As educators, we have all created goals, for our students, teachers, classrooms, selves, and schools. Often, we have created SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely), and now, Jim Knight helps us take a step further by developing goals that are also compelling. What exactly does he mean when he encourages us to move from SMART to PEERS goals?
I was so involved following the results of the presidential election that I failed to follow ballot initiatives in many states on school funding. It turns out that voters mostly rejected attempts to increase school funding in this election. As stated in a New York Times editorial on November 12, 2016, “inadequate school spending over prolonged periods will leave many students behind, especially low-income students.”
Times of change and heightened emotions go hand-in-hand like a snowstorm and dangerous driving conditions L or a snowstorm and an opportunity to make a snowman J. If a change occurs which you support, it’s “the best thing that has happen since sliced bread!” But if a change occurs which you’re opposed to it’s “the ruin of us all!” Because we care about the work we do and the impact we make, change is emotional, resulting in hope or fear. Oftentimes, we have both feelings about the occurring change. As leaders, we need to be aware that these complex emotions are present among our staff (and students) whether spoken or unspoken.
Golden Circle Tools: The Why, How and What of the Quality Improvement Process: The concept of the Golden Circle, developed by Simon Sinek and articulated in this TED Talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sioZd3AxmnE) is used by QIP Teams to ensure that their work is driven by a meaningful Why, or student outcome, and identifies Hows and Whats for the school to implement that are directly aligned to that student outcome. These tools help teams use that concept to focus in on the purpose of their improvement plan and ensure that the activities they have planned are likely to achieve that purpose.
RSE-TASC Explicit Instruction Walk-Through Tool: The RSE-TASC Explicit Instruction Walk-Through Tool is both a teaching tool and a data collection tool. It identifies research-based practices that have been proven to be effective for all students, but particularly effective for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and student of poverty.
Simplified Explicit Instruction Walk-Through Tool: This is a simplified version of the tool above, divided into What Staff are Doing and What Students are Doing. It also includes links to video clips that illustrates what some of the Look Fors on the tool might look like.