Category: School Transformation

Student Teams: Collaboration That Makes A Difference

By Dr. Jane Bartley For 50 years, experts, policy wonks, and education reformers have offered countless interventions, reinventions, and suggestions to improve schooling in America. From scrapping the system to charter schools and privatization of the educational systems in the United States, some of the very best minds have analyzed

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What Is Truly On Your Plate: Transformative Principal Interview With Amy Dujon

We’re all familiar with the old script. The teacher stands at the front of the classroom lecturing, the students take notes, and then there’s an assignment. Unfortunately, that script can’t prepare today’s learners for success in college and the global workplace. As Principal of a Florida elementary school, LSI Practice

How a Conference Transformed Learning in Evansville, Indiana

By Dr. Jane Bartley It’s the beginning of a new year, when resolutions for professional and personal growth collide with a new fiscal year funding cycle that can make those goals a reality. It’s the perfect time to make an ardent recommendation to my fellow educators: If you attend just

Schools for Rigor: Spotlight On Bear Creek Elementary School

Bear Creek Elementary School in Pinellas County, Florida has shattered expectations over the past few years, having quickly moved from a “D” to an “A” in the state accountability system. Principal Willette Houston’s leadership is at the forefront of the progress. On December 12, we had the pleasure of hosting

Five Monitoring Techniques That Deepen Student Learning

By Carla Moore For years, we’ve had a serious problem in education. The heavy emphasis on high-stakes testing has prevented teachers from getting timely, actionable evidence of student learning. Ultimately, when a test score, issued after a student is no longer in a given classroom, indicates that the student did

Five Statements That Guide a Team Toward Its Vision

By Dr. Jane Bartley Everyone knows the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” A photo taken during an LSI Leadership Academy session captures the essence of that statement perfectly. Listed on a dry erase board are five statements that describe the work teacher teams in MSD Lawrence Township

Image courtesy of Des Moines Public Schools: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dmps/36962770821/in/album-72157686316235914/

Success Criteria: A Five-Star Recipe for Students

By Kara Bentley Teachers, when your students walk into your classroom… Do they know what they’re going to be learning? Do they know what they NEED to know to demonstrate understanding of content? Are they prepared to autonomously apply their knowledge to successfully complete a task? Do they have exemplars

To Exist or Not Exist? How Student Autonomy Changes the Classroom: Part 2

By Kristin DeJong Last time around, we introduced you to the idea of implementing a few new strategies to lighten your teaching load and promote more student-centered learning in the process. Today, we round out that list with a few more ideas you’ll be doing in no time. Establish Team Roles

To Exist or Not Exist? How Student Autonomy Changes the Classroom: Part 1

By Kristin DeJong The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” As a new school year begins, I’m reminded of this quotation from the famed physician and educator, Maria Montessori, and I often

Vision Day at Des Moines Public Schools

Reflecting on a Vision of Instruction at Des Moines Public Schools

By Kara Bentley On August 21, I celebrated in Des Moines with administrators and instructional staff of Monroe Elementary School as we engaged in productive struggle to craft our vision of instruction for the 2017-2018 school year. To succeed at building our new vision as Schools for Rigor, participants had