Transparency Drives Accountability: Improved Performance Through Shared Responsibility Melissa Glee-Woodard Lewisdale Elementary School Principal Prince Georges County, Maryland NAESP Annual 89th Annual Convention and Exposition NAESP Standard 6
Actively engage the community to create shared responsibility for student performance and development. Take a closer look at your professional practice Take 5 minutes to read the selfassessment continuum and use this as a tool to identify your need for growth or change. If leaders are to build great
organizations they must get the right people on the bus. Collins Lewisdale Elementary School 80% Hispanic/Latino 17% African American > 1% Caucasian 1.9% Asian >1% American Indian
45% males 55% females Located in the urban setting of Prince Georges County, Maryland. 84% FARMS 54 % ESOL 5% SPED 8% TAG
100% Neighborhood School All Walkers Why Change? School listed on MSDEs School Improvement list Highly qualified teachers that need professional development Data kept quiet Limited/lack of student motivation Shared vision needed
How Did We Change? Shared Leadership Setting High Expectations Increasing the Rigor Taking a Different Look at Data Motivation! Motivation! Refocusing Staff Development Taking a Different Look at Extended Learning Opportunities
Building a World Class School 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 Listen If you walk into Lewisdale Elementary School and the ask the question, Who here is responsible for student learning? you will get one response Shared Leadership Administration
Students Teachers I am Community Partners Parents Support Staff
Four Non-Negotiable Shared Mission Shared Vision Shared Values Shared Goals
Students Know their assessment data Challenge each other - *NEW* Develop strategies and goals for academic success Own their learning High expectations for success will be judged not only by the initial staff beliefs and behaviors, but also by the
organizations response when some students do not learn. Larry Lezotte, 1991 Teachers and Administrators Need to know best instructional practices Develop teacher leaders Understand the value of assessments and examination of data Use data to drive instruction (PLC) Examine rigor
Set high expectations Classified Staff Kept out of the dark Used to assist with reinforcement of indicators Held accountable for students learning Participated actively in collaborative planning and data analysis Parents
Can articulate the vision and mission Know their childs assessment data Understand the importance of implementing our standards Have begun to increase their level of expectations for the school and for their children. Are true community partners Special Programs/Initiatives
Title I ESOL 8 teachers Comprehension and Primary Toolkit ELO Programs MEANS SIR Mandated Summer Reading Assignments Mandated Quarterly Projects Professional Book Studies University of Maryland Resident Teachers Summer Enrichment Programs
Job-A-Like Mentors Building a World Class School Student Involvement
Art Club Technology Club Theatre Arts Program Chorus Patrols Band Step It Up female mentoring group Paw Pride Program
5th Grade Student Council Building a World Class School Parental Involvement
Donuts for Dads English Survival Classes every Friday evening Muffins for Moms Revitalization of the PTA Second Cup of Coffee Monthly Instructional Workshops Quarterly Recognition Assemblies
Canned Food Drive Annual Family Fun Day Parent Resource Room Building a World Class School Reflection on Leadership Take 5 minutes to think about leaders you have known. Think about their schoolcommunity leadership skills. What stands out as particularly noteworthy? Unworthy? Turn and talk to a partner about your reflection.
When schools build partnerships with families that respond to their concerns, honor their contributions, and share power, they succeed in sustaining connections that are aimed at improving student achievement - Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp
Reaching Out to Parents Learn Together
Empower Parents Provide Training Establish Parent Coordinators Foster Parental Success Publicize Student Presentations Solicit Parent and Community Involvement Develop Parent Involvement Activities Build Community Alliances Nothing is more important to our shared future than the well being of children. For children are
at our core-not only as vulnerable beings in need of love and care but as a moral touchstone amidst the complexity and contentiousness of modern life. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes children to raise up a village and become all it should be. The village we build with them in mind will be a better place for us all. -Hillary Rodham Clinton How to Build Community Alliances
Become media savvy Become a part of a Professional Development School Undertake Community Building Develop a community alliance committee Keep in contact with keep political officials in your community Examining Your Professional Practice
Take 5 minutes to reflect on the degree to which a true school-community spirit exists in your building. How can you change your professional practice to make the community more involved and develop more of a sense of community? Practical Applications Review the personal reflection sheet Examine your own professional practice Dialogue with colleagues to learn Best Practices
Get your staff on board Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, its the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
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