The HRS Leader

Region 9 High Reliability Schools-October 2017

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Session Recaps

Cohort 2 and Cohort 3 Leaders met this week to continue the work of High Reliability Schools! In those sessions, we touched on a lot of the key components for HRS leaders and campuses.

Cohort 2 focused on academic vocabulary and a deep dive into Level 3. Take a look below for more information and resources for the vocabulary piece.

Cohort 3 dug deeper into Level 1 by taking a look at each indicator and how it is in place on their campuses already. They also discussed the initial surveys used to create action plans once data has been collected. Take a look below for ideas and templates for collecting quick data.

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Level 1


Surveys have opened for Cohort 3. These surveys need to be completed by October 20. We highly recommend that all schools complete the administrators and teacher/staff surveys through the Marzano links. The student and family/parent surveys can be completed using the Marzano links or you can create, administer and analyze the data using another system such as Survey Monkey or Google Forms.

Level 2


If you are working toward Level 2 certification, one of the key components is a clear vision and framework for instruction. While The Art and Science of Teaching can be your framework, many schools create a document showing how it fits with other initiatives on your campus, such as Fundamental Five.

Level 3


Moving into Level 3 work, a key piece is a comprehensive vocabulary system consisting of identified Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 words.

For more information about Marzano's Six-Steps for Vocabulary Instruction, click here.

Below you will find a graphic outlining the six steps. Below that, you will see a video showing how Marzano's Six-Steps for Vocabulary Instruction can be used to teach Tier 2 words.

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Tier Two Vocabulary Instruction: Using Marzano’s Six-Step Process to Advance the Delivery of Vocabulary Instruction
Vocabulary Resources

One school district's tools for vocabulary instruction

All Levels: Quick Data

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 have to log 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 Data

You will have to log on 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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Cohort 2 Next Session

Wednesday, Nov. 8th, 9am

301 Texas 11 Loop

Wichita Falls, TX

Session #273360 will include a review of data from surveys and time to action plan.

Cohort 3 Next Session

Thursday, Nov. 9th, 9am

301 Texas 11 Loop

Wichita Falls, TX

Session #274526 will include action planning based on Level 1 surveys and a deep dive into Level 2, as well as an introduction to proficiency scales.