School overview We will be a reward school by 2015 and say we did it together! Federally funded school improvement grant -Building Operations Manager -Family & Community Liaison -Special Education Instructor -Continuous Improvement Specialist -Mental Health Practitioner -Math Interventionist -Science Specialist -Stipends for curriculum development and Professional Development Focus Rating 2010 (15.08%) Focus Rating 2011 (18.34%) Focus Rating 2012 (7.03%) Focus Rating 2013 (96.52%) Approaches to closing the achievement gap. -Increased learning time -High expectations for all -Quickly meeting student need to resource -Alignment of the adults in the building in language and behaviors (standards and norms) -There are 7 days in a week, and SOMEDAY isn’t one of them. (Creating a sense of urgency). MMR 2010 (4.78%) MMR 2011(8.78%) MMR 2012 (3.49%) MMR 2013 (64.9%) Change is the end result of all true learning--Leo Buscaglia Intentionality -Expectations, expectations, expectations -Empowering the adults w/in the school - Teaming and collaboration -Developing people (Take fear out of the system) -Laser focus on results -Professional development -Listening (people side of change) -Can do spirit and empowering students, families and staff -We will not settle for the status quo. What does the staff have to say? 12Q Gallop Poll Do you know what is expected of you at work? At work, do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Practice Profiles: Job embedded professional development Act Plan Adjust practice to align with feedback Present instructional strategy at a staff meeting Model instructional strategy Plan a lesson together as a Professional Learning Community Study Do Observe and reflect upon chosen instructional strategy Apply instructional strategy during lesson Do you have the materials and equipment to do your work right? In the last seven days, have you received recognition for doing good work? Does your supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about you as a person? Is there someone at work who encourages your development? Does the mission/purpose of your company make you feel your job is important? At work, do your opinions seems to count? Why opinions matter... Staff survey results informed decision making and became the foundation for our school improvement plan (SIP) The goal of school turnaround should be this: “move educators beyond and through complexity to find not simplistic solutions, but elegant simplicity.”--Ann Conzemious More Than A Smart Goal What does elegant simplicity look like? A. Time to collaborate B. Use data to inform instruction C. Professional development D. Get student/adult behavior under control so A, B, and C get done Are your associates (fellow employees) committed to doing quality work? Do you have a best friend at work? In the last year, have you had opportunities to learn and grow? In the last six months, has someone at work talked to you about your progress? Developing our Team Evaluation Coaching Unconscious competence Unconscious incompetence Conscious incompetence Conscious competence Facilitation of employee thinking and learning through questioning Identify behavior Label behavior Cognitive Planning of dissonance future creates behaviors ownership of behavior Questioning Leads to Change Accountability with evaluation and coaching to close the loop Laura MacArthur Organization Chart MDE (NE COE) ISD 709 Principal DATA COACH BOM Continuous Improvement Specialist (CIS) Leadership Team Family and Community Liaison Paraprofessional PLC Reports to Behavior Team Certified Staff / Support Staff PLC PLC PLC Collaborate PLC Intervention Team PLC Coordinate / Support Challenges -Time -Turning around a school is difficult work -Scheduling to be within contract language -Communicating information to all staff to ensure fidelity of implementation -Keeping employee engagement high while managing so much change Family Engagement -Meeting families where they are at -Monthly Peacemaker assemblies -Family nights with a focus on building-wide goals -Student goal setting -School communication daily, weekly monthly -If positive changes are happening at home, families will see the benefit to what we are doing at school and partner with us Community Partnerships will do what others won’t; so tomorrow, I can Americorp, Reading Corp, Math Corp Valley Youth Center Community Action Duluth United Way Men as Peacemakers YWCA Local universities Children’s Dental Services Harbor Town Rotary West Duluth Business Club Northwood Children’s Home A healthy West Duluth starts with Laura MacArthur Elementary School! Thoughtful, strategic, and efficient use of funding can greatly impact student achievement.