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					Principles of a
Turnaround District
Mike Miles
Oct 2009
The most important
work of our time
The most important
work of our time
For many, we are
their last best hope.
What they are up
against.
Graduation rate (70%)
Graduation rate -- Hispanic (55%)
White male dropouts – jobless (34%)




 “Plight Deepens for Black Men,” Erik Eckholm, New York Times, 20 Mar 2006
Hispanic male dropouts – jobless (19%)




 “Plight Deepens for Black Men,” Erik Eckholm, New York Times, 20 Mar 2006
Black male dropouts – jobless (72%)




 “Plight Deepens for Black Men,” Erik Eckholm, New York Times, 20 Mar 2006
Black males w/o College – jobless (50%)




 “Plight Deepens for Black Men,” Erik Eckholm, New York Times, 20 Mar 2006
Black males in their 20s – incarcerated (21%)




 “Plight Deepens for Black Men,” Erik Eckholm, New York Times, 20 Mar 2006
Black males by mid 30s – incarcerated (30%)




 “Plight Deepens for Black Men,” Erik Eckholm, New York Times, 20 Mar 2006
Black male dropouts by mid 30s –
incarcerated (60%)




 “Plight Deepens for Black Men,” Erik Eckholm, New York Times, 20 Mar 2006
Monica Trujillo, Eric Anderson, Crystal Summers, Jerry Duston, Linda
Treeledge, Jose Santora, Julio Martinez, Daniel Murry, Twanda Pannell,
Jodi Papproth, Marcus Wright, Jerry Castle, Loretta Chance, Maria
Centola, Ken Murphy, Albert Gonzales, Michael Scanlan, Janelle Gibbons,
Mira Wisely, Angela Witt, John Thiel, Asfaw Tesar, Shane Pagliosa,Tim
Winterholt, Carolyn Winaski, Shatiqua Davies, Carmen Shiolapa, Judy
Easter, Arthur Doyle, Steve Eckman, Aljerene Edgell, Veronica Curtis,
Tamara Fitts, Cesar Flemas, Herbert Guild, Maria Gudino, Charlie
Gryboski, Terell Monday, Lee Grotter, Alaska Havens, Phillip Haruf, Anna
Ivey, Martina Irrera, Vivian Infante, Helen Idol, Bob Ivers, Victor Kuzman,
Manual Kalahara, Christian Kuzma, Brian Latella, Geraldine Larson,
Matthew Langan, Richard Larimore, Janette Macdowell, Ramon Macias,
Natalie Lusky, Bob Matta, Geraldine Luevano, Thomas MacDonald, Alice
Mayer, Darlene Martinez, Tammy Massa, Billy Murphy, Jennifer Mummert,
Anna Murrillo, Brook Nemchik, Laura Neilson, David Neubauer, Sharon
Oleson, David Ogle, Connie Obrien, Jerry Orosco, Martina Oliverio, Missy
Oliver, Claudia Orner, John Orlando, Hugo Pierson, Francheska Pizarro,
Terrell Pritchard, Ida Pickett, Shawanda Adams, Caleb Plasters, Edward
Palisko, Kevin Pruett, Andrea Quinata, Carlos Quintana, Lisa Quillo, Tom
Remillard, Renee Perez, Jackie Regan, Richard Reldy, Sajara Rivas, Billy
Sawyer, Joann Savala, Betty Sheets, Arthur Shane, Conswelo
Sundermann, Sharlene Sullivan, Marcos Valderez, Brett Whetstone,
Charice Wescott, Douglas Wertamore, Darrell Williams, Toniqua Yanik
Monica Trujillo, Eric Anderson, Crystal Summers, Jerry Duston, Linda
Treeledge, Jose Santora, Julio Martinez, Daniel Murry, Twanda Pannell,
Jodi Papproth, Marcus Wright, Jerry Castle, Loretta Chance, Maria
Centola, Ken Murphy, Albert Gonzales, Michael Scanlan, Janelle Gibbons,
Mira Wisely, Angela Witt, John Thiel, Asfaw Tesar, Shane Pagliosa,Tim
Winterholt, Carolyn Winaski, Shatiqua Davies, Carmen Shiolapa, Judy
Easter, Arthur Doyle, Steve Eckman, Aljerene Edgell, Veronica Curtis,
Tamara Fitts, Cesar Flemas, Herbert Guild, Maria Gudino, Charlie
Gryboski, Terell Monday, Lee Grotter, Alaska Havens, Phillip Haruf, Anna
Ivey, Martina Irrera, Vivian Infante, Helen Idol, Bob Ivers, Victor Kuzman,
Manual Kalahara, Christian Kuzma, Brian Latella, Geraldine Larson,
Matthew Langan, Richard Larimore, Janette Macdowell, Ramon Macias,
Natalie Lusky, Bob Matta, Geraldine Luevano, Thomas MacDonald, Alice
Mayer, Darlene Martinez, Tammy Massa, Billy Murphy, Jennifer Mummert,
Anna Murrillo, Brook Nemchik, Laura Neilson, David Neubauer, Sharon
Oleson, David Ogle, Connie Obrien, Jerry Orosco, Martina Oliverio, Missy
Oliver, Claudia Orner, John Orlando, Hugo Pierson, Francheska Pizarro,
Terrell Pritchard, Ida Pickett, Shawanda Adams, Caleb Plasters, Edward
Palisko, Kevin Pruett, Andrea Quinata, Carlos Quintana, Lisa Quillo, Tom
Remillard, Renee Perez, Jackie Regan, Richard Reldy, Sajara Rivas, Billy
Sawyer, Joann Savala, Betty Sheets, Arthur Shane, Conswelo
Sundermann, Sharlene Sullivan, Marcos Valderez, Brett Whetstone,
Charice Wescott, Douglas Wertamore, Darrell Williams, Toniqua Yanik
Matthew Langan, Richard Larimore, Janette Macdowell, Ramon Macias,
Natalie Lusky, Bob Matta, Geraldine Luevano, Thomas MacDonald, Alice
Mayer, Darlene Martinez, Tammy Massa, Billy Murphy, Jennifer Mummert,
Anna Murrillo, Brook Nemchik, Laura Neilson, David Neubauer, Sharon
Oleson, David Ogle, Connie Obrien, Jerry Orosco, Martina Oliverio, Missy
Oliver, Claudia Orner, John Orlando, Hugo Pierson, Francheska Pizarro,
Terrell Pritchard, Ida Pickett, Shawanda Adams, Caleb Plasters, Edward
Palisko, Kevin Pruett, Andrea Quinata, Carlos Quintana, Lisa Quillo, Tom
Remillard, Renee Perez, Jackie Regan, Richard Reldy, Sajara Rivas, Billy
Sawyer, Joann Savala, Betty Sheets, Arthur Shane, Conswelo
Sundermann, Sharlene Sullivan, Marcos Valderez, Brett Whetstone,
Charice Wescott, Douglas Wertamore, Darrell Williams, Toniqua Yanik
Missy Oliver, Claudia Orner, John Orlando, Hugo Pierson,
Francheska Pizarro, Terrell Pritchard, Ida Pickett,
Shawanda Adams, Caleb Plasters, Edward Palisko, Kevin
Pruett, Andrea Quinata, Carlos Quintana, Lisa Quillo, Tom
Remillard, Renee Perez, Jackie Regan, Richard Reldy,
Sajara Rivas, Billy Sawyer, Joann Savala, Betty Sheets,
Arthur Shane, Conswelo Sundermann, Sharlene Sullivan,
Marcos Valderez, Brett Whetstone, Charice Wescott,
Douglas Wertamore, Darrell Williams, Toniqua Yanik
They will need our
best work.
They will need our
best work.
Transformation
A transformation,
not a reform, is
needed, and time
is against us.
267.5° West


              X
Epicycle?
Earth   Planet
Earth   Planet
Epicycles?
   Programs to provide more data when the data
    one has are not being used to change instruction
   Evaluation process without instructional feedback
   Programs to help teach students or suggest
    interventions when there is not good first
    instruction
   Complex remediation or dismissal process
   Professional development without on-the-job
    coaching
   Negotiations for salary increases based on
    questionable criteria
What does it take to be a
turnaround District?
Key concepts and
operating principles
1) Put philosophy first
Harrison Philosophy
   Our main purpose is to improve student
    academic achievement.
   Effective instruction makes the most difference
    in student academic performance.
   There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.
   At risk students can achieve at the same rate as
    non-at risk students.
   Staff members must have a commitment to
    children and a commitment to the pursuit of
    excellence.
Let’s see it on
the court!
Congruence?
 All kids can learn
 We put kids first
 Effective instruction makes the most
  difference in student achievement
 Teaching is a profession; we are
  professionals
Congruence questions
   As far as you know, what are the top 3 priorities of your
    school this year?
   From your perspective, what should be the top 3
    priorities of the school?
   Review your answers to questions 7 and 8 above. Rate
    the level of congruence between the two sets of
    answers.
       Great congruence
       Mostly congruent
       Somewhat congruent
       Not very congruent
       Definitely not congruent
                 Congruence -- Example

70.00%

60.00%

50.00%
                                         Very congruent
40.00%                                   Mostly congruent
                                         Somewhat congruent
30.00%                                   Not very congruent
                                         Definitely not congruent
20.00%

10.00%

0.00%
         A   B       C      D     E
                 Feedback -- Example

70.00%

60.00%

50.00%
                                           Yes, definitely
40.00%                                     Mostly
                                           Somewhat
30.00%                                     Not very much
                                           Definitely not
20.00%

10.00%

0.00%
         A   B         C         D     E
                 Morale -- Example

50.00%
45.00%
40.00%
35.00%
                                         Very High
30.00%                                   High
25.00%                                   Average
20.00%                                   Low
                                         Very Low
15.00%
10.00%
5.00%
0.00%
         A   B         C       D     E
Three philosophy questions
 Congruence
 To what extent do you feel you have
  control over your success or failure?
 To what degree does your immediate
  supervisor understand your challenges?
Five ways to strengthen philosophy

   Individualize goals and objectives
   Empower staff
     Involve the staff in action planning
     Involve the staff in designing walkthrough form

   Make the mission statement real – what does it
    look like?
   Talk the talk and then walk the talk
   Use symbols and stories
2) Keep the quality of instruction the “main
thing”


               High Quality
               Instruction
“The top-performing school systems
recognize that the only way to improve
outcomes is to improve instruction:
learning occurs when students and
teachers interact, and thus to improve
learning implies improving the quality
of that interaction.”

  How the World’s Best-performing School Systems
  Come Out on Top, McKinsey and Company
  (2007)
“Teaching is the first and most
important element of progress.
Neither programs nor curricula nor
assessments nor administrative
mandates will replace the primacy
of teaching effectiveness as the
number one impact on student
achievement.”

  Leading Change in Your Schools, Douglas Reeves (2009).
3) Develop a culture of instructional
feedback
Replace “what gets measured,
gets done,” with “what gets
feedback, gets done better.”
Administrators have to stop
apologizing for observing instruction
and writing accurate evaluations.
Teachers have to get over being
observed numerous times and having
their performance assessed regularly.
4) Expand leadership at all levels
There is a difference between
leadership and decisionmaking.
D1 to D5 Leadership
 The urgency of the situation
 The experience level of the staff
 The maturity of the organizational
  processes
 Leadership density
Leadership is neither situational
nor based on position.
“. . . a good leader remains a good leader
regardless of the position she has or the
length of the project she directs. A good
leader does not cease being a good leader
just because the project for which she has
been responsible has ended. Similarly, a
poor leader does not suddenly become a
good leader just because they have been
promoted to a „position of leadership.‟ This is
so because leadership is something you
carry with you – inside you. It is not
something that can be bestowed.”
It is important to note that in none
of our academies do we attempt to
describe or develop good
“followership.” Instead, we attempt
to develop good leadership even
among those who follow.
Leadership is revealed through action
and therefore can be practiced.
5) Put practices over programs
6) Plan and work systemically

                     Processes




                        L

        Philosophy          Implementation
7) Differentiate evaluations based on
performance and results
8) Change the recruitment and
retention paradigms
9) Build the capacity for change

          Denial         Resistance




                          Exploration
    Confidence
                        and management



              Refocusing
            and collaboration
10) Invest in innovation
The need is great.
The challenges many . . .
They will need our
best work.
Lead well.
mmiles@hsd2.org

				
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