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Creating a Better School Day – Focused Priorities and Enhanced School Culture. United Providence - January 28, 2014. Today’s Objectives. Focus on High Quality Instruction – Use your data to finalize your school-wide Instructional Focus Statement

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creating a better school day focused priorities and enhanced school culture
Creating a Better School Day – Focused Priorities and Enhanced School Culture
  • United Providence - January 28, 2014
today s objectives
Today’s Objectives
  • Focus on High Quality Instruction – Use your data to finalize your school-wide Instructional Focus Statement
  • Develop redesign features that put your students at the center of your schedules
  • Assess your school culture and develop improvement action steps

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high quality instruction
High Quality Instruction

Time

People

Technology

Focused Priorities

Enhanced School Culture

Frequent Data Cycles

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school schedule redesign process
School Schedule Redesign Process

Idea Generation

(Dec – Jan)

Decision Making

(Jan – April)

Redesign Schedule

(Jan – April)

Implement

September 2014

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next steps from session 1
Next Steps from Session 1

What kind of progress have you made with the Next Steps from Session 1?

Discuss and reflect with your team and be prepared to share progress and challenges.

Share Statement with Staff, Students, & Parents

  • Draft adult and student friendly statements

Complete Activity and Write Focus Statement

  • Ensure focus targets one skill, impacts students and adults, and has multiple measures

Schedule Time for Staff to Analyze Data for Focus

  • Identify approximately 90 to 120 minutes for data exercise

Gather Student Data to Create Instructional Focus

  • Compile achievement data from multiple sources over multiple years, drilling down to standards/skill level data

Identify Resources and Activities to Share with Staff

  • Today’s resources include: IDEO Redesign video; Hiatt instructional focus video ; and Maplewood instructional focus activity. Focus packet and Student Profiles activity

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reconnection activity student profiles
Reconnection Activity: Student Profiles

Which Students Did Your Team Choose?

  • Share profiles with team members
  • What are the implications for your redesign ?

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Tulsa’s Best Kept Secret

Instructional Focus

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instructional focus reminders
Instructional Focus Reminders…….

Instructional Focus…

Cuts across all

content areas

Impacts every student AND every adult

Becomes a central topic for collaboration/PD

Comes to life through a set of common instructional strategies

Provides a

foundation for long-term academic success

Is measurable

. . . and drives your use of time

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activity establishing your instructional focus
Activity: Establishing Your Instructional Focus

Objective: Create your school’s instructional focus statement

Team Work Time

  • Work Independently: Examine the data available for your school. Make note of strengths, weaknesses and questions on the graphic organizer. (15 min.)
  • Come Together as a Team: Synthesize your observations. Record them on chart paper. (25 min.)

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establishing your instructional focus
Establishing Your Instructional Focus

Team Work Time (continued)

3. As a team, discuss:

  • Which problems cut across multiple subject areas and grade levels?
  • Which of these problems would you classify as highest-importance? (Identify 2 – 3 issues.)
  • Which of these, if addressed by every teacher every day, could prove transformational for your school? (30min.)

4. Based on your discussion, as a team articulate a school-wide Instructional Focus. See if it meets the criteria in the “Would This Focus…” box on the graphic organizer .(50 min.)

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instructional focus discussion
Instructional Focus: Discussion

Now that we have reached consensus on an Instructional Focus for our school what are our next steps to introduce and implement this focus?

How do we engage all of our stakeholders in this work – Teachers? Other staff? Students? Partners? Parents ?

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high performing schools focus on eight powerful practices
High-Performing Schools Focus on Eight Powerful Practices

Optimize Time for

Student Learning

Use Time to help Students Thrive in School and Beyond

Dedicate Time to Improve Teacher Effectiveness

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Make Every Minute Count

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Build a School Culture of High Expectations and Mutual Accountability

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Continuously Strengthen Instruction

Prioritize Time to Focus on Small Set of School-wide Goals

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Provide a Well-Rounded Education

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Relentlessly Analyze and Respond to Data

Individualize Learning Time

and Instruction based on

Student Needs

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Prepare Students for College and Career

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the role of culture in your redesigned schedule
The Role of Culture in Your Redesigned Schedule

Today’s Objectives and Process

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Understand guiding principles: Purpose, Values, and Behaviors

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Apply principles to learning about culture at high performing schools

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Identify the connections between purpose, values and behaviors at your school

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Begin to plan next steps towards your improvement efforts

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why enhance school culture
Why Enhance School Culture?

Makes Adults’ Work More Meaningful and Fulfilling

What the Research Says:

Decreases Teacher Burnout and Increases Teacher Retention

(Grayson and Alvarez, 2008)

Improves Student Learning of Academic Skills

What the Research Says:

Improves Student Engagement and Achievement

(Hamre and Pianta, 2001)

Prepares Students for Long Term Success

What the Research Says:

Creates a Foundation to Effectively Respond to Challenges and Conflict

(Duckworth, 2007; Dweck, 2007)

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why don t plans to enhance culture always work
Why Don’t Plans to Enhance Culture Always Work?

“We don’t have buy-in from everyone”

This Doesn’t Align with How We Work and/or Why We Do Our Work

“We haven’t gotten the proper training”

“There’s no accountability and follow through”

“Our parents need to be more involved”

“That won’t work for our kids”

“We do things differently”

“That won’t work for our teachers”

“We don’t have support from the leadership”

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start with why
Start with Why

Simon Sinek

Start with Why

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key principles enhanced school culture
Key Principles: Enhanced School Culture

Supported by Staff Values

How

Behaviors, language, rituals, etc. to reinforce values

Commonly Shared Purpose

Consistent implementation across the school

Why

What

What

Supported by Student Values

How

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orchard gardens k8 pilot school
Orchard Gardens K8 Pilot School

Orchard Gardens (Roxbury, MA)

Grades: K-8

# of Students: 800

% Low Income: 90

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Orchard Gardens K8 Pilot School

Turning Around

Orchard Gardens

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read talk about orchard gardens
Read & Talk About Orchard Gardens

Read pages 14-15 from the Orchard Gardens Case Study handout or online. Highlight how OG meets the principles for Enhanced School Culture. (5 min.)

After reading, turn and talk at your table about what you’ve read and seen about the culture at Orchard Gardens that you want to remember as you consider your own school culture/climate.(10 min.)

OG Case Study

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manual high school 2006
Manual High School (2006)

Manual High School (CO)

Grades: 9 - 12

% Low Income: 95

# of Students: 600

Manual in 2006

  • Highest student attrition rate in the district (Denver Public Schools): 33% in one year
  • Highest drop-out rate in the district
  • Highest drop-out risk factors among incoming 9th grade classes in the district

% of 9th Grade Class Passing All or Failing All Drop-Out Risk Factors (2006)

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Denver Venture

Bruce Randolph

Manual

Closed in 2006 for being the ‘failingest High School in Colorado’

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manual re opens and defines its why
Manual Re-Opens and Defines Its Why

Manual Re-opened One Year Later, with a Renewed Emphasis on Culture

Why

Principle # 1: Commonly Shared Purpose

students are prepared for

We will create a school where

for success in college, careers, and life

by improving

attendance, graduation rates, test scores and grades, student engagement, and professionalism.

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how manual achieved its purpose
How Manual Achieved Its Purpose

How

Principle #2: Staff Values

Assume nothing, teach everything: habits of learning, habits of professionalism, habits of community

Keep it simple and personal: minimize transitions, keep classes small, keep preps few, keep student load reasonable, longer blocks of time for learning core academics, provide socio-emotional supports

Anticipate failure: build in lots of opportunities to catch up and succeed

Principle #3: Student (and Staff) Values

Build a safe and caring community: high structure, high love, high discipline, consistent school-wide expectations

Beat the odds: respond to failure productively, go to college, sweat the small stuff

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what manual did
What Manual Did

What

Principle #4: Behaviors, Rituals, Stories, etc. to Reinforce Values

Community Meeting: Twice a week whole school meeting to build school-wide community

Advisory: Daily period to build student-staff and student-student relationships

College Prep: Supplemental academic and socio-emotional supports to prepare students for college and career

Principle #5: Consistent Implementation across the School

Hiring with Values in Mind: School looks for generalists instead of content experts; emphasis on teamwork and collaboration

Scheduling Collaboration Time: Daily common planning periods and early release time for collaboration to ensure teachers are on same page

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what manual did a closer look
What Manual Did: A Closer Look

What

Community Meeting

Build Whole School Community – Twice a Week, 20 Minutes

Advisory

Build a Sense of Connection and Safety – Every Day, 40 Minutes

College Prep

Supplement Academic and Socio-Emotional Skills Needed for College Readiness

Every Day, 60 Minutes (supports are differentiated for each student)

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community meetings at manual
Community Meetings at Manual

Community Meeting

2x/week; 20 minutes

What It Looks Like at Manual

Build community and share common goals

  • Keep the vision present
  • College prep
  • Beat the odds
  • Sweat the small stuff

Celebrate success

  • Academic achievement
  • Athletic achievement
  • Other tracked goals (e.g. attendance)

Conduct business

  • School-wide announcements
  • Introduce new school-wide initiatives

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advisory at manual
Advisory at Manual

Advisory

Daily; 40 minutes

What It Looks Like at Manual

Building School Culture & Community:Create an advisory group where students feel a sense of safety and connection. Develop and strengthen cooperation, group building, and leadership skills.

Academic Support: Tracks and monitor the students’ academic and behavioral progress and participation in school life. Closely monitor attendance. Regular goal setting, reflection, and self-assessments. Parent conferences 2-3x per year.

Habits of Learning: Developing and acquiring key academic skills that support studying, taking tests, time management, organization.

Life Skills: Strengthening skills in conflict resolution, self-management, appropriate ways to communicate, decision-making, and healthy relationships.

Post Secondary Planning: Preparing and planning for college and careers following high school.

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advisory at manual continued
Advisory at Manual (Continued)

Advisory

Student Surveys

Advisory Content by Grades

My Advisor Supports Me in Doing Better at School

Culture & Community

Academic Support

Learning Habits

Post Sec Planning

Life Skills

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college prep at manual
College Prep at Manual

College Prep

Daily; 60 minutes

What It Looks Like at Manual

Placement based on Student’s Most Pressing Need:

  • Social-emotional
  • Students with low scores in reading, writing and math (“can’t do”)
  • Students with more than 1 F but proficient in reading and math (“won’t do”)
  • Students in good standing may choose electives

Faculty Responsibilities: teach 2 trimesters of intervention and one elective/enrichment (or 3rd intervention if they prefer)

Support from Outside Organizations: partners and community colleges also offer electives

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schedule implications
Schedule Implications

8:00-3:45 Academic Day (M,T,R, and F)

  • 80 minute core academic blocks every day
  • No off-campus or free periods
  • Multiple supports built into the day
  • 3 Trimesters of English required
  • If you pass math, science or social studies in 2 trimesters, take an elective or move up to the next level (catch up or accelerate)
  • Early dismissal Wednesday (no Advisory or College Prep) for faculty Team Meetings, PD
  • Athletics and activities take place after 3:45

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did it work
Did it Work?

Increases

Decreases

  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Drop-out Rates
  • ACT Scores
  • Graduation Rates
  • School Performance Rating
  • Attendance and Engagement

By 2011, Manual had outperformed peer CO schools in ALL OF THESE INDICATORS. That year, 90% of Manual students enrolled in college

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manual why how and what
Manual: Why, How, and What

Manual’s Culture

Staff Values: Teach Everything; Keep It Simple

Purpose: Prepare Students for College, Career, and Life

Community Meetings

Advisory

Student Values:

Beat the Odds

College Prep

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manual in action
Manual in Action

Manual High School

Turning Around Manual

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work time
Work Time

1. Read through the guiding principles in the Enhanced School Culture Framework (5 min.)

Culture Framework

2. Assess where your school is in each of the five principles (20 min.)

Self Assessment

3. Use the Idea Generator on to consider how the ideas from examples in this section could help your school improve in 2-3 areas you identified(30 min.)

Idea Generator

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sharing what you learn
Sharing What You Learn

Consider how

Videos

Activities

PowerPoint Slides

School Examples

can be shared in your broader school community to build support and buy-in and continue the redesign work

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keep communicating
Keep Communicating!
  • Keep Communicating with Your Faculty
    • Use this session’s key messages to provide an update to your full faculty on what you’ve learned today
    • Begin to solicit input from your faculty
  • Engage Partners
    • Communicate with both existing and potential partners about your plans for a new school year

Watch out for the rumor mill…be proactive!

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building support within your school
Building Support Within Your School

School

Planning Team

School

Leadership Team

Faculty & Colleagues

  • Imperative for your School Planning Teamto communicate to your School Leadership Team after every planning session
    • What did our team learn today?
    • What are our key next steps to build support in our school?
    • How can our staff participate?
  • Communicate regularly with your Faculty & Colleagues throughout the redesign process
    • Smaller team meetings
    • Full faculty meetings
    • Email updates

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building support for your better school day
Building Support For Your Better School Day

Communicate often to:

  • Build support and enthusiasm for the effort
  • Create a common sense of purpose
  • Convey a sense of urgency
  • Reduce anxiety and misconceptions by providing concrete information
  • Building support for your new school day by engaging key stakeholders will be an ongoing theme of the redesign process

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final thoughts
Final Thoughts….…

Take a moment to jot down an “aha!” moment or a shout out that stood out for you today.

Share out.

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nctl elt online resources
NCTL ELT Online Resources

Additional school profiles, case studies, communication tools and planning resources are available at:

www.timeandlearning.org.

Materials from the previous United Providence! sessions are available at:

www.timeandlearning.org/unitedprovidence

For more information:

Joe Rull jrull@timeandlearning.org

Joe McKown jmckown@timeandlearning.org

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thank you and evaluations
Thank You and Evaluations!

Please fill out and return your evaluations

THANK YOU!!

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