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DO NOW Yurt Circle Trust & Communication. The Elements of High Quality Expanded Learning Time: Time and Expectations. Group Norms. Keep an open mind Respect other opinions Assume positive intent Appreciate conflict If you disagree, offer solutions or pose questions

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group norms
Group Norms
  • Keep an open mind
  • Respect other opinions
  • Assume positive intent
  • Appreciate conflict
  • If you disagree, offer solutions or pose questions
  • Maintain and honor a mutually safe & confidential environment (except for common messaging)
session objectives
Session Objectives

EXAMINE and DISCUSS how HQELT schools use TIME to build a culture of high expectations and mutual accountability

DISCUSS and DETERMINE your Readiness for Planning an Expanded Day at Your School

PLAN how to communicate your vision for ELT and engage others in your next steps

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Maintaining high expectations requires the involvement of the teachers to remind students daily of their school’s vision and goals…That’s when students actually internalize the message and believe it themselves.”

Time Well Spent Report

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TIME and HIGHEXPECTATIONS: Keys to Success

Identify and consistently reinforce a small set of core values that are easy to remember

Train and support staff in setting and reinforcing expectations

Communicate expectations to parents

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A Culture of High Expectations

Rocketship Elementary School

case study round abouts
Case Study “Round Abouts”

More Time to Strengthen School Culture at Orchard Gardens / Boston, MA

gallery walk and team share
Gallery Walk and Team Share
  • Take 10 minutes to look at each team’s Time & Expectations charts.
  • Return to your table and take 20 minutes to share what you saw and to discuss the following:
    • What changes could you make to align your practice with that of HQELT schools?
    • How much time do you spend establishing clear rules and expectations during the school year? Do you believe investing more time on setting high expectations would benefit your students? How?
    • Does your entire staff school-wide rules, procedures and expectations? Is common messaging used?
    • What changes to school culture could you make now? What changes would require more time in your school day/year?
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Readiness for Planning an

Expanded Day at Your School

decision time
Decision Time

1. DECIDE what practices we will change to maximize our time in 2012-13?

  • Choose 3 practices for improvement
  • Make a plan to change

2. DECIDE if a planning process to redesign our 2013-14 school day would benefit our school and students? Explain.

choose your school s areas for improvement
Choose Your School’s Areas for Improvement

As a Leadership Team, select 2 areas for improvement in 2012-13.

create a chart powerful practices think sort match select
Create a Chart: Powerful Practices Think – Sort – Match – Select

THINK and talk about the evidence of strong implementation of the seven practices we’ve explored together.

2. SORT the implementation evidence statements in your team’s envelope into strong and weak categories.

3. MATCH and placethe statements with the appropriate practice on your chart.

4. SELECTtwo areas for improvement. These will be your 2012-13 BIG TWO practice areas for improvement

my school s big two team planner
My School’s “BIG TWO” Team Planner

School-wide Focus: _______________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

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LUNCH

Continue your conversations and if you have general questions about expanded learning opportunities, don’t hesitate to ask!

decision time1
Decision Time

1. DECIDE what practices we will change to maximize our time in 2012-13?

  • Choose 2 practices for improvement
  • Make a plan to change

2. DECIDE if a planning process to redesign our 2013-14 school day/year would benefit our school and students.

during a planning redesign process
During a Planning & Redesign Process…
  • Create student profiles and schedules
  • Match ELT strategies with student needs
  • Learn how to structure collaboration time to maximize effectiveness
  • Learn how to allocate resources in the most cost effective manner
  • Communicate, collaborate, and build support with stakeholders
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Choosing Change

Do you have a common vision of how you would like your Big Two to function at your school?

Do you know which skills the teachers and staff in your building possess?

Do you know which skills will be necessary to reach your vision for each of the Big Two?

Have you identified the benefits of implementing ELT at your school? (attract students, impact enrollment, etc)

What resources does your school already have to start making change? (parent involvement, effective teachers, large classrooms, etc)

deciding to redesign your school day year
Deciding to Redesign Your School Day/Year

DISCUSS and DECIDE if a planning process to redesign our 2013-14 school day would benefit our school and students.

YES- Expanding the school day for core academics, enrichment and individualized interventions would greatly benefit our students. During 2012-13, we want to continue our thinking, learning, and planning to design a stronger, better school day.

NO- adding more time to the school day for core academics, enrichment, and interventions will not benefit our students. We have learned a lot but are not ready to redesign or expand our school day to boost student achievement.

silent reading the resistors
SILENT Reading: The Resistors
  • Read “People Just Naturally Resist Change, Right?” by Russ Linden
  • Read “Resistance to Change Reasons and Strategies” by Michael Fullan
  • Discuss how you will anticipate and address resistance to changes in time use at your school.
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Leading, Building Support &

Engaging Others in Change

leading change
Leading Change

“Leaders do not gain buy-in through inspiration, demands, pleading, or seminars. They gain buy-in through getting results that demonstrate that the effect of the change is in the best interests of all stakeholders.”

“If you deliver a change . . . - all in one year or less – then you don’t wait for “buy-in,” but rather you make the change and use the results to gain sustained support.”

Douglas B. Reeves (2009), Leading Change in Your School.

pp. 86-87 ASCD

yes or no
Yes or No…

Either way, you must communicate what you’ve learned and why you want to move forward or why this is not the time to explore ELT further.

communicating our decisions
Communicating our Decisions
  • Create key messages that communicate “What we’ve learned and want to do for 2012-13”
  • How you will use a school-wide focus to drive implementation of your BIG TWO HQELT best practices
  • Create key messages that communicate “We want to start the planning process for 2013-14”
  • Either “Yes” we want to explore and plan further how to redesign our day and why; or “No” we learned a lot but this is not the right time for us to redesign

You will develop messages for both decisions using the same process and ideas.

building support
Building Support
  • Develop and communicate your key messages
    • Communicate early and often
  • Create a common sense of purpose
    • What did your team do/learn?
    • Why is this important?
    • What are the next steps?
  • Create a sense of urgency
    • Now
    • 2012-13
    • 2013-14
  • Reduce Anxiety and misconceptions that come with change
engaging others faculty staff parents students community
Engaging Others(Faculty, Staff, Parents, Students, Community)

Do Ask..

Don’t Ask…

Do you want our school to have a longer day/year?

Do you like our plan so far?

What do you think we should do with more time?

Do you think a longer school day/year is right for your child?

Should we continue planning or stop now?

  • What suggestions do you have for our redesigned day/year?
  • What suggestions do you have for the redesign process?
  • How can we use more time to strengthen academic instruction?
  • What new opportunities can we offer students with more time?
  • What is your highest priority for improving our school day/year?
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Key Messages

The Benefits of Expanded Learning Time

key message 1 example
Key Message #1 Example
  • We are working to build a better stronger school day. Expanded Learning is about preparing our students for life in the 21st century. To be successful our students must become excellent readers, writers, thinkers, problem solvers and public speakers. Expanded Learning is an effort to ensure the success of each and every one of our students by strengthening and expanding opportunities for learning.
key message 2 example
Key Message #2 Example
  • This is an Exploratory Process. No decisions have been made yet. Our school is working to identify opportunities to strengthen instruction and expand learning at our school. This may involve adding time to our day or year, but we have not made any decisions yet.
key message 3 example
Key Message #3 Example
  • Maintain an open mind. Thinking about changing the school day is a very emotional topic. Some people may have strong feelings for and against an expanded school day, but we are just at the beginning of exploring and understanding the options. Please reserve judgment until we have time to talk in depth and review information together.
key message 4 example
Key Message #4 Example
  • We are planning how to prioritize our time next year to use data to identify our priorities and goals, focus on the goals and monitor progress toward our goals.
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Key Message StartersUse these thought/sentence starters to develop key messages that support your BIG TWO areas for improvement
  • Who (parents, teachers, students, staff) needs to know that …….
  • We learned that….
  • This is important because…
  • We want to adopt this strategy….
  • How you can help us….
communicating our learning decisions about elt
Communicating Our Learning & Decisions about ELT

Decision #1: What We Want to Do for 2012-13

Decision #2: What Want to Do for 2013-14

Message 1

Message 2

Message 3

  • Message 1
  • Message 2
  • Message 3
session objectives1
Session Objectives

EXAMINE and DISCUSS how HQELT schools use TIME to build a culture of high expectations and mutual accountability

DISCUSS and DETERMINE your Readiness for Planning an Expanded Day at Your School

PLAN how to communicate your vision for ELT and engage others in your next steps

additional resources
Additional Resources

Visit www.timeandlearning.org for:

  • Tools, practice profiles, case studies and videos
  • Links to the latest research on time and learning
  • Our blog, Time Matters
  • A database of over 1,000 expanded time schools around the country

Visit www.timeandlearning.org/Adams12 for the materials from your sessions!

Lisa Pryor ([email protected])

Puja Thakkar ([email protected])

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return the session evaluation!

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