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Rising Star. An Overview Prepared for the District 97 Board of Education By Felicia Starks Turner and Cynthia Baranowski November 27, 2012. Objectives. Review the background for why the District is using Rising Star Reiterate District goals regarding growth and improvement

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rising star

Rising Star

An Overview

Prepared for the District 97

Board of Education

By Felicia Starks Turner and Cynthia Baranowski

November 27, 2012

  • Review the background for why the District is using Rising Star
  • Reiterate District goals regarding growth and improvement
  • Become familiar with the Rising Star Tool
  • Understand how plan approval is different than in the past
introducing rising star
Introducing ..….Rising Star!

A type of GPS for districts and schools

*Purpose: Help you reach a specific destination

*Shows the distance to that goal

*Allows for alternate routes

*Allows for stops, diversions, road blocks along the way but keeps the goal in mind

rising star is a tool
Rising Star Is a Tool
  • A keep-moving, navigational tool – never really finished
  • Research-based and field tested
  • That guides everyone in moving in the same direction to improve learning
it s all about transformation not compliance
It’s All About Transformation,Not Compliance
  • Transformation – Moving from one state to another
  • Compliance - Meeting a set of requirements
the continuous improvement cycle
The Continuous Improvement Cycle

Not a one-shot


Assess & Diagnose







covers many aspects of teaching learn
Covers Many Aspects of Teaching & Learn
  • 8 elements: Comprehensive planning, Conditions for Learning, Community and Family, Professional Development, Leadership, Curriculum Instruction, and Assessment
  • 4 categories: Continuous Improvement, Learning environment, Educator quality, Teaching and learn
the fit
The Fit
  • Continuous Improvement - Comprehensive planning
  • Learning environment - Conditions for Learning, Community and Family
  • Educator quality - Professional Development, Leadership
  • Teaching and learning – Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
foundations for success
Foundations for Success
  • Culture of Candor
  • Formal Team Structures
  • Leadership
  • Coaching and Support (external for District, internal for schools)
  • Indicators of Effective Practice
the roll up your sleeves real work is done in steps by a team
The “Roll Up Your Sleeves, Real Work”Is Done in Steps by a Team
  • How are Rising Star meetings different?

Assigned roles – Process mgr., Capacity

Building Coach, Facilitator, Open Chair

Read and discuss the meaning of a Wise


Assess where the district/school is in

relation to full implementation of the Wise Ways,

Create an action plan to reach full implementation,

Monitor the action plan on an ongoing and regular basis

Make adjustments as needed after monitoring

(Monthly meetings)


Indicators and Wise Ways

  • Indicator: Instructional Teams develop standards-aligned units of instruction for each subject and grade level. (1045)
  • Indicator: The district sets district, school, and student subgroup achievement targets. (1123)
  • Indicator: The superintendent and other central office staff are accountable for school improvement and student learning outcomes. (1125)
  • Indicator: The district provides the technology, training, and support to facilitate the school’s data management needs. (1149)
  • Indicator: The district monitors to ensure the intended curriculum is implemented with fidelity. (2326)
chunking it out
Chunking It Out
  • 189 Indicators – “Whew!”
  • State mandated beginning with two foundational elements, 25 indicators
  • Smart Start – focusing on meetings
  • Smart Plan – focusing on district and school relationships
  • The 25 indicators need to be “approved” by the Board at the first meeting in December

Team Determines a Priority

and Opportunity Score

  • Choose level of development or implementation
    • Explain the reason for their rating
    • Conversation/discussion
    • Consensus
  • Do the same with:
    • Priority Score
    • Opportunity Score

Development, Priority,

and Opportunity

  • Level of development or implementation
    • No development or implementation
    • Partial development/implementation
    • Full implementation
  • Priority
    • 3 = highest priority
    • 2 = medium priority
    • 1 = lowest priority
  • Opportunity
    • 3 = relatively easy to address
    • 2 = accomplished within current policy and budget conditions
    • 1 = requires change in current policy and budget conditions
evidence of implementation creating the plan
Evidence of Implementation, Creating the Plan
  • The team then works to write a brief description of the evidence tosupport the rating for the selected level of development/implementation.
  • After the evidence of implementation is complete, the team writes a detailed action plan to bring the school or district to fullimplementation of the Indicator

Next Steps

  • Board Approval
  • Monitor Smart Start and
  • Smart Plan in December
  • Add assessment of
  • additional indicator(s)
  • Board review of 8 additional
  • school plans at Jan. meeting
  • Teams continue to meet
  • monthly for ongoing review