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  1. 1. Our Data Wise Journey Thomas Claggett Elementary School 2014-2015 School Year April 2015 Submission Update May 2015 Presentation Prepared by: Michelle Jefferson-Lambert, Assistant Principal
  2. 2. Leadership Team Members Jeanetta Rainey, Principal Michelle Lambert, Assistant Principal Otis Dupree, Instructional Lead Teacher / Data Manager Sharon Topper, Reading Specialist December 2014 Updated: May 2015 Our Data Wise Journey August 2014 June 2015 Presentation Prepared by: Michelle Jefferson-Lambert, Assistant principal
  3. 3. Here is our Journey through Data Wise Thomas Claggett Elementary School is a model comprehensive; Title 1 designated school, located in District Heights, Maryland. The school also has infants and toddlers in its Deaf and Hard of Hearing program. In addition, we have other special education and Head Start students. All of our staff and faculty work together to service 251 students. The staff is dedicated to providing a safe community for learners that utilizes teamwork, academic rigor, a strong work ethic and good customer service to provide a quality educational program to students to enable them to become life-long learners and good citizens. Our mascot is an Eagle. Each wing symbolizes one of two focuses - academic excellence and strong character. Intro.
  4. 4. Our challenge, similar to schools across the nation, has been figuring out how to use student performance data for instructional decision making that will help drive and improve classroom instruction to increase student learning. It has been a challenge to increase student achievement at TCES, and supporting a novice staff will be critical to our success. As we continue to build instructional capacity as a staff, we noticed inconsistent practices with lesson preparation and implementation. To combat that challenge we have developed a consistent schedule for planning and we are incorporating the professional development from the the MSDE Literacy Partnership into our regular planning and monitoring of instruction. We were also presented with an even greater challenge this year as TCES will sunset in its 44th year of service this June, as the school is slated to close. Maintaining a structured learning environment focused on student achievement while strategically planning for a smooth transition in closing with our students, staff, parents and community are paramount to us. The systems commitment to continuous improvement became a cornerstone for our mantra, that this year is "THE YEAR OF PERFORMANCE!" We would strive to increase literacy to move our students closer to becoming college and career ready using performance management and system accountability. Intro.
  5. 5. Prepare: Step 1 Organize for Collaborative Work 1.1 Adopting an improvement Process 1.2 Building a system of teams 1.3 Make Time for Collaborative Work 1.4 Set Expectations for Effective Meetings 1.5 Set Norms for Collaborative Work 1.6 Acknowledge Work Style Preferences 1.7 Create a Data Inventory 1.8 Create an Inventory of Instructional Initiatives Step 1
  6. 6. The Data Wise Improvement Process Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning became the vehicle that would help us reach our destination. And so our journey began 1.1 Adopting an Improvement Process
  7. 7. Progress Timeline: Organize for Collaborative Work AUGUST /SEPTEMBER Introduced the Data Wise Process ILTs Began Team Building Established teams Established time for Collaborative including setting expectations Discussed the Importance of Meeting Norms Discovered our Work Preferences Created a Data Inventory and Inventory of Instructional Initiatives OCTOBER Assigned assistance from C&I to begin refining practice In-Serviced staff on Planning for Collaborative Work Used data review protocol to write SLOs Refined Planning Schedules NOVEMBER - Developing Reset purpose of the leadership team after Professional Development with C&I Rep and survey Re-established norms with Leadership Team Re-established norms with staff for consistent use DECEMBER - MAY Revised data Included 2 data days Planned how theyd move students Assessments to move students Collaborative Planning Teachers revised SLO & benchmark data Collaborative Work Completed Priority Question Continued to refine practice in collaboration and assessment literacy 1.1
  8. 8. OUR PROCESS: Adopting an Improvement Process Our Instructional Lead Teacher (ILT) introduced the staff to the Data Wise Improvement Process in August during teacher's pre-service days along with several other key initiatives. These initiatives would be refined in our practice throughout the year. Data Wise is an inquiry cycle that breaks the work into very specific steps grounded in data-based improvement cycles with a very strong emphasis on collaboration, analysis and instructional practice. As a priority school we are also fortunate to have guidance and support from our OCSI Specialist Dr. Anthony Sims to assist our leadership team with understanding the Data Wise process. The next slide shows our progress since August followed by evidence of practice. 1.1
  9. 9. Our goal in building a system of teams is to have a cohesive instructional guidance system, in which the curriculum, study materials, pedagogical strategies, and assessments are coordinated within and across grades with meaningful teacher input. Prior to becoming more Data Wise, we had established team structures, however the process is helping us to focus on sustaining the fidelity of how our teams function. As our school is closing, a strong system of teams is critical to our success. As the school year continues and we move closer to closing the impact on all our stakeholders becomes more evident. The SIG III grant provides us with resources to increase our partnership with parents, teachers, community and staff. A strong team structure allows us to work together and stay focused on our #1 priority, the students at Thomas Claggett Elementary. Take a look at our evidence of practice. 1.2 OUR PROCESS: Building a System of Teams Teams set up the flow of how information is communicated and how decisions are made. JR
  10. 10. Building a System of Teams 1. Structure of Teams 2. Changes on the Leadership Team 3. Roles and Responsibilities 4. School Planning and Management Team (SPMT) 5. Team Building Activities 6. Our Initial Teamwork 7. Grade Level Teams Parent Outreach 8. Team Communication Structure 1.2
  11. 11. Building a Strong System of Teams Evidence 1: Our Team Structure Jeanetta Rainey, Principal sonMichelle Jeffer -Lambert AssistantPrincipal ate TeamIntermedi Justin Batchelor, Team Leader Teresa McBayne Rachael Wallace Donna West Specialist Otis Dupree, Instructional Lead Teacher Angela Dye , SPED Resource Arnor Galang, Media Specialist Celitta Jackson, Professional School Counselor Jason Potts,Physical Education Teacher Jannell Randall, Vocal & General Music Sharon Topper, Reading Specialist Michelle Ukoh, SPED Resource Primary K- Team1 Jessica Gann, Team Leader Denese Anderson Traci Cummings Chrsitie Ekumah Primary 2-3Team Charise Plater, Team Leader Nadine Dewitt Takia Toomer Early Childhood Donna Cain, Team Leader Melissa Alfano Gwynne Bricke Amy Holley Leadership Team Jeanetta Rainey Michelle Lambert Otis Dupree Sharon Topper Our teams function as separate units to ensure differentiation of teaching and learning for staff and students. Additionally, each team plans and supports the organizational management of the school in a way that aids us in maintaining order and structure. Our leadership team was reduced from 7 members to 4 in November. See the next slide to see how this shift affected our journey. 1.2 Michelle Jaundoo, Reading Specialist Angela Dye, Special education Coordinator Celita Jackson, Counselor Former members of the Leadership Team
  12. 12. Building a Strong System of Teams Evidence 2: Changes on the Leadership Team1.2 In November, our leadership team reduced in number from 7 to 4. One member tendered her resignation for personal reasons and two others opted asked to be released from the team. The survey taken by the members during the forming stage of our membership revealed that the two members felt their role was unimportant to the process, one being a counselor and the other a special education coordinator. Their absence increased the number of planning meetings we have in that administrators must meet with them individually to ensure information is shared. () Complete buy-in will take time.
  13. 13. Build a Strong System of Teams Evidence 3: Roles and Responsibilities Leadership Team Honors collaborative work by creating time to meet, listening to input, and providing support. Additionally, this team identifies data to analyze, creates data overview for staff, listens to input, and provides support Grade Level Team Plans collaboratively to ensure consistency in consistency in instructional practice including analyzing student data. This team also meets to discuss and make decisions about students area of growth and to make recommendations for referrals, plans for events for students. Specialist Team The persons on this team are members of the SPMT and/or leadership team. 1.2
  14. 14. Build a Strong System of Teams Evidence 4: School Planning and Management Team (SPMT) Leadership Team Members Otis Dupree Jeanetta Rainey Michelle Lambert Sharon Topper Specialist Otis Dupree, Instructional Lead Teacher Angela Dye , SPED Resource Arnor Galang, Media Specialist Celitta Jackson, Professional School Counselor Jason Potts, Physical Education Teacher Jannell Randall, Vocal & General Music Sharon Topper, Reading Specialist Michelle Ukoh, SPED Resource Grade-Level Teams Members K 1: Jessica Gann 2 3: Charese Plater 4 6: Justine Batchelor All school activities are coordinated by the SPMT. The SPMT, is compose