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On the Right Track But is this train moving? Can we really leave no child behind? All children deserve a quality education All children deserve to reach their potential At the core of NCLB is a reminder of the moral imperative that has existed but been ignored Sanger Unified at a Glance Enrollment 10,371 77% free and reduced lunch 83% minority enrollment 49% of parents do not speak English as primary language 24% English Learners 14% Reclassified Fluent English Students (RFEP) 28% of Parents not High School Graduates District Achievement API 2002 District 599 Centerville 675 Del Rey 532 Fairmont 677 Jackson 624 John Wash 744 Lincoln 536 Lone Star 643 Madison 644 Quail Lake 756 SACS 721 Wilson 533 WAMS 549 Sanger High 592 Sanger Unified and NCLB 2004 Sanger Unified was one of the first Districts/LEAs in the State to be named Program Improvement Five schools also in Program Improvement status 2006 Sanger Unified was one of first Districts in State to exit PI status 2008 four of five PI schools have exited PI status, three schools exit at PI 4 District Achievement API 2002 API 2008 District 599 778 Centerville 675 839 Del Rey 532 753 Fairmont 677 810 Jackson 624 845 John Wash 744 862 Lincoln 536 766 Lone Star 643 817 Madison 644 808 Quail Lake 756 925 SACS 721 865 Wilson 533 763 WAMS 549 740 Sanger High 592 750 How Does This Happen? A Systems View Structure Strategy Operations Information Relationships Identity Connections Three Guiding Principles Hope is not a strategy. Don’t blame the kids. It is not about teaching, it is about student learning. Change Culture Move from focus on adults to focus on kids Themes to Build Focus Fish Care Enough to Make a Difference! When you Believe it You will see it! Every Child, Every Day, Whatever it Takes! Together we Can Change the Practice We must….. become data driven put a face to the numbers have high expectations for all learners increase student engagement work together Principals must become Instructional Leaders Professional Learning Communities Teams of teachers working together to meet the needs of their children Professional Learning Communities Focus on 4 key questions What do we want our students to learn? How will we know they have learned it? How will we respond when learning does not take place? How will we respond when learning has already occurred? Structure Time created for weekly PLC meetings. Strategy Operations “Essential” standards set at Grade level performance all grade levels. assessments calendared for school year. PLC effort creates sustainability Information Teachers collaborate frequently and meaningfully Relationships to discuss best practices Identity Teachers plan as a team to Grade level refers to “our” ensure support to one students’ achievement and another learning Change Communication Confront reality Be brutally honest Focus conversations on “What’s best for our kids.” Celebrate success, 30 second celebrations Do more than communicate, you must take action! What can Happen? What We’ve Learned You must change the focus from the needs of adults to the educational needs of children. Educational excellence is expensive. It requires targeted use and commitment of all available resources. You must develop a crystal clear vision focused on student learning. Competent and informed instructional leadership at the school site level is critical to improving student achievement. What We’ve Learned Reliable and valid student achievement data collected on a regular basis is essential to informing and guiding instructional and district decisions. You must have a willingness to confront deficiencies. No one of us is as good as all of us. Collaborative teams are much more effective than individuals working in isolation. Every child, every day must know that there is an adult who cares about them and believes in them. And above all…. You must have courage.
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