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The LAUNCH!™ professional development is more rigorous and strongly aligns with the work of a school improvement specialist. LAUNCH!™ has had a greater impact on my work than other professional learning experiences.
Have you ever heard a story and realized that you must not have heard the whole story? That is what we tend to do in school improvement efforts. We review or hear a few things that may be impacting performance and then start jumping to a solution that we heard worked in another school or … Continue reading Standard 3- Focus on Systemic Factors-The Big Picture by Dr. Jean Quigg
Blog by Carlas McCauley, Director for WestEd’s Center on School Turnaround July 26, 2016 The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes major revisions to the previous law in terms of how states design their accountability systems and provide supports to improve academic outcomes in their lowest-performing schools. One revision calls for Title I schools with … Continue reading Maximizing ESSA’s 7-Percent Set-Aside for School Improvement by Carlas McCauley
Guest Blogger, Ron Hurley After analyzing data and making some judgments, I came to believe I had to get stakeholders “on board” with needing to make changes. My plan was to provide a clear picture, where the high school was in relation to growth and improving. I felt the only way to do this is … Continue reading Standard 2: Facilitate Deriving Meaning and Engagement by Ron Hurley, Kentucky Executive Coach
“Mr. Hurley, the High School needs help to improve scores on the State Test.” That was my greeting one morning from the Superintendent as I walked into my office. She had been waiting for me to arrive. As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, I thought, she is correct. So my response to her was … Continue reading Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgement by Ron Hurley, Kentucky Executive Coach
We have all been around small children at ages 2 and 3 and their favorite word is ‘why’? They are curious in exploring the world and trying to make meaning of all the things around them. We are constantly answering their questions of ‘why’. There were times when my daughters were two and three years … Continue reading Standard 2- Facilitating Deriving Meaning and Engagement- The Child in All of Us- Dr. Jean Quigg
Dr. Gale Hey- Guest Blogger A superintendent that I worked with for many years was fond of saying, “We are data rich and information poor.” That statement may resonant with you as you try to sift through all the data you receive practically on a daily basis. You are required to determine relevancy and urgency … Continue reading Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment- Dr.Gale Hey
Bambrick-Santoyo, P. (2010). Driven by data: A practical guide to improve instruction. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. (Chapter 4) Bambrick-Santoyo, P. & Peiser, B. M. (2012). Leverage leadership: A practical guide to building exceptional schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Bernhardt, V. L. (2004). Data analysis for continuous school improvement. Larchmont, NY: Eye On Education. Breidenstein, A., Fahey, … Continue reading Bibliography – Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment
As a superintendent, I found that helping people determine what data was needed to analyze the “as is” state in their school had to be an intentional process. I sometimes got the look that said, “Are you kidding me? What does THAT have to do with our school improvement efforts?” After the data was collected … Continue reading Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment – Identifying all the Pieces to the Puzzle – Dr. Jean Quigg
When you are working in a school or school system, you have to know the current or “as is” state and understand the performance gaps before you begin to engage others in the process of analyzing data and planning improvement. How do you facilitate the collection, analysis, validation, corroboration, and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data regarding the multiple factors … Continue reading Discussion Group- Standard 1-Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment
LAUNCH!™ training has provided CSD participants with a collegial and risk-free environment in which they can reflect upon their past and current practices with their peers. This experience has allowed CSD leaders to pool their collective expertise into the creation of a highly functional learning community in which creative problem solving is valued. In addition, … Continue reading Joe Austin, Director of Accountability and Assessment, City Schools of Decatur,Georgia
LAUNCH!™ was able to guide me to facilitate the school improvement process through case studies, guided support and practice using the data from the schools I serve. My learning and practice helped me transition from school administrator to effective school improvement consultant.
LAUNCH!™ taught me how to build consensus, determine responsibility and accountability, and increase my circle of influence.