Reform at Hickory Ridge High School. Becky Brown Stephanie Henderson Candice Shim Katie Jannusch Lisa Lamorese. Team Building and Technology. ABSTRACT.
Reform at Hickory Ridge High School
Team Building and Technology
“The challenge for a leader is to find a direction that will introduce improvements to the system, communicate that direction, gain the support of those responsible for implementing the new practice, and then follow through with support for the change process. Change challenges the structure of an organization, causing it to become unstable.”
Over the past four years, 27 new teachers have been hired at Hickory Ridge High School with the potential for some of the current young teachers to leave in the upcoming year.
Schools that have high teacher turnover rates tend to have. difficulty “sustaining positive workingrelationships among teachers” (Guin, 2004 ).
According to Kacey Guin, there are three factors to be cautious of when turnover rates become high:
3. In order for low-performing schools to improve, districts need to consider providing incentive programs so that high quality teachers apply for, and remain in, these schools.”
Technology is not being used only to improve student learning but also keep track of assessment data and information that can be easily accessible by all stakeholders in education (Archbald, 2001)including administrators, teachers, and parents.
We need to equip students with the learning and technology skills required for the 21st century and the new global economy (Peretz, 2008).
Epstein (2001), Director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at John Hopkins University describes several ways to facilitate parent and community partnerships within schools.
Parenting: Assist families with parenting skills, family support, understanding child and adolescent development, and setting home conditions to support learning at each age and grade level. Assist schools in understanding families’ backgrounds, cultures, and goals for children.
Communicating: communicate with families about school programs and student progress in varied, clear, and productive ways. Create two way communication channels (school to home and home to school) so that families can easily communicate with teachers, administrators, counselors, and other families.
Staff Development Can Take a Number of Different Routes.
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