PROCESS FOR CREATING MORE EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS
Board, District, School and Classroom Components
Implementaton of Standards
The More Effective Schools Process is designed
- Improve achievement school-wide in all
- Ensure every student meets or exceeds state and
local performance standards defining student success.
- Maintain, or improve the proportion of students
demonstrating excellent performance.
- Promote local initiative.
- Empower people at all levels of the system.
- Enable schools to change their culture
(the way things are done, or not done) consistent with effective schools
research, change research, and successful practice.
Characteristics of Process
- Focus on Clear Mission and High Expectations
- A district-wide leadership team is trained and
facilitated in the development of policy concerning school and student
expectations, annual reporting requirements, and effective schools processes.
Training and facilitation is also provided for district-wide committees
to translate state standards into grade and course level standards for
classroom alignment and implementation.
- School improvement is data-driven and research-based.
A multi-role school improvement team is trained to problem solve and plan
using data analysis and research. The team provides shared leadership and
manages the schools' planning, implementation and change processes.
- The school improvement team collaboratively develops
a school improvement plan that is first approved by faculty then implemented
with varying levels of staff, student and parent participation.
- Professional development is provided where new
knowledge, skills or understandings are required to reach district expectations
- To create change and successfully sustain school
improvement, the local capacity for leadership is developed and provided
with support and encouragement.
- The district office annually publishes a report
regarding progress made in each building toward improving student learning
and instilling the characteristics of effective schools. Quality is measured.
The First Step
There are as many ways of starting the More Effective
Schools process as there are districts! We begin where districts and schools
are, then fit the MES process to the school system. This usually requires
a local awareness of the effective schools research and processes among
key leadership groups, followed by a pre-planning session with the superintendent
and other district representatives. Depending on a district's needs, an
outline of the MES process is developed & tailored to the district.
This outline addresses district and school training components, and options
for local development & implementation of standards.