PROCESS FOR CREATING MORE EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS
(An Overview)


An Overview
Board, District, School and Classroom Components
Detailed Description
Implementaton of Standards


Purposes

The More Effective Schools Process is designed to:

  • Improve achievement school-wide in all content areas.
  • Ensure every student meets or exceeds state and local performance standards defining student success.
  • Maintain, or improve the proportion of students demonstrating excellent performance.
  • Promote local initiative.
  • Empower people at all levels of the system.
  • Enable schools to change their culture (the way things are done, or not done) consistent with effective schools research, change research, and successful practice.

Characteristics of Process

Focus on Clear Mission and High Expectations
A district-wide leadership team is trained and facilitated in the development of policy concerning school and student expectations, annual reporting requirements, and effective schools processes. Training and facilitation is also provided for district-wide committees to translate state standards into grade and course level standards for classroom alignment and implementation.
Leadership
School improvement is data-driven and research-based. A multi-role school improvement team is trained to problem solve and plan using data analysis and research. The team provides shared leadership and manages the schools' planning, implementation and change processes.
Relationships
The school improvement team collaboratively develops a school improvement plan that is first approved by faculty then implemented with varying levels of staff, student and parent participation.
Opportunity
Professional development is provided where new knowledge, skills or understandings are required to reach district expectations & standards.
Environment
To create change and successfully sustain school improvement, the local capacity for leadership is developed and provided with support and encouragement.
Monitoring
The district office annually publishes a report regarding progress made in each building toward improving student learning and instilling the characteristics of effective schools. Quality is measured.

The First Step

There are as many ways of starting the More Effective Schools process as there are districts! We begin where districts and schools are, then fit the MES process to the school system. This usually requires a local awareness of the effective schools research and processes among key leadership groups, followed by a pre-planning session with the superintendent and other district representatives. Depending on a district's needs, an outline of the MES process is developed & tailored to the district. This outline addresses district and school training components, and options for local development & implementation of standards.


PROCESS FOR CREATING MORE EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS.

An Overview
Board, District, School and Classroom Components
Detailed Description
Implementaton of Standards

PERSONS INVOLVED.

IT'S WORKING FOR OTHERS! (Testimonials)

MORE EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS (MES) PROCESS IS WINNING AWARDS.
(Validation Credentials)

 


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