support from the SRT

  • Surprises

  • Challenges


Lessons learned
Lessons Learned Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

  • Parents and the community make a

    difference

  • Stay the course! Change takes time

  • Communication is critical

  • The continuing challenge of adaptive work is

    not having all the answers

  • Monitoring and feedback are essential


Transformation across our district
Transformation Across Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study our District

  • Steady incremental gains across the curriculum and in all grades

  • Closing the achievement gap with the state

  • Progress on the NAEP

  • Graduation rates are up


What District Restructuring for Equity Looks Like Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

in Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study

Questions&Answers


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Structuring District Offices for Equity Practice: The Atlanta Public School Case Study An Online Conference Presented byThe Mid Atlantic Equity Center

  • July 14, 2009: Using the PELP Framework to Advance Equity.

    • Presenter: Richard Elmore, Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • August 25, 2009: Atlanta, GA Public School Case Study

    • Presenters: Beverly Hall and Cathy Augustine, Atlanta Public Schools

  • September 15, 2009: Montgomery County, MD Case Study

    • Presenter: Jerry Weast, Montgomery County Public Schools

  • October 13, 2009: Promoting the Equitable Distribution of Teachers: A Delaware Case Study

    • Presenter: Carolyn Parker, George Washington University

  • November 10, 2009: Managing Educational Contracting for Equity

    • Presenter: Patricia Burch, University of Wisconsin, Madison


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