Distributed Leadership…A Tool For the School Improvement Journey Presented by… Denise Hicks Barnes, Assistant Principal Louis L. Redding Middle School Sherry Gross, Principal & Lindsay Baker, Teacher Leader Glasgow High School Amy Levitz, Principal & Tracy Soisson, Teacher Leader Gauger-Cobbs Middle School
Overview… • Opening Activities: • Common Attributes • The Perfect School • Definition of Distributed Leadership • Common Themes • Lessons Learned • Individual Reflection • What Are Our Common Attributes? • Final Thoughts
Common Attributes… • Although we are all different…we have many things in common • Activity
In a Perfect World… • What does your dream house look like?
In a Perfect World…. • What does your “DREAM SCHOOL” look like? • Take a few minutes to discuss what your “DREAM SCHOOL” would look like in 5 years.
Distributed Leadership… • What does DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP mean to you?
Distributed Leadership Is… • Distributed leadership centers around a different model within the school where the distinctions between followers and leaders tends to blur (Gronn, 2000) • It incorporates the activities and efforts of multiple groups in a school who work at guiding staff in the instructional change process (Spillane, 2001)
Distributed Leadership is Not… • It is not one more committee on which people serve • It is not one person single handedly reforming a school • It is not a top-down leadership model • It is not possible without building leadership capacity among your faculty
Common Themes…Goals • Building Leadership Capacity • Improving Student Achievement • Enhancing Climate and Culture of the School • Increasing Family and Community Engagement
Common Themes…Accomplishments • Louis L. Redding Middle School… • This year we had common planning for grade levels • Curricular meetings monthly that were about Best Instructional Practices – Social Studies for example • Common Grade Level Assessments (Math) • Using an Enhancing Education Through Technology (E2T2) to develop Understanding by Design units of study • Communication with parents through mailings • Team Leader meetings were proactive and problem solving in nature • Started our vision for the perfect school
Common Themes…Accomplishments • Glasgow High School… • PLC’s • Time built in to master schedule for regular, frequent meetings • Approximately 30 groups of 4-6 professionals linked by subject area or responsibilities • Increased Teacher Leadership • in areas of PEP and MAP • PD delivered via PLC’s • Individualized PD for faculty • Faculty meetings focused more on instruction and less on administrivia
CommonThemes…Accomplishments • Gauger-Cobbs Middle School… • Increase in DSTP data • MAP Growth • Collaborative Teaching • Time for Collaboration • PBS Planning Team • Action Teams • Teachers are committed to improving student achievement • Teachers facilitating professional development • Roll Through Professional Development
Common Themes…Barriers • Achievement Gaps • Discipline Disparities • Time • Staff Transition (turnover in administration and teachers) • Low Parental Involvement • Resistance to Change
Common Themes…Next Steps • Louis L. Redding Middle School • Vision • Time • Collaboration • Meeting Norms • Parent Involvement
Common Themes…Next Steps • Glasgow High School… • Individualized PD continued • Sophisticated PLC projects to impact greater number of faculty/students • Improved public relations/parent involvement
Common Themes…Next Steps • Gauger-Cobbs Middle School • Collaboration • Norms • Goal Setting • Using Data • Logs • Common Assessments • Peer Visits • Video Tape as a Tool • Targeted Interventions • PBS
Lessons Learned… • All teachers are leaders, and this leadership promotes a feeling of professional satisfaction. • Opportunities for Authentic Leadership • Celebrate Leadership • “People support what they help create” (No Name) “
Individual Reflection… • How is distributed leadership exemplified in your school or organization? • Identify examples that currently exist.
Individual Reflection… • What are the common attributes that exist among the three schools? • Of these common attributes…what can we make common to our school or organization?
Final Thoughts…. • Distributed Leadership may already exist in various forms within your school • Although we may all look very different, we all have common attributes… most notably…our desire to positively impact student achievement!!!!