Third webinar in the series – the turnaround story of Brockton High with Sue Szachowitcz
Watch the earlier webinars from this series, free, at https://saanys.org/professional-learning/lift-ny-virtual-learning-series/
Plan Effective Professional Learning Opportunities Focused on Instruction
Improving student achievement is not about the students; it is about the adults. Harvard professor Ronald Ferguson said about the Model School, Brockton High School, “The main lesson was that student achievement rose when leadership teams focused thoughtfully and relentlessly on improving the quality of instruction.” This webinar will demonstrate how an important skill measured on state tests can be modeled for all faculty, who will then teach the skill to their students. Developing an implementation methodology, (i.e. Writing Calendar, Rigor/Relevance Calendar), and communicating the implementation plan to staff will be discussed. Strategies to engage staff in the development and delivery of professional learning and using faculty meetings to provide professional learning opportunities will be shared.
Monitoring Implementation Progress
Determining how the implementation plan will be monitored for both the students and the teachers is key to school improvement. Ensuring that all teachers implement the plan with fidelity, holding all teachers accountable, collecting evidence, and providing structured opportunities for teachers to compare and discuss student work are essential ingredients to monitoring a school wide initiative