“It’s better to have a great team, than a team of greats.” – Simon Sinek
Have you ever been on a team in which one person is driving the agenda? Is it possible to create teams that promote inquiry that is owned by the entire team and not just a few players? Shared inquiry is the key to having teams that produce “stable gains in student learning” (Garmston & Wellman, 2016). Yet, in many teams tensions can develop when members feel that they are being judged or engage in judging others.
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.”
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.
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