Building Shared Responsibility for Student Learning by Anne E. Conzemius, Jan O'Neill

By Anne E. Conzemius, Jan O'Neill

Who's liable for pupil studying? stroll into an efficient tuition and ask this query of anyone-a instructor, a pupil, the imperative, a guardian volunteer, a secretary-and you will get an analogous resolution: "I am." Shared accountability is anything tuition groups construct from inside of. it is what occurs whilst all tuition humans settle for that what they do makes a distinction in how all scholars research . . . once they have the information they should make trained judgements in regards to the top technique to advertise studying . . . and after they have the abilities and possibilities to translate their rules into potent motion. Anne Conzemius and Jan O'Neill current a realistic framework for development shared accountability inside of faculties and faculty platforms. They establish 3 severe parts: * Focus--The universal imaginative and prescient, venture, values, and expectancies that offer readability and result in new degrees of functionality. * Reflection--The dedication to check assumptions, research from facts, and regulate practices for this reason. * Collaboration--The technique of constructing relationships the place all paintings towards a similar goals and depend on one another to accomplish their pursuits. development shared accountability for scholar studying is an ongoing activity--a trip and never a vacation spot. This research-based source presents a map within the type of powerful buildings, structures, procedures, and rules. It explains the right way to set robust pursuits and stocks inspiring tales of educators who've launched into this trip towards better specialist competency, elevated employees delight, emerging try rankings, and greater scholar effects.

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This conversation helped unearth deepseated critical issues that fueled some of the teachers’ “resistance” to the district’s vision. It took courage for Teacher #1 to speak up about her beliefs and then to admit her fear; this openness was possible because the district’s culture (established through both day-to-day interaction and official policies) welcomes inquiry and honest dialogue. The 27 02--CHAPTER 2--18-35 3/4/04 10:17 AM Page 28 BUILDING SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR STUDENT LEARNING visioning session include flipcharts, sticky notes, sticky dots, markers, and tape.

Like so many districts across the nation, in recent years David’s district has been caught up in one political tug-of-war after another. Local radio talk show hosts and media have fueled an intense debate challenging everything from the district’s curriculum and instruction to its strategic plan. Factions have formed within the community, with parents and politicians demanding accountability. Because the district has consistently produced test scores at or above the state average, this public outcry seems unwarranted to many of the school staff and administrators.

We invite the group members to place their sticky notes on a large poster board or wall space—still without talking—and group them by similarity or affinity. They can then begin talking about the ideas and naming the categories using header cards or larger sticky notes. 3. Multi-voting. Once the brainstormed ideas are grouped into categories based on similarity, we hand out sticky dots and ask everyone to cast votes for those categories they feel are most important to include in a vision statement.

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