Ideas and successful practices from principals in the Master Principal Program.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/232000627/The-Changing-Role-of-the-PrincipalThis article looks at the following 8 areas in relation to the changing role of the principal:1. Redesign job charts and descriptions2. Develop instructional leadership capacity3. Focus training on coaching teachers4. Build central office staff capacity to support principals5. Allow principals to meet around self-selected problems of practice6. Develop partnerships with universities and non-profits7. Training on leadership frameworks8. Technological support for data handling The article references several case studies and really provides a good "umbrella look" at the changes we talked about through the first few days together. I particularly like how it places importance on the central office and their need to also see the need for supporting a change in the traditional role. Enjoy!!
SMART GOAL: By December 18, 2015 I will implement an operational, web-based tool for teachers to place and track students in the RTI process as evidenced by a shared Google spreadsheet.
Darrell implementing a web based tool for the RTI process sounds like a great idea. Our school is currently working on a new RTI process for our teachers. As of now it is paper based but would like to see it become a web based tool in the near future.
This sounds like a great idea! I cannot wait to learn more from your future presentation. The paper trail that follows a complete RTI would be easier to collaborate on under a Google Doc!
http://www.wholechildeducation.org/blog/who-is-todays-principalThis blog discusses the changing role of the principal and the importance of the principal being a good communicator. Communication is key in getting stakeholders to understand the value of the school's vision.
Smart Goal: By March 11, 2016 after implementing 3 AP strategies into the regular education classroom, the student GPA(s) will be higher in the 3rd QTR vs. 2nd.
I believe you will see student growth using these AP strategies. When higher-order teaching and thinking is the center of the classroom, students can show strong gains. I will be looking forward to seeing the results of your leadership project.
Smart Goal: By April 1, 2016, 90% of second grade students receiving intervention will meet or exceed Oral Reading Fluency Benchmark.
Jeff, this is a great goal! When kids receive true intervention, amazing things can happen! I am anxious to see your results with this project!
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https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/report/2014/07/01/93015/the-changing-role-of-the-principal/This article looks at the switch from building manager to team builder and agent of visionary change. However, the authors say we must remain effective building managers, disciplinarians and public relations experts (Amen to that one). To be a successful principal, we need to be able to manage these new demands with proper training in management strategies and structures that encourage strategic prioritization and delegation of administrative tasks. So, delegate, but know what to delegate.
By April 1, 2016 I will develop and implement a CWT form through Google Docs to track and sustain growth, and to use as a tool to help recommend professional development needs in the areas of teaching and learning in the classroom.
I am currently using a Google Docs CWT form that I created last year. I love this tool! I have my curriculum coaches utilizing this tool as well. We meet and pull the data from our combined CWTs to plan for PD.
Cassie that sounds great! I am anxious to see the results we get from using this document.
http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/apr13/vol70/num07/How-Do-Principals-Really-Improve-Schools%C2%A2.aspx How Do Principals Really Improve Schools?This article suggest that the way principals really improve schools is to make sure that educators know how to improve student learning but have not been sufficiently motivated to do so, and that principals have the time and expertise to improve each teacher's professional practice by observing that teacher. The article goes on to talk about the following: 1. That merit pay does not improve student performance. 2. That observations can be meaningful to some extent but should not be used as their key strategy for improving schools.3. The most powerful strategy for improving both teaching and learning is to create the collaborative culture through PLC Process and offers five steps for successful PLC.
By April 1, 2016 our identified RTI students will through our intervention program improve their targeted classroom grade by 10%.
By March 11, 2016, when compared to the end of the first nine weeks data, there will be a decrease in the total number of Ds by 50 and the total number of Fs by 25 as measured by the final grade report for the third nine weeks.
I am looking forward to hear about the great things you and your staff put into place to see an increase in students' grades.
Focusing on student achievement helps all staff reflect and grow in their practice. I look forward to seeing the growth of your students and the ideas you and your staff generate to help support these learners.
By April 1st, there will be a 5% decrease in the number of students receiving a D or F on their 9 weeks report cards as measured by students grades.
Teri, I believe this is an attainable goal. I will be looking forward to hearing what tools your teachers and students used to bring their grades up!
Cassie AdamsBy April 1, 2016, there will be a reading corner, a classroom library, and Literacy Lab strategies being utilized in all Literacy classrooms in grades 4-6 as measured by classroom walk-throughs.
Giving students a comfortable place to learn to read and practice independent reading will definitely motivate them. I look forward to hearing about the Literacy Lab Strategies you and your staff are putting into place to promote life long literacy and learning.
The Literacy Lab Strategies is a great idea. I am looking forward to hearing more about this.
By the 2018-2019 school year there will be a 75% increase in student accountability and engagement as measured by classroom observations, teacher feedback, parent surveys and student samples.
I really like how you are using multiple assessments. I look forward to hearing more details!
By May 2016, there will be an increase of 50% additional parental resources and supports included with our parent involvement events as measured by planned activities, observations, and staff and parent feedback.
https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/report/2014/07/01/93015/the-changing-role-of-the-principal/THE CHANGING ROLE OF THE PRINCIPALI believe this is the same article that Darrell and Mike read. This articled talked about how the role of today's principal would be unrecognizable to the principals of the 60's, 70's, and 80's. It talked about how the role of the principal has moved from building manager and compliance enforcer to being an aspirational leader, team builder, coach and agent of visionary change putting student performance at the forefront, BUT YET maintaining their role as effective building managers, disciplinarian, and public relations expert. It was also mentioned in this article how overhauling teacher evaluation substantially affects the job of the principal. It mentioned that the initial findings of the case studies they performed indicated that the new models of teacher evaluation did not only dramatically change the amount of time principals spend observing and conferencing with teachers, but it also altered the nature of their interactions with teachers. Furthermore, these new systems require principals to function not only as evaluators but also as instructional coaches.
By May 2016, the use of technology at the augmentation, modification, and redefinition levels will increase by 25% at the building level as measured by classroom walkthroughs specifically focused on technology.
Smart Goal: Continue to help our school introduce RTI and have it fully implemented by the 2016-2017 school year. Leading our school in RTI is an effort to help keep students in school more and use more resources when dealing with students who are having trouble at school.Eric Henderson
Smart Goal: By May 2016, Lakeside will have 100% participation by all teachers in a project-based learning event as measured by lesson plans written by teams, projects posted on the Lakeside Learning Lab website, and observations in classrooms.
I read "The Changing Role of the Principal". This article gives a good indication of how some principals feel. I think at times we all need extra support from out district offices and need them to show us that they support what we are doing to make education first in our school. A couple of important points that really stood out were the following:1. Principals used to be school-building managers.2. Today, principals are leaders, team builders, coaches, and a visionary of change.3. These changes have put "student performance" as a top priority.This article pointed out a lot about change. Change has shown that principals have not been trained properly for their jobs and are not given the support needed to succeed. Education is changing in a lot of ways and will continue to change through the years. One thing that I have noticed whether it is an administrator or teacher, if proper support is not given then that person is being setup for failure.https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/report/2014/07/01/93015/the-changing-role-of-the-principal/
https://www.naesp.org/resources/1/Principal/2008/S-O_p42.pdfThis article discusses what the author believes to be the most job of the principal: creating a school culture that is engaging for both adults and students. A sense of belonging and a clear direction are imperative.
Smart goal: By May 2016 90% of all 3rd and 4th grade students will have met their MAP RIT Goal for the year.
I thought that the article "Four Instructional Leadership Skills Principals Need" offered some great ideas on effective use of resources, communication skills, serving as an instructional resource, and being visible and accessible. Also, the article discussed how the instructional leadership role is always evolving. Below is the link to this article.http://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/ed-leadership/four-instructional-leadership-skills-principals-need/
Smart Goal: By May 2016, there will be 100% participation/engagement in morning activities as evidenced by a decrease in office referrals.
Smart Goal: By March 7, 2016, there will be a 25% reduction in the number of tardies of 9th grade students as measured by the PLASCO system.
Smart Goal: By March 17, 2016, Pre/Post assessments will be developed and administered in all content areas.
http://www.principals.org/Content.aspx?topic=55757Changing Role of the Assistant PrincipalThis article really resonated with me personally because I never wanted to be viewed just as a school manager, but regarded as an instructional leader. Assistant principals have traditionally been relegated to management roles, but does that really prepare you to step into the role of principal.I totally agree with the article's statement, being an assistant principal takes strong conviction, personal empowerment, and a desire to professionally grow.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/21st-century-leadership-overview-ken-kayThis article discusses the importance of leaders becoming 21st century leaders and the tools to accomplish this. The 4c's, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, are mentioned throughout the article. These tactics are relevant today, because leaders have to now become familiar with technology and influence teachers to practice student-led lessons and project bases assessment. This is a huge change in the role of principals today.
http://www.principals.org/Content.aspx?topic=55757This article discusses that assistant principals are often assigned management roles which keeps them from being involved with the instructional programs. Assistant principals will often need to take the initiative to become involved in duties and activities outside of their management tasks that will allow them to become stronger instructional leaders.
SMART Goal: By April 15th there will be a jump in measuring the implementation of Engage New York in our teachers as measured/evidenced by the Implementation Dip Device in October and then again in April
The article I read came from the following website: http://www.uscranton.com/resources/careers/the-roles-and-duties-of-an-assistant-principal/#.Vp_uuporLIUIt discussed how the assistant principal has a very important role in the school. They discussed that there are many activities that the assistant principal has to be at. However, the changing role includes more involvement on the academic side of things for the assistant principal. These academics include helping with testing, evaluating teachers, and helping run meetings. Their role continues to be helping keep a calm, positive environment in the school.
http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/PB09_Leadership08.pdfOne of the things that stuck out to me in this article is the idea that principals are primarily responsible for teacher retention. "People don't quit companies. They quit managers."This is a very difficult thing as you are trying to coach teachers to change their practice, which is connected to his/her deep belief system. Teachers voices need to be heard and valued and they need to feel as though they are professionals and not just going through the curriculum as given to them. Retention of teachers in high-poverty schools is even more difficult.
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