Instructional Leadership



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Instructional Leadership:

  • Planning
  • Rigorous Curriculum
  • (What is Rigorous Curriculum?)

Welcome

  • Name of Superintendent
    • Welcome
    • Why Important

Name of Facilitator

  • Name of Facilitator
    • Overview / Agenda
    • Enduring Understandings
    • Guiding Questions
    • Targeted Objectives
    • Introductions
  • Overview & Introductions

Proposed Norms & Expectations

  • Stay focused and fully engaged
    • no competing conversations please
  • Participate to grow
  • Be a learner
    • create your own meaning and application
  • Get your needs met
    • ask questions that benefit the group
    • personal questions on breaks
  • Housekeeping
    • silence cell phones
    • handle business later
    • share ONE point …then next person

Instructional Leadership

  • Core Component is Managed through Key Processes

Plan curriculum to maximize student opportunity to learn essential knowledge and skills.

  • Plan curriculum to maximize student opportunity to learn essential knowledge and skills.
  • Develop a rigorous curriculum for all students.
  • Develop a rigorous curriculum for students with special needs.
  • Plan access to rigorous curricula for students with special needs.
  • Develop an understanding that a rigorous curriculum is a vital component of a school’s vision in order to assure and promote high levels of student achievement and success.

By the end of the workshop you will develop an action plan focused on applying the Research-Based Critical Behaviors

  • By the end of the workshop you will develop an action plan focused on applying the Research-Based Critical Behaviors
  • In the column labeled “Current Reality”
    • Rate yourself on a scale of 1-5
        • 5 = highly effective
        • 3 = effective
        • 1 = ineffective
    • Describe the evidence that supports your application of this concept
  • Action Plan
  • What is Rigorous Curriculum?
  • Segment Guiding Questions
  • Write down what rigor means to you.
  • What does the phrase “rigorous curriculum mean to you?
  • Talk in your table groups about the challenges you face in your school in regards to rigor.
  • Surfacing Prior Knowledge Rigorous Curriculum-What Is It?

Comparing Rigor Definitions

  • Review rigor definitions in Handout: Defining Rigor
  • Compare YOUR key words to those in the handout.
  • What challenges could arise from such diverse views/definitions of rigor?
  • Handout: Defining Rigor

Stumbling Blocks to Rigor

Read: Using a Cognitive Rigor Matrix to…

  • Read: Using a Cognitive Rigor Matrix to…
    • Individually, use Close Reading strategy:
  •  I know this
  •  Significant idea (post-it note too)
  • ? Question / I’d like to know more
  • Creating The Pathway

Planning Rigorous Curricula

  • Based on your reading (discuss by table/school team):
  • How can a consistent definition of rigor contribute to more rigorous curriculum?
  • How can Cognitive Rigor Matrix contribute to…
    • more rigorous curriculum?
    • more rigorous assessments?
    • more rigorous instruction?
  • What do you need to do in your school to increase rigor (including overcome obstacles)?

School Improvement: Rigor

  • Study
    • What is our definition of rigor?
  • Reflect
    • What is our current level of rigor in each subject area?
  • Plan
    • What are our next steps?
  • Do
    • Who, What, When

How is Rigor Increased?

  • Handout: How is Rigor Increased?
  • Raise Level of Content
  • Increase Complexity
  • Give appropriate support and guidance
  • Open your focus
  • Raise Expectations
  • Rigor is NOT a Four Letter Word
  • Barbara R. Blackburn, Winthrop University
  • www.barbarablackburnonline.com
  • www.eyeoneducaton.com

Building Academic Vocabulary

    • Building Academic Vocabulary
    • Writing – varied types/levels of writing, journals, writing across the curriculum
    • Problem-solving – case studies, challenge problems, essay exams
    • Oral Communication – debates, role playing, summary presentations
    • Collaborative Projects – explore, research, & solve complex problems
    • Motivation & Engagement are required for rigor
    • Time & opportunity to navigate sophisticated and reflective learning experiences
  • Student Activities that Build Rigor:

Providing PD to ensure staff understand and apply Bloom’s taxonomy within lesson design

    • Providing PD to ensure staff understand and apply Bloom’s taxonomy within lesson design
      • PLC focused on instruction & results
    • Completing a “Curriculum Audit” (assessment of curriculum document existence & quality)
      • Clearly defined standards/expectations
    • Engaging teachers in Curriculum Mapping
      • Identifying critical topics, skills, etc per grade
      • Analyzing vertical alignment and/or overlap
    • Utilizing “action research” strategies
    • Focusing on student results
      • Regular monitoring of progress
  • Teacher Activities that Build Rigor:

Frequent supervision focused on raising the rigor of curriculum and improving instruction

    • Frequent supervision focused on raising the rigor of curriculum and improving instruction
      • Observe classroom curriculum & instruction
      • Examine student work samples
    • Ensure teachers receive on-site and/or embedded professional development
    • Time & opportunity for teacher collaboration focused on improving curriculum & instruction
    • Focus on student results
      • Ensure staff uses data to adjust instruction
      • Monitor student progress
  • Leadership Activities that Build Rigor:

How Is Rigor Increased?

    • Would anyone like to share your thoughts on next steps based on this information?
    • What is the role that professional development will play in this process?

At your table, using round-robin

  • At your table, using round-robin
  • Share answers to the 4 questions below
  • How can a consistent definition of rigor contribute to more rigorous curriculum?
  • How can Cognitive Rigor Matrix contribute to…
      • more rigorous curriculum? assessments? instruction?
  • What do you need to do in your school to increase rigor (including overcome obstacles)?
  • What is the role that professional development will play in this process?
  • Share

Whole Group

  • Whole Group
    • Share ONE idea you heard from another person at your table
  • Share

Data / Evidence

    • At your table, using round-robin
      • How will you know rigor is increasing?
      • Discuss the data that needs to be collected?
      • Make a list of appropriate “data points”
        • Which 2-4 are most critical?
  • Whole Group
      • Share ONE idea from your group

Consider the guiding questions

  • Consider the guiding questions
  • Use column labeled “Strategies/Ideas”
    • connect today’s discussions with the “Research-Based Critical Behaviors.”
    • List at least THREE things per box
  • Closure for this Segment

Review the following…

  • Review the following…
    • Targeted Objectives
    • Research-Based Critical Behaviors
  • Next Steps
    • What additional data do you need?
    • Who will you involve in process?
    • What resources do you need?
  • Action Plan
    • Do what?
    • By when?
  • Conclusion and Development of an Action Plan

Workshop Closure

  • In table groups (in a round robin format)
    • Share one new learning and describe how you will apply it in your job
    • NO REPEATS!

THANK YOU

  • THANK YOU
  • Please complete “Participant Feedback”
  • Workshop Closure


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