Solutions for the 21st Century Classroom
Districts from across Arizona were represented at the Leadership Seminar to Optimize Implementation held last week at the Phoenix Elementary School District office. The room of packed educators, principals, directors of curriculum and instruction, directors of assessment, instructional coaches, and superintendents interacted and brainstormed with facilitators Susan Jacobs, School Improvement Facilitator Comprehensive School Assistance Program with WestEd and Sarah Callahan Estrada, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Project Manager for Galileo Development with ATI as they guided them through the optimization of district and school initiatives related to gathering, understanding, and using formative data.
“Tipping points are a reaffirmation of the potential for change and the power of intelligent action. Look at the world around you.It may seem like an immovable implacable place. It’s not. With the slightest push – in just the right place- it can be tipped.”Malcolm Gladwell
The morning began with a brief discussion of real world leadership goals and challenges complemented by a description of available support services from WestEd and ATI. The remainder of the interactive seminar focused on helping the leaders address four critical tipping points to maximize student and staff success in their schools and districts:
- teachers and students benefit from an engaging, relevant, and appropriately rigorous curriculum
- data-driven instruction must be based on trusted and authentic data
- instruction must respond to the implications of student performance data in targeted and authentic ways
- leadership requires the tools to combat initiative fatigue and data overload
Participants walked away with suggested strategies, resources, and action plans to implement immediately in their school or district. Leaders from both WestEd and ATI were available at the end of the seminar and provided needs evaluations to educational leaders. Together they identified next steps for long term solutions supporting a relentless approach to quality implementation of curriculum and instruction promoting student learning.
To find out more about the seminar, access the slide deck. If your school/district would like a needs evaluation, contact us at the following:
Jason Kane Feld Bob Rosenfeld
Vice President, Corporate Projects Senior Manager, Field Services
Assessment Technology Incorporated WestEd