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Title: Virginia Foundation for Educational Leadership Virginia Department of Education Webinar Series 2012


1
Virginia Foundation for Educational
Leadership Virginia Department of Education
Webinar Series2012
  • Welcome
  • to
  • Webinar 8

2
Virginia Foundation of Educational Leadership
(VFEL)
  • Webinar Faculty
  • Dr. Roger E. Jones
  • Dr. Carol C. Robinson

3
An Opportunity to explore Eight Elements of
Successful High Schools
  • (http//www.centerii.org/handbook/Resources/Append
    ix_High_school_improvement.pdf)
  • Rigorous Curriculum and Instruction
  • Assessment and Accountability
  • Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Growth
  • Student and Family Supports
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leadership Development
  • Organization and Structure
  • Sustainability

4
Do Not Overwhelm Your Staff
  • Help them see the big picture and
    interrelations of the elements
  • Every school has its own DNA
  • Assess the elements in your school as foundation
    for developing a plan

5
Todays Agenda
  • Welcome
  • Research regarding Element 8 Sustainability
  • Reflections/Next Steps

6
Objectives
  • Participants will be able to identify the defined
    practices in their school relative to
    sustainability.

7
Sustainability (Element 8)
  • Appropriate time and necessary fiscal support are
    provided so that high school improvement
    strategies and initiatives can be implemented and
    sustained.
  • Facilities and materials are continually assessed
    and upgraded to keep pace with evolving standards
    and technology.
  • Teachers and principals continuously develop
    their knowledge and skills to incorporate high
    school improvement strategies and initiatives
    within their instructional leadership practices.

8
Sustainability
  • You can only create and sustain what you value!
  • Implementing is easier than sustaining.
  • Sustain only those programs/ initiatives/strategie
    s that work.
  • Match intent with practice.

9
SOL Changes
  • Social Studiesstandards changed in 2008 and
    assessments changed in 2010-2011
  • Mathstandards changed in 2009 and assessments
    changed in 2011-2012
  • English and Sciencestandards changed in 2010 and
    assessments changed in 2012-2013

10
Additional Areas of Focus
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Advanced Proficient on EOC Assessments
  • Industry Certification
  • Academic Rigor
  • Governors Challenge to State Board
  • USED Waivers to NCLB
  • Evaluations Linked to Student Achievement
  • Student Assistance Programming
  • Graduation and Completion Index

11
Critical Points for Sustainability
  • To sustain change, schools must focus energies
    beyond short-term effectiveness and toward a
    greater vision
  • Hargreaves Fink (2006), Reeves Allison
    (2009), Wheatley Frieze (2007)

12
Critical Points for Sustainability
  • The greatest obstacle to school reform (and
    sustainability) is the lack of a compelling
    vision.
  • (NASSP, 2004)

13
Sustainability is Connected to School Culture
(Kurt Lewin)
  • Culture (defined practice) is the
    institutionalized way you do things in your
    school (it is what you espouse and what you
    accept)
  • School Culture is frozen it will not change
    without a reason
  • Unfreeze the culture, then implement the change
  • Refreeze the culture so the change becomes part
    of who you are

14
Critical Points for Sustainability
  • The most important outcome of any fundamental
    change process must be a change in the
    stakeholders mindsets and beliefs about
    education. Without changes in the users
    mindsets, no fundamental change is likely to
    succeed or be sustained.
  • (Squire Reigeluth, 2000)

15
Structural Change ? Cultural Change
  • Structural Change Examples
  • Small Learning Communities
  • Ninth Grade Academies
  • Block Schedule
  • Career Academies
  • Professional Learning Communities

16
Structural Change ? Cultural Change
  • Cultural Changes
  • Vision that Drives Decisions
  • Common Set of Guiding Principles
  • Heightened Expectations
  • Belief Structure of Teachers/Staff
  • Language of the Responsible v. Language of the
    Victim

17
Sustain Change that
  • Prepares students for their future, not our
    pasts
  • Prepares students for jobs that may not yet
    exist and
  • Prepares students to solve unknown problems.

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Sustainability Process
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21
Two Critical Elements of Sustainability
  • Non-negotiables
  • Those things you will lock horns over.
  • Intentionality
  • Those things you agree to focus on every day.

22
Sustainability
School Department Efforts
School Administration Efforts
Efforts in sustainability that are NOT based on
student needs will NOT raise your graduation rate.
Central Office Efforts
Feeder School Efforts
23
Resources for Element 8
  • Hargreaves, A. Fink, D. (2006). Sustainable
    leadership. San Francisco Jossey-Bass.
  • National Association of Secondary Principals.
    (2004). Breaking ranks II Strategies for
    leading high school reform. Reston, VA Author.
  • Noguera, P. Presentation made at the Virginia
    Middle and High School Principals Conference and
    Exposition, June 27-29, 2011
  • Reeves. D. B. Allison, E. (2009). Renewal
    coaching Sustainable change for individuals and
    organizations. San Francisco Jossey-Bass.
  • Squire, K. D. Reigeluth, C. M. (2000). The many
    faces of systemic change. Educational Horizons,
    78(3), 145-154.
  • Wheatley, M. Frieze, D. (2007). Beyond
    networking How large-scale change really
    happens. School Administrator, 64(4), 35-38.

24
Next Steps
  • How is sustainability addressed and evidenced in
    our school and division? What are our
    non-negotiables?
  • What is the compelling vision that guides our
    school and division reform efforts?
  • What structural changes have we made or are we
    preparing to make? Are we changing the culture?

25
  • The ultimate goal in school improvement is for
    the people attached to the school to drive its
    continuous improvement for the sake of their own
    children and students.
  • Dr. Sam Redding
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