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VT School Improvement Coaches Meeting:Monitoring the Impact of Reform Initiatives Developing Accountability

January 19, 2012 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Please log on to the WebEx site first, then follow the onscreen instructions to dial in by phone.

For additional help, dial Joe Trunk: 617 899-7925.

webex pointers
WebEx Pointers

Confirm you can mute your own microphone/ phone – to enable discussion during today’s meeting without undue background noise, take a minute to locate the mute control on your computer/ telephone.

If using your computer for the audio portion of our meeting, PLEASE use a headset or dial in using a speakerphone.

You will be muted during the session unless otherwise indicated. If you have a question or a request, type it into the CHAT box in the lower right hand corner of your screen.

If you encounter a problem, call Joe Trunk at (617 899-7925) to talk with someone who may be able to help get you reconnected.



meeting objectives
Meeting Objectives
  • Share an observation about sustaining effort
  • Learn about state plans for an ESEA waiver
  • Consider options for monitoring the impact of school improvement efforts
  • Review the draft rubric for School Coaching Standard #4: Developing Accountability
meeting agenda
Meeting Agenda

3:00 – 3:20 Welcome and Introductions

3:20 – 3:35 VT DOE Updates

3:35 – 3:50 Strategies for monitoring the impact of improvement initiatives

3:50 -- 4:20 Coaching Standard 4: Developing Accountability – Draft Rubric

4:20 – 4:30 Homework, Next Meeting

welcome and introductions
Welcome and Introductions

Organizers: VT School Improvement Coordinators: Ken Remsen, Lisa Mazzitelli, Carol Duley, Debi Price

Host: Joe Trunk, New England Comprehensive Center

Facilitator: Karen Laba

Participants: Please introduce yourself, tell your role and your school/ SU/ District affiliation, and complete the sentence

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”

Tom Landry

“An approach I’ve used to help sustain energy to implement a change initiatives is . . .”

the federal esea waiver
The Federal ESEA Waiver

At yesterday’s meeting, the State Board gave its approval to the ESEA Flexibility Waiver, giving us the go ahead to move forward with its continued development.  The motion allowed the Commissioner to negotiate the Waiver with the US Department of Education in the coming months.  The draft plan was sent to CCSSO late yesterday afternoon in preparation for a technical assistance session with them next week.

vt doe updates cont d
VT DOE Updates (cont’d)

Coach and School Checks:

Ken: Jen, Susie, Fran, Lisa, Peter, Casey

Lisa: Lynn, Mary Ann, Tina, Carolyn, Otho

Debi: Wendy, David C., Dana, Maura, Janna

Carol: Linda, David, Herb, Victor, Karen, Elaine

q a for vt doe
Q & A for VT DOE

“Raise your hand” or write your question in the chat window.

what s working what s not a role for coaches
What’s working? What’s not? --A Role for Coaches

Project/ Initiative/ Reform Effort design:

  • What needs do (our staff/ our students) have?
  • What can we do to address these needs?
  • Who will do what? What will it look like?
  • How will we know whether it is having the desired impact?
criteria for measures of impact
Criteria for Measures of Impact
  • Useful – by the educator to make adjustments, inform instructional decisions
  • Trustworthy – accurate within the context of the use of the data
  • Timely – see ‘useful’; within the real time context of classroom activities
a collaborative approach to measuring impact of change efforts
A Collaborative Approach to Measuring Impact of Change Efforts

Consider this principle of change:

Those responsible for change should be intimately involved in defining the nature and direction of that change.

Consider this Strategy:

Invite the school team to describe what full (and effective) implementation of the activity will look like in their school –

Who will be doing what?

For Example:

Goal of an Initiative: Teachers individualize instruction based on pre-test results to provide support for some students and enhanced learning opportunities for others.

what will it look like
What will it look like?

What will teachers be doing?

-- Teachers will have a binder of assessment items for each GLE and unit of instruction, including NECAP released items and curriculum assessments from our math program.

-- Teachers will meet in grade level teams to share the results of the current unit with their colleagues.

-- Teacher teams will sort the students for placement in the reteach and enrich block to be started in November of next year.

-- Teachers will assign themselves to the various student groups for the 3 week reteach and enrich sequence.

-- Teachers will re-assess students on the targeted GLEs covered and review plans for the subsequent 3 week reteach and enrich block.

q a on strategies for monitoring impact
Q & A on Strategies for Monitoring Impact

Pose questions,

Offer suggestions,

Or offer comments in the Chat box or “raise your hand”

coaching standards
Coaching Standards

The Assignment: Describe behaviors that represent attainment of the coaching standard across a continuum from “approaches” to “meets” to “exceeds”

Goal: To compile a comprehensive continuum that can be used to assess coaching.

Design Team for Coaching Standard 4: David Leo Nyquist, Peter Mello, Susie Girardin, Otho Thompson

Presenter: Peter Mello

coaching standard 4
Coaching Standard #4:

STANDARD 4—Developing Accountability: A School Performance Coach promotes improved school performance by advancing shared accountability through the engagement of all members of a school community in collaborative assessment, data analysis, and action to ensure the success of every student.

  • Encouraging skillful use of data to inform decision making
  • Sharing best practices in student assessment
  • Providing faculty with data-based feedback on their instructional effectiveness
  • Promoting a culture of distributed accountability
discussion of the continuum for coaching standard 4
Discussion of the Continuum for Coaching Standard #4
  • Do the three domains provide a useful context for assessing whether a coach has been effective in “developing accountability”?
  • Do the statements in the Peer Observation continuum accurately describe coaching behaviors that ‘approach,’ ‘meet,’ or ‘exceed’ the standard?
  • Do the statements in the Sharing Best Practices continuum accurately describe coaching behaviors that ‘approach,’ ‘meet,’ or ‘exceed’ the standard?
  • Do the statements in the Shifting Faculty Culture continuum meet your understanding of the coaching behaviors that fit Standard #4?
  • What would make this a useful tool for assessing coaching practice?
q a on coaching standard 4
Q & A on Coaching Standard #4

Pose questions,

Offer suggestions,

Or offer comments in the Chat box or “raise your hand”

input request for next meeting
Input Request for Next Meeting

NEXT MEETING: THURSDAY, February 16, 2012,

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Title: How do school systems support the instructional shifts required by the Common Core state standards?

Presenters: Gail Taylor, Pat Fitzsimmons

Proposed topics: overview of Common Core; primary instructional shifts; roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders


  • Does this frame seem useful to your role as a school coach?
  • What questions would you like to have addressed in the session?
homework today s materials
Homework & Today’s Materials

Homework: Coaching Standard 5 – Team (Herb Perez, Mary Ann B, David C) prepare draft for discussion on Feb 16 ; everyone go to Wiki and offer suggestions

Feedback: Please provide your feedback on the usefulness of today’s meeting and suggestions for future sessions on the Jan 19 page of the wiki.

Meeting Materials: Presentation and links mentioned today will be posted on the VT SI wiki as well as on the Dept. website. A link to the recording of today’s session will be sent to all via email and posted as soon as it is available.

invitation to present
Invitation to Present

Learning Forward Annual Conference

Boston, MA

December 1-5, 2012

Proposals Due: January 31, 2012

Online Submission at:

Also, seeking volunteers to Score Proposals –

In person -- Malden HS, Feb. 3, 2012

Remote scoring – your location, Feb 3 +/-

Send email to Karen at

thanks for your participation
Thanks for your participation

Thanks to NECC and Joe Trunk

for web services and support