The SISForum is a professional home for school improvement facilitators and others who are committed to guiding systemic, sustainable improvement in education. The Forum connects you with peers to share ideas and strategies, share your expertise, borrow ideas, and share tools and wisdom. The SISForum will include blogs, articles, experiences of school improvement facilitators, and discussion groups. Each month one of the national Certified School Improvement Standards will be featured. There is also a resource page that will have a bibliography of books related to the featured standard. We hope that you will use the SISForum as an avenue to learn more about the national school improvement standards and the work of CSIS specialists and practitioners around the country. School improvement is a process, not an event, and improvement is our common goal. Follow and respond to our blogs. We want to hear about your work related to each standard featured.

 

Standard 3- Focus on Systemic Factors-The Big Picture by Dr. Jean Quigg

            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

Maximizing ESSA’s 7-Percent Set-Aside for School Improvement by Carlas McCauley

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

Standard 2: Facilitate Deriving Meaning and Engagement by Ron Hurley, Kentucky Executive Coach

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

Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgement 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

Standard 2- Facilitating Deriving Meaning and Engagement- The Child in All of Us- Dr. Jean Quigg

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

Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment- Dr.Gale Hey

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

Bibliography – Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment

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

Discussion Group- Earn Micro-Credentials Virtually

Verifiable digital badges, micro-credentials,  provide evidence that individuals have pursued professional development with commitment to improving their practice. Micro-credentials allow educators to differentiate their value and expertise while remaining within their current role. Digital badges show pursuit of proficiency that sets their owners apart when applying for jobs and promotions. The Institute for Performance Improvement … Continue reading Discussion Group- Earn Micro-Credentials Virtually

Standard 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment – Identifying all the Pieces to the Puzzle – Dr. Jean Quigg

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

Discussion Group- Standard 1-Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment

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

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