SAMs: Changing Principals Minute by Minute January 27, 2011 San Antonio National SAM Innovation Project
4th Annual National SAM/Principal Conference, San Antonio Kim Marshall: He gets it. He knows that principals must be collaborative and make instructional interaction with teachers a daily practice instead of an annual event. Jody Spiro: She knows. She knows all about change and is ready to show you the steps and readiness tools to use everyday in your work. Leading Change Step-by-Step offers a comprehensive and tactical guide for leaders. Help Teachers: You can! The "Teach Like a Champion" workshop will provide a review of the author’s effective teaching techniques. The teaching techniques identified by the author are concrete, specific, and are easy to put into action. Training activities at the end of each chapter will help the principal further their understanding through reflection and application of the ideas to their own practice.
4th Annual National SAM/Principal Conference • Welcome to San Antonio • Omni La Mansion del Rio • River Walk, Alamo • Reception and dinner tonight • Dinner coupons, Saturday night • Boat Tour • Airport Transfers: 2 hours before flight National SAM Innovation Project
National SAM Innovation Project • 305 schools • 58 districts • 12 states: California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, New York • District of Columbia, Louisiana and Colorado • Three Race to the Top states • Three models • Independent evaluation proves it works • National Program Board • Fee for Service Structure • Upgrading tools and services
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Leading Change • Dr. Jody Spiro • Dr. Troyce Fisher National SAM Innovation Project
Leading Change Step-by-Step: Tactics, Tools, and Tales NSIP Annual Conference January 28, 2011
Today’s Objectives • Take away some new perspectives on leading change Be intentional! • Demonstrate the benefits of approaching change through multiple perspectives (school teams, breakouts) SAMs are a built-in second perspective • Identify a high leverage change strategy and an “early win” to start toward success • Determine how to use the book as a resource for further analysis/planning, implementing and continuously evaluating change Leader self-reflection questions in every tool
Structure for the morning • Overview of the tools • Real life example • Your turn National SAM Innovation Project
The Eight Steps Step 1: Determine your change strategy Step 2: Assess readiness “We have learned the hard way that members’ readiness is crucial to the success of the work” Step 3: Analyze the stakeholders Step 4: Minimize resistance (and increase your resistance tolerance)
The Eight Steps 5. Secure a small, early win “It is so important that people see that we are on the road to something – and that isn’t going away next year.” 6. Engage the key players in planning “The antidote to ‘Groundhog Day” 7. Scale and sustain the change strategy 8. Build in ongoing monitoring and course corrections
What you will find in the book • Essential elements • Mistakes to avoid • Field-tested tools “You have to keep using the tools continuously. We use them over and over.” • Stories of struggle and success
Tool 1: Identifying the most effective strategy to solve your problem • Context: What is your vision and mission? • What problem are you trying to solve? • What strategy will give you a domino effect to lead to further improvements? • Is the strategy feasible within the timeframe? -- Do you have the resources (money, people, time?) -- Is the external environment supportive (or at least not hindering?)
Readiness • Leader • Participants • Organization (culture)
Matching Readiness with Process • Low readiness = high structure • Medium readiness = medium structure • High readiness = low structure • Adjust the structure as the readiness changes!
Resistance • Prevent • Minimize • Tolerate “My staff is embracing the change instead of resisting it as ‘one more thing.’”
Early Win • Is considered important • Is urgent • Is tangible and observable • Can be achieved in the timeframe • More benefits than costs • Helps deal with loss • Non-threatening to opposing groups • Symbolic of shared values • Is publicized • Is used for momentum
For comments, questions, discussion email@example.com Jody Spiro
Choices • You are driving down the road in your two seat sports car on a wild, stormy night. You pass a bus stop and you see three people: • An old lady who is seriously injured. • An old friend who once saved your life. • The perfect partner you have been dreaming about. You only have room for one passenger. What do you do? National SAM Innovation Project
One answer… • “I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams.” Perhaps we gain more if we refuse to accept limitations. National SAM Innovation Project
LUNCH Afternoon Session begins at 1:30 PM National SAM Innovation Project
Teach Like a Champion • 49 techniques • “A technique is a thing you do or say in a particular way. A strategy is a generalized approach to problems, a way to inform decisions.” • “I describe these techniques in a concrete and actionable way.” National SAM Innovation Project
“What is good is what works.” • Many ways to accomplish the same thing. • Work from strengths…not weaknesses. National SAM Innovation Project
Try it out • Read: Right is Right, page 35 • What ways have you seen teachers do this? • View Clip 3 • How could you use this? National SAM Innovation Project
Try another • Read: Page 41-45, Stretch It • What ways have you seen teachers do this? • See: Clips 4 and 5 • How could you use this? National SAM Innovation Project
One more • Read page 47-48 • How have you seen teachers do this? • See clip 5 • How could you use this? National SAM Innovation Project
Part Two • Helping Students Get the Most out of Reading National SAM Innovation Project
Reading Quotes • “Fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension.” - Kelly L. Briggs, "Reading in the Classroom" (2003) • “We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.” - B. F. Skinner • "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Joseph Addison • "There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." Jacqueline Kennedy
All Teachers Can (and Must) Be Reading Teachers • If the students in your schools can read well, they can essentially do anything. • Reading is the skill • Reading is the learning • It is a double investment paying both short and long-term results (as they learn to be effective assimilators and analyzers of information)
Teaching Content is Teaching Reading • We are in urgent times- how can I as a leader assist ALL of my teachers in the process of being teachers of reading? • Everyone in a school must be a reading teacher.
Set of skills Used by Top Teachers(Focus of Part Two) • Decoding- deciphering written text to identify what the words mean • Fluency- ability to read at a rapid rate, plus expression, ability to group words together into phrases to reflect meaning and tone • Vocabulary- A student’s base of word knowledge • Comprehension- Understanding what’s written
Four Technique Video Clips • Control the Game- Making Reading Instruction Productive and Accountable- Clip #22 • Fluency • Fluency • Vocabulary and Comprehension- Clip #25 “Teach Like A Champion”
We Need to Move Beyond Excuses, Right? Raise Expectations For Each & Every Child- no exceptions!
How Can I/My Principal Use This With Our Staff? • Team talk • What are we doing/do we need to do to take advantage of these resources? • How do I need to use my time/have my principal use his/her time differently to make a difference for the children in our school? • What do I need to do differently/my principal need to do differently with our teachers to ensure rigorous learning is occurring every day in every classroom?
TimeTrack Web • Access anywhere for principal, SAM and TCC • Lightning fast with Chrome • First and second phase upgrades active National SAM Innovation Project
Tonight Reception : 5:15 Dinner: 6:30 Entertainment National SAM Innovation Project