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Best Practices for Successful High Schools. J. “Moms” Mabley. If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. Current Characteristics . Traditions that have Become Ruts Attendance Required Learning Optional Isolated Teacher Centered Instruction

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j moms mabley
J. “Moms” Mabley

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.

current characteristics
Current Characteristics
  • Traditions that have Become Ruts
  • Attendance Required Learning Optional
  • Isolated Teacher Centered Instruction
  • Shining Successes but Some Students “Falling through the Cracks”
  • Some students overwhelmed while some are bored
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Discussion

Reflect on high school?

exemplary characteristics
Exemplary Characteristics
  • Personalized Learning
  • High Expectations
  • Data - Driven Decisions
  • 9th Grade Transition
  • Challenging 12th Grade
  • Rigorous and Relevant Curriculum
  • Effective Leadership
  • Relationships Driven by Guiding Principles
  • Sustained Professional Development
personalized learning
Personalized Learning
  • Multiple Pathways
  • Early Intervention
  • Disaggregation of Data
  • Leveling w/ Respect
  • Small Learning Communities
changes that are easier in slc
Changes That Are Easier in SLC
  • Building Relationships
  • Identifying Student Needs
  • Articulation of Curriculum
  • Staff Collaboration
  • Creating Positive School Culture
  • Contextual Learning
pitfalls
Pitfalls

Lack of Specific Goals

Failure to Address Literacy

Unchanged Curriculum

Too Much Emphasis on Belonging

Ignoring Staff Concerns

Uninformed Student Assignment

Bad Timing

Focusing only on Teachers

expectations
Expectations
  • Expectations are Behaviors
  • Collaborative
  • High Levels of Support
data is powerful
Data is Powerful
  • Assess the current and future needs of students
  • Decide what to change
  • Determine if goals are being met
  • Engage in continuous school improvement
  • Identify root causes of problems
  • Promote accountability
types of data
Core Learning

Stretch Learning

Student Engagement

Personal Skill Development

Types of Data
  • Student Learning
    • School
      • Class
  • Demographics
  • School Processes
  • Curriculum and Instruction
9th grade practices
9th Grade Practices
  • Transition Procedures
  • Social Activities
  • Early Interventions
  • Avoiding Front Loading
  • Differentiation
  • Parent Relationships
  • Adult Advisory
  • Peer Relationships
12th grade practices
12th Grade Practices
  • Early College
  • Full Scheduling
  • Advanced Placement
  • Dual Enrollment
  • College Application Support
  • Senior Projects
  • Community Service
  • Internships
curriculum
Curriculum
  • Focused
curriculum1
Curriculum
  • Focused
  • Standards vs. Curriculum vs. Instruction
curriculum2
Curriculum
  • Focused
  • Standards vs. Curriculum vs. Instruction
  • Constantly raising Rigor and Relevance
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Ask Me.....

“How will I ever use what I’m learning today?”

leadership
Leadership
  • Problem is more people than Technical
  • Not Charismatic
  • Entrepreneurial vs. Bureaucratic
  • Performance vs. Compliance
  • Department Chairs
  • Focus on Instruction
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Guiding Principles

• Responsibility

• Contemplation

• Initiative

• Perseverance

• Optimism

• Courage

• Respect

• Compassion

• Adaptability

• Honesty

• Trustworthiness

• Loyalty

professional development
Professional Development
  • Directly related to school goals
  • Ongoing
  • Personalized
  • Culture of Collaboration
exemplary characteristics1
Exemplary Characteristics
  • Personalized Learning
  • High Expectations
  • Data - Driven Decisions
  • 9th Grade Transition
  • Challenging 12th Grade
  • Rigorous and Relevant Curriculum
  • Effective Leadership
  • Relationships Driven by Guiding Principles
  • Sustained Professional Development
action items where to begin
Action Items - Where to Begin
  • Instruction vs. Structure (Rigor/Relevance)
  • Relationships
  • Start with Special Education
  • Data-based decision Making
  • Transition Years
  • Systems
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International Center for

Leadership in Education

Build Relationships

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“In the years to come, your students may forget what you taught them. But they will always remember how you made them feel.”
slide28
Increasing Rigor/Relevance

D

C

RIGOR

High

B

A

Low

Low

High

RELEVANCE

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Everyone needs support

when they take new risks

essential relationships in schools
Essential RelationshipsIn Schools
  • Learning
  • Staff
  • Professional
  • Community
relationships are essential to student learning
Relationships are Essential to Student Learning

Result of combination of support from:

  • Family
  • Teachers
  • Peers
  • Community
relationships
Relationships

Clearly Important ?

How to Quantify?

How to Develop?

relationship model
Relationship Model

0. Isolation

1. Known

2. Receptive

3. Reactive

4. Proactive

5. Sustained

6. Ubiquitous

metlife survey of the american teacher
Metlife Survey of the American Teacher

New students are bullied or teased?

very often/often 18%

sometimes 33%

New students are helped by other students ?

very often/often 52%

sometimes 37%

survey of 10 12th grade students on relationships
Survey of 10-12th Grade Students on Relationships

Metlife Survey of the American Teacher 2005

quality of school s role encouraging parental involvement
Quality of School’s Role Encouraging Parental Involvement

My school does a good job of encouraging parental involvment.

Metlife Survey of the American Teacher 2005

hesse survey 2005
HESSE - Survey 2005
  • More that half (52%) had not discussed ideas with a teacher outside of class during the year.
  • Three fifths (60%) had not communicated with a teacher by email.
  • However, 70% agreed they had many opportunities to ask questions about their work.
  • Less than half (48%) had frequently discussed grades or assignments with a teacher.
  • Half never or only sometimes received feedback from teachers on assignments.
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The special importance of encouragement highlights the likely importance of strong teacher-student relationships in affecting achievement, especially for African American and Hispanic students.

Ronald Ferguson

slide44
What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things.
supportive behaviors
Supportive Behaviors
  • Showing Respect
  • Taking Interest
  • Active Listening
  • Frequent Contact
  • Encouragement
  • Avoiding “Put Downs
  • Displaying Student Work
  • Writing Encouraging Notes
  • Identifying Unique Talents
supportive behaviors cont d
Supportive Behaviors cont’d.
  • Celebrating Accomplishments
  • Serving As Role Model
  • Using One-to-One Communication
  • Encouraging Students to Express Opinions/Ideas
  • Creating Inviting Classroom Climate
  • Exhibiting Enthusiasm
  • Using Positive Humor
  • Students Praising Peers
supportive activities
Supportive Activities
  • Character Education
  • Beginning of the Year Student Social Activities
  • Team Building
  • Mentoring
  • Rewards, Recognition, Incentives
  • Student Advocacy
  • Advisement Program
supportive initiatives cont d
Supportive Initiatives, cont’d.
  • Peer Mediation
  • Students as Teachers
  • Family, Community, Business Partnerships
  • Service Learning
  • Extra and Co-curricular Activities
  • Sports Programs
supportive structures
Supportive Structures
  • Small Learning Community
  • Alternative Scheduling
  • Team Teaching
  • Teacher Continuity
  • School-based Enterprise
  • Professional Learning Community
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REFLECTION

What will you do in your classroom/school as a result of today’s session?

activity
Activity

ACTIONPLAN

http dickjones us
Dick Jones Web Site

http://dickjones.us

Center Web Site

http://www.LeaderEd.com

SPN

http://www.successfulpractices.org

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Love your children

more than your programs and practices.

10 key components
10 Key Components
  • Culture of High Expectations and Support
  • Articulated Curriculum
  • Personalized Learning
  • Rigorous and Relevant Instruction
  • Positive School Climate
  • Leadership
  • Data-driven Decisions
  • Accountability
  • Partnerships
  • Professional Learning Communities
international center for leadership in education inc
International Center for Leadership in Education, Inc.

1587 Route 146

Rexford, NY 12148

Phone (518) 399-2776

Fax (518) 399-7607

E-mail - [email protected]

www.LeaderEd.com

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