Aligning School Districts as PLCs

Aligning School Districts as PLCs

by Mark Van Clay, Perry Soldwedel

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Overview

In order for a professional learning community to achieve its full potential, all levels districtwide must align with the three big ideas: ensuring a focus on learning, building a collaborative culture, and establishing a results orientation. This book breaks down the complex process of aligning the work of central office staff, building leadership, and teachers to increase student achievement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935543411
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
Publication date: 06/02/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 104
File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

About the Authors xi

Foreword xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Case for Districtwide Alignment 5

It's Not Easy 6

The Three Big Ideas 9

Ensuring that All Students Learn 9

Building a Collaborative Culture 9

Establishing a Focus on Results 10

Conclusion 10

Chapter 2 Alignment's Essential Components 11

Defining District Roles 11

The Three Roles 11

Role Bridges 12

The Cascading Effect 13

Communicating Through Data 14

Collecting Formative and Summative Assessments 17

Data Comparisons 18

Audience-Based Data 18

Role-Based Reporting of Data 20

Applying Loose and Tight Leadership 24

Reciprocal Accountability 25

Role Expertise 26

Commitment to the Big Ideas 26

Applying the Alignment Constants 27

Conclusion 28

Chapter 3 Aligning to a Focus on Learning 29

The Strategic Role 29

The Tactical Role 30

The Operational Role 30

Non-Negotiables for Ensuring a Focus on Learning 30

A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum 30

A Balanced and Coherent System of Assessment 34

A Schoolwide Pyramid of Interventions 39

Alignment Constants 44

Strategic Responsibilities 44

Tactical Responsibilities 48

Operational Responsibilities 48

Case Study for a Focus on Learning 49

Deconstructing the Story: What Went Right 51

Deconstructing the Story: What Went Wrong 53

Summary 57

Conclusion 57

Chapter 4 Aligning to a Collaborative Culture 59

The Strategic Role 59

The Tactical Role 60

The Operational Role 61

Non-Negotiables for Building a Collaborative Culture 61

Shared Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals 62

High-Performing Collaborative Teams 66

Creating Intentional Collaboration 71

Alignment Constants 77

Case Study for Building a Collaborative Culture 83

Deconstructing the Story: What Went Right 84

Deconstructing the Story: What Went Wrong 86

Summary 89

Conclusion 89

Chapter 5 Aligning to a Results Orientation 91

The Strategic Role 91

The Tactical Role 92

The Operational Role 93

Non-Negotiables for Establishing a Results Orientation 93

Establishing a Data Mindset 93

Data Management, Collection, and Analysis 103

Data-Based Action to Improve Results 108

Alignment Constants 110

Case Study for Establishing a Results Orientation 116

Deconstructing the Story: What Went Right 118

Deconstructing the Story: What Went Wrong 119

Summary 124

Conclusion 124

Chapter 6 An Alternative to Dead Reckoning: Assessing PLC Alignment 125

Why Alignment Appraisal Tools? 125

The Big Idea Assessment Instrument-Appraisal Tool 1 126

The Alignment Constants Instrument-Appraisal Tool 2 130

Conclusion 131

Epilogue 133

Appendix: Big Idea Self-Assessments 135

Self-Assessment for a Focus on Learning 136

Self-Assessment for Building a Collaborative Culture 139

Self-Assessment for a Results Orientation 142

References and Resources 145

Index 149

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