School Improvement by qingyunliuliu

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									School Improvement
An Elementary Perspective
From South Heights Elementary
Where we were…

   Negative culture
   Low community expectations
   Bottom 20 of all elementary schools in
    the state of KY
Where we are now…
   50 points of continual
    academic growth
   Incredibly positive culture
   High community
    expectations
   National demonstration site
   National School Change
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How did we get there?

    Our improvement process is based
     on four pillars:
1.   Relationships
2.   Commitment
3.   Belief
4.   Wonder and tradition
1. Relationships

•   Home visitation blitz
•   Positive phone calls
•   Admiral’s club
•   Attendance at outside of school events
•   Middle school postcards
•   High school yearbook ad
•   College scholarship
•   Report cards on the bus
2. Commitment

   TOC program
   Breakfast in classrooms
   Volunteer tutoring
   Candle sales
   School remodel
   Non-standard job descriptions
   Hard Work Café
3. Belief
   Inspiration hall
   School goals: We can do 62,
    We will be 73, 78 will be great,
    We will soar to 84, 87 will be
    Heaven, 91 here we come
   We Succeed Weekly
   Inspirational movies (Miracle,
    Glory Road, Rudy, Invincible)
   Staff awards
   Gym banners
   Mission statement
   Staff shirts
   Staff role in success
   Dog tags
   College Tours
4. Wonder and Tradition
(August to July)
   Announcement of scores
   Principal stunt
   5th grade trip to Frankfort
   Proficient distinguished dinner
   Hot chocolate
   Polar Express
   Build-a-Bear
   Christmas Parade
   Annual snowball throw
    Spring scrimmage barbeque
   May Fun Days
   Summer Retreat
   Home Visitation Blitz
   Back To School Fiesta
Within the Four Pillars
are…
   Academic innovation
   School safety and discipline
   Organizational leadership
   Evaluation of processes
Academic Innovation
   Project CHILD
   RTI intervention
    process
   Intensive reading
    cluster
   Reading Lab
   Math Lab
   Kindergarten blitz
   HWC planning
   Staff meetings no
    more…
School Safety and
Discipline
   KIDS Project
   Foundations and CHAMPS
   Staff Handbook
   New positions
   ACE room
   Structured behavior classroom
   Monthly data meetings
   Safety procedures guide
   Practice all drills monthly
Organizational
Leadership
   Committee structure/tasks
   Guiding coalition
   Leadership team
   Creative team
   Triangulated leadership model
   Sponsor leadership growth
Evaluation of Processes

   MAP testing (3x per year)
   Learning checks (every 2 weeks)
   Open response plan (HWC)
   Writing specialists monthly planning
   Staff surveys (principal, cafeteria,
    custodial, FRC, library, front office,
    and behavior)
Ideas Not Mentioned
Before…
   Teacher recruitment
   Flu season
   Meet and eat
   Lottery tickets
   Ugly sweater contest
   Kids/teacher power point
   Video Christmas card
   Involve staff families
   Super Tutors
Ideas Come From…
   Your people…all are creative or married to someone
    with a talent or skill. Let them do what they enjoy!
   Fraternity
   Sports
   Movies
   Business
   Slogans, commercials, ad campaigns
   News
   Music
   Borders
   Read all the time
Nothing great has ever been
achieved except by those
who dared to believe
something inside of them was
superior to circumstances

								
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