School Improvement

  • Leverage Leadership

    The Leverage Leadership Series for administrators, facilitated by Debbie McFalone, Ph.D.

    Drawing on her experience as a highly skilled facilitator in over forty organizations across Wisconsin and Michigan, Debbie will engage administrators in a series of five day-long learning sessions.

    The Leverage Leadership series addresses the most critical responsibility of any principal or evaluator:  to ensure that an effective teacher is in every classroom every day.   This series of learning sessions is appropriate and applicable to any evaluation model, be it Marzano, Danielson, etc----The focus is on building competence and confidence in actually holding the individualized conversations with teachers around their instructional practice.  Many times principals possess the technical skills to do a classroom observation;  however, no change occurs in instruction unless deep conversations are held with teachers, and they are coached for improvement through focused, intentional conversations.

    Based on Bambrick-Santoyo’s book Leverage Leadership, this course is designed purposefully to meet three times in spring of 2017, in order to help principals and evaluators learn about the skillful leadership philosophy :  using our energy and resources carrying out activities that will give us the most "leverage" - the greatest result for effort expended.  After the spring sessions, in September and October of 2017, principals will have actually implement this process, and will come together as a cohort to share their experiences and learn from each other.  

    Ideally, it is highly recommended that teams of administrators from districts attend, in order that consistent practice can be developed across the district.

    This learning series will assist principals in:

    • Structuring our work around the seven core areas of school leadership that drive consistent growth,
    • Organizing our time to prioritize feedback sessions with teachers, no matter which evaluation model is being implemented,
    • Understanding and providing an opportunity to practice delivering the elements of effective feedback, and
    • Nurturing and sustaining the culture of high relational trust among faculty which is essential to this work.

    This 5-part learning series will provide principals with specific skills for working with teachers in ways that impact student achievement: fostering relentless commitment to offer individualized, frequent feedback to teachers about their instructional practice, and building the capacity to offer skillful feedback and direction to teacher teams. Video clips and role playing will be used to demonstrate and practice effective principal/teacher coaching sessions.

    Cohort 1 (Van Buren County)

    Day 1: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
    Day 2: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
    Day 3: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
    Day 4: Friday, September 29th, 2017
    Day 5: Friday, October 20th, 2017

    Cohort 2 (Open enrollment)

    Day 1: Thursday, March 9th, 2017
    Day 2: Thursday, April 27th, 2017
    Day 3: Friday, May 5th, 2017
    Day 4: Thursday, October 5th, 2017
    Day 5: Friday, October 27th, 2017


    Positive School Climate

    (Day 3) April 25th from 8:30am to 3:00pm
    Target Audience: Secondary Leadership Teams (with Administrative representation)
    Description: Positive School Climate (PSC) is a tier one behavioral framework for secondary schools. The series includes content in PBIS, EWS, data collection, and adolescent cognitive functioning. The series is established as a team training opportunity, with the expectation teams return to school campus and share content with faculty between training sessions. By the end of this series, the School Leadership Teams will be able to coordinate, lead, and manage full implementation of Positive School Climate in their schools. The intent of Positive School Climate is to increase time spent on academic instruction by increasing positive, pro-social behaviors and decreasing behavioral challenges.
    Facilitated by Bob Brooks of St Joseph County ISD
    Registration Fee: $30 per participant, includes lunch