The HRS Leader

Region 9 High Reliability Schools-January 2018

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New Year's Resolutions

Many of us make New Year's resolutions to lose weight. We diet and exercise; we might even track our food and workouts as evidence of our work. Many of us have success. But what happens in a couple of months when we return to the way we ate and worked out before losing the weight? We gain it all back!


Something to remember came from Jan's recent sessions:

Marzano Research has developed the HRS model to provide schools with a long-term planning framework for continuous school improvement.


The HRS framework can be like a New Year's resolution to lose weight if we aren't careful to put into place key elements that allow for continual progress monitoring.


Certification, then, is a step along the way...not the end goal. As you are working on the different levels of the HRS framework, think about what you can put into place that will allow for the long-term sustainability of your efforts as well as a way to monitor those works.

Refocus with Quick Data

While New Year's resolutions may come and go, the new year is a great time to refocus our efforts. It is a great time to think about the sustainability of what your campus has done and wants to continue to do. In that effort, one of you best tools is quick data, which can come in several forms: Quick Conversations, Quick Observations, and Easy-to-Collect Quantitative Data. Take a look at some of the tools below.

Quick Conversations

Quick conversations are one way to collect quick data to support your leading indicators. An easy way to handle quick conversations is to have your leadership team take turns asking relevant questions for the level you are currently working. These conversations can be rated using a scale of excellent, adequate, or unsatisfactory. This data can be recorded and aggregated monthly. Take a look at the example from our handbook:
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Template for Quick Conversations

You'll need to be logged in to the Marzano Research site to access this template.

Quick Observations

Quick observations can easily be handled by members of the leadership team as well. The key is to create specific things for teachers to observe. For example, if you are seeking Level 1 certification, your observations might revolve around the safety and orderliness of the school. Here's an example of what that might look like (taken from our handbook):
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Template for Quick Observations

You'll need to be logged in to the Marzano Research site to access this template.

Easy-to-Collect Quantitative Data

At each level, you have access to lots of easy-to-collect quantitative data. The graphic below contains some examples you might consider. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, but it will give you a place to start.
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Instructional Rounds

Many of you are ready for Level 2 work or are just curious how other teachers are using the instructional strategies learned by your ASOT teams. Instructional rounds are a great way for teachers to observe other teachers. These can be set up within your campus or can cross campuses. However you would like to do it, we can help!


If you are interested in participating in instructional rounds but need help with facilitation, please let us know. You can use the menu at the end of the newsletter to request help or send your R9 support staff an email.


Below you will find an article about instructional rounds as well as a template you could use during the observations.

Your Next Sessions

Cohort 2 Next Session

Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 9am

301 Texas 11 Loop

Wichita Falls, TX

Session #273363 will continue work in Level 3.

Cohort 3 Next Session

Thursday, March 1st, 9am

301 Texas 11 Loop

Wichita Falls, TX

Session #274528 will discuss coaching classroom instruction as part of Level 2.