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Best practices for successful high schools

Best Practices for Successful

High Schools


J moms mabley

J. “Moms” Mabley

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.


Current characteristics

Current Characteristics

  • Traditions that have Become Ruts

  • Attendance Required Learning Optional

  • Isolated Teacher Centered Instruction

  • Shining Successes but Some Students “Falling through the Cracks”

  • Some students overwhelmed while some are bored


Best practices for successful high schools

Discussion

Reflect on high school?


Exemplary characteristics

Exemplary Characteristics

  • Personalized Learning

  • High Expectations

  • Data - Driven Decisions

  • 9th Grade Transition

  • Challenging 12th Grade

  • Rigorous and Relevant Curriculum

  • Effective Leadership

  • Relationships Driven by Guiding Principles

  • Sustained Professional Development


Personalized learning

Personalized Learning

  • Multiple Pathways

  • Early Intervention

  • Disaggregation of Data

  • Leveling w/ Respect

  • Small Learning Communities


Changes that are easier in slc

Changes That Are Easier in SLC

  • Building Relationships

  • Identifying Student Needs

  • Articulation of Curriculum

  • Staff Collaboration

  • Creating Positive School Culture

  • Contextual Learning


Pitfalls

Pitfalls

Lack of Specific Goals

Failure to Address Literacy

Unchanged Curriculum

Too Much Emphasis on Belonging

Ignoring Staff Concerns

Uninformed Student Assignment

Bad Timing

Focusing only on Teachers


High expectations

High Expectations


Expectations

Expectations

  • Expectations are Behaviors

  • Collaborative

  • High Levels of Support


Data is powerful

Data is Powerful

  • Assess the current and future needs of students

  • Decide what to change

  • Determine if goals are being met

  • Engage in continuous school improvement

  • Identify root causes of problems

  • Promote accountability


Types of data

Core Learning

Stretch Learning

Student Engagement

Personal Skill Development

Types of Data

  • Student Learning

    • School

      • Class

  • Demographics

  • School Processes

  • Curriculum and Instruction


9th grade practices

9th Grade Practices

  • Transition Procedures

  • Social Activities

  • Early Interventions

  • Avoiding Front Loading

  • Differentiation

  • Parent Relationships

  • Adult Advisory

  • Peer Relationships


12th grade practices

12th Grade Practices

  • Early College

  • Full Scheduling

  • Advanced Placement

  • Dual Enrollment

  • College Application Support

  • Senior Projects

  • Community Service

  • Internships


Curriculum

Curriculum

  • Focused


Teachers struggling to teach an overloaded curriculum

Teachers struggling to teach an overloaded curriculum!


Curriculum1

Curriculum

  • Focused

  • Standards vs. Curriculum vs. Instruction


Curriculum2

Curriculum

  • Focused

  • Standards vs. Curriculum vs. Instruction

  • Constantly raising Rigor and Relevance


Best practices for successful high schools

Ask Me.....

“How will I ever use what I’m learning today?”


Leadership

Leadership

  • Problem is more people than Technical

  • Not Charismatic

  • Entrepreneurial vs. Bureaucratic

  • Performance vs. Compliance

  • Department Chairs

  • Focus on Instruction


Best practices for successful high schools

Guiding Principles

•Responsibility

•Contemplation

•Initiative

•Perseverance

•Optimism

•Courage

•Respect

•Compassion

•Adaptability

•Honesty

•Trustworthiness

•Loyalty


Professional development

Professional Development

  • Directly related to school goals

  • Ongoing

  • Personalized

  • Culture of Collaboration


Exemplary characteristics1

Exemplary Characteristics

  • Personalized Learning

  • High Expectations

  • Data - Driven Decisions

  • 9th Grade Transition

  • Challenging 12th Grade

  • Rigorous and Relevant Curriculum

  • Effective Leadership

  • Relationships Driven by Guiding Principles

  • Sustained Professional Development


Action items where to begin

Action Items - Where to Begin

  • Instruction vs. Structure (Rigor/Relevance)

  • Relationships

  • Start with Special Education

  • Data-based decision Making

  • Transition Years

  • Systems


Best practices for successful high schools

International Center for

Leadership in Education

Build Relationships


Best practices for successful high schools

“In the years to come, your students may forget what you taught them. But they will always remember how you made them feel.”


Best practices for successful high schools

Increasing Rigor/Relevance

D

C

RIGOR

High

B

A

Low

Low

High

RELEVANCE


Best practices for successful high schools

Everyone needs support

when they take new risks


Essential relationships in schools

Essential RelationshipsIn Schools

  • Learning

  • Staff

  • Professional

  • Community


Relationships are essential to student learning

Relationships are Essential to Student Learning

Result of combination of support from:

  • Family

  • Teachers

  • Peers

  • Community


Relationships

Relationships

Clearly Important ?

How to Quantify?

How to Develop?


Relationship model

Relationship Model

0.Isolation

1.Known

2.Receptive

3.Reactive

4.Proactive

5.Sustained

6.Ubiquitous


Best practices for successful high schools

Research on Relationships


Metlife survey of the american teacher

Metlife Survey of the American Teacher

New students are bullied or teased?

very often/often 18%

sometimes 33%

New students are helped by other students ?

very often/often 52%

sometimes 37%


Survey of 10 12th grade students on relationships

Survey of 10-12th Grade Students on Relationships

Metlife Survey of the American Teacher 2005


Quality of school s role encouraging parental involvement

Quality of School’s Role Encouraging Parental Involvement

My school does a good job of encouraging parental involvment.

Metlife Survey of the American Teacher 2005


Hesse survey 2005

HESSE - Survey 2005

  • More that half (52%) had not discussed ideas with a teacher outside of class during the year.

  • Three fifths (60%) had not communicated with a teacher by email.

  • However, 70% agreed they had many opportunities to ask questions about their work.

  • Less than half (48%) had frequently discussed grades or assignments with a teacher.

  • Half never or only sometimes received feedback from teachers on assignments.


Responses to i feel supported and respected by teachers

Responses to “I Feel Supported and Respected by Teachers.”


Best practices for successful high schools

The special importance of encouragement highlights the likely importance of strong teacher-student relationships in affecting achievement, especially for African American and Hispanic students.

Ronald Ferguson


Supportive relationships successful practices

Supportive RelationshipsSuccessful Practices

  • Behaviors

  • Activities

  • Structures


Best practices for successful high schools

What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things.


Supportive behaviors

Supportive Behaviors

  • Showing Respect

  • Taking Interest

  • Active Listening

  • Frequent Contact

  • Encouragement

  • Avoiding “Put Downs

  • Displaying Student Work

  • Writing Encouraging Notes

  • Identifying Unique Talents


Supportive behaviors cont d

Supportive Behaviors cont’d.

  • Celebrating Accomplishments

  • Serving As Role Model

  • Using One-to-One Communication

  • Encouraging Students to Express Opinions/Ideas

  • Creating Inviting Classroom Climate

  • Exhibiting Enthusiasm

  • Using Positive Humor

  • Students Praising Peers


Supportive activities

Supportive Activities

  • Character Education

  • Beginning of the Year Student Social Activities

  • Team Building

  • Mentoring

  • Rewards, Recognition, Incentives

  • Student Advocacy

  • Advisement Program


Supportive initiatives cont d

Supportive Initiatives, cont’d.

  • Peer Mediation

  • Students as Teachers

  • Family, Community, Business Partnerships

  • Service Learning

  • Extra and Co-curricular Activities

  • Sports Programs


Supportive structures

Supportive Structures

  • Small Learning Community

  • Alternative Scheduling

  • Team Teaching

  • Teacher Continuity

  • School-based Enterprise

  • Professional Learning Community


Best practices for successful high schools

REFLECTION

What will you do in your classroom/school as a result of today’s session?


Activity

Activity

ACTIONPLAN


Http dickjones us

Dick Jones Web Site

http://dickjones.us

Center Web Site

http://www.LeaderEd.com

SPN

http://www.successfulpractices.org


Best practices for successful high schools

Love your children

more than your programs and practices.


10 key components

10 Key Components

  • Culture of High Expectations and Support

  • Articulated Curriculum

  • Personalized Learning

  • Rigorous and Relevant Instruction

  • Positive School Climate

  • Leadership

  • Data-driven Decisions

  • Accountability

  • Partnerships

  • Professional Learning Communities


International center for leadership in education inc

International Center for Leadership in Education, Inc.

1587 Route 146

Rexford, NY 12148

Phone (518) 399-2776

Fax (518) 399-7607

E-mail - [email protected]

www.LeaderEd.com


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