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Distributed Leadership…A Tool For the School Improvement Journey. Presented by… Denise Hicks Barnes, Assistant Principal Louis L. Redding Middle School Sherry Gross, Principal & Lindsay Baker, Teacher Leader Glasgow High School Amy Levitz, Principal & Tracy Soisson, Teacher Leader

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distributed leadership a tool for the school improvement journey

Distributed Leadership…A Tool For the School Improvement Journey

Presented by…

Denise Hicks Barnes, Assistant Principal

Louis L. Redding Middle School

Sherry Gross, Principal & Lindsay Baker, Teacher Leader

Glasgow High School

Amy Levitz, Principal & Tracy Soisson, Teacher Leader

Gauger-Cobbs Middle School

overview
Overview…
  • Opening Activities:
    • Common Attributes
    • The Perfect School
  • Definition of Distributed Leadership
  • Common Themes
  • Lessons Learned
  • Individual Reflection
    • What Are Our Common Attributes?
  • Final Thoughts
common attributes
Common Attributes…
  • Although we are all different…we have many things in common
  • Activity
in a perfect world
In a Perfect World…
  • What does your dream house look like?
in a perfect world5
In a Perfect World….
  • What does your “DREAM SCHOOL” look like?
  • Take a few minutes to discuss what your “DREAM SCHOOL” would look like in 5 years.
distributed leadership
Distributed Leadership…
  • What does DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP mean to you?
distributed leadership is
Distributed Leadership Is…
  • Distributed leadership centers around a different model within the school where the distinctions between followers and leaders tends to blur (Gronn, 2000)
  • It incorporates the activities and efforts of multiple groups in a school who work at guiding staff in the instructional change process (Spillane, 2001)
distributed leadership is not
Distributed Leadership is Not…
  • It is not one more committee on which people serve
  • It is not one person single handedly reforming a school
  • It is not a top-down leadership model
  • It is not possible without building leadership capacity among your faculty
common themes goals
Common Themes…Goals
  • Building Leadership Capacity
  • Improving Student Achievement
  • Enhancing Climate and Culture of the School
  • Increasing Family and Community Engagement
common themes accomplishments
Common Themes…Accomplishments
  • Louis L. Redding Middle School…
    • This year we had common planning for grade levels
    • Curricular meetings monthly that were about Best Instructional Practices – Social Studies for example
    • Common Grade Level Assessments (Math)
    • Using an Enhancing Education Through Technology (E2T2) to develop Understanding by Design units of study
    • Communication with parents through mailings
    • Team Leader meetings were proactive and problem solving in nature
    • Started our vision for the perfect school
common themes accomplishments12
Common Themes…Accomplishments
  • Glasgow High School…
    • PLC’s
      • Time built in to master schedule for regular, frequent meetings
      • Approximately 30 groups of 4-6 professionals linked by subject area or responsibilities
    • Increased Teacher Leadership
      • in areas of PEP and MAP
    • PD delivered via PLC’s
    • Individualized PD for faculty
    • Faculty meetings focused more on instruction and less on administrivia
commonthemes accomplishments
CommonThemes…Accomplishments
  • Gauger-Cobbs Middle School…
    • Increase in DSTP data
    • MAP Growth
    • Collaborative Teaching
    • Time for Collaboration
    • PBS Planning Team
    • Action Teams
    • Teachers are committed to improving student achievement
    • Teachers facilitating professional development
    • Roll Through Professional Development
common themes barriers
Common Themes…Barriers
  • Achievement Gaps
  • Discipline Disparities
  • Time
  • Staff Transition (turnover in administration and teachers)
  • Low Parental Involvement
  • Resistance to Change
common themes next steps
Common Themes…Next Steps
  • Louis L. Redding Middle School
    • Vision
    • Time
    • Collaboration
    • Meeting Norms
    • Parent Involvement
common themes next steps17
Common Themes…Next Steps
  • Glasgow High School…
    • Individualized PD continued
    • Sophisticated PLC projects to impact greater number of faculty/students
    • Improved public relations/parent involvement
common themes next steps18
Common Themes…Next Steps
  • Gauger-Cobbs Middle School
    • Collaboration
      • Norms
      • Goal Setting
      • Using Data
      • Logs
      • Common Assessments
    • Peer Visits
    • Video Tape as a Tool
    • Targeted Interventions
    • PBS
lessons learned
Lessons Learned…
  • All teachers are leaders, and this leadership promotes a feeling of professional satisfaction.
  • Opportunities for Authentic Leadership
  • Celebrate Leadership
  • “People support what they help create” (No Name)

individual reflection
Individual Reflection…
  • How is distributed leadership exemplified in your school or organization?
    • Identify examples that currently exist.
individual reflection22
Individual Reflection…
  • What are the common attributes that exist among the three schools?
    • Of these common attributes…what can we make common to our school or organization?
final thoughts
Final Thoughts….
  • Distributed Leadership may already exist in various forms within your school
  • Although we may all look very different, we all have common attributes…

most notably…our desire to positively impact student achievement!!!!