September 19, 2014
Let's talk CULTURE!
I would like to personally thank each of you for the conversation today revolving around school culture. Everyone one of you demonstrated how a positive culture influences your building. I challenge you to build upon that and take the next few weeks to assess your school, your staff, and yourself using the culture rubric we explored today. Bottom line...a positive school culture is the key to improved student achievement and student learning!
Special S/O to Principal Starr
Caleb Starr did a great job helping the team analyze the OU Climate Survey
I didn't know that Carver and Thoreau were that close
Mr. Chiza is deep in thought
It's exciting to see AP's join the conversation
Dress for Success Wednesdays at Monroe...what a great way to promote school culture!
CULTURE TIP #1: We Went To College, You Can Too!
CULTURE TIP #2: WOW Notebook!
Start your own "Wow! Notebook" -- a morale booster! When a staff member receives the notebook, they read the wonderful message that someone wrote for them. They, in turn, write a note to another staff member to encourage, give a boost, or to just say how much they are appreciated. At the bottom of the page they write, "Don't forget to pass it on....."
CULTURE TIP #3: Buy Jason Dorsey's Book - 50 Ways to Improve Schools for Under $50
Culture documents for your reference
2. Continue analyzing test data from previous year; disaggregate for various subgroups and identify which areas or standards need more emphasis.
3. Review teacher evaluation data to identify individual areas of concern and any trends that need attention: communicate to appropriate staff...thank you Dr. Johnson!
Are your asking these questions during your leadership team meetings or PLC meetings?
2. What are we doing well? How can we amplify our successes?
3. Who isn't learning? Who aren't we serving? What aren't they learning?
4. What in our practice could be causing that? How can we be sure?
5. What can we do to improve?
6. How do we know if it worked?
7. What do we do if the students don't learn?