Advice, Hopes and Needs Jan-2011

Our Advice, Hopes, & Needs to District Leaders:

 

  • Stronger teacher development – focused.
  • More time to collaborate, time to implement
  • Please remember to include everyone in decisions – more ownership
  • Hope for consistency and follow through
  • Rather than creating a whole new curriculum – we should adopt one and modify it as needed
  • Not everyone is going to be happy – it’s okay
  • Please stop telling us the standards ARE the curriculum if they are just a framework
  • Follow through on all goals consistently – show us that you are serious: what consequences will people face if they do not “play ball”?
  • Help administrative leaders understand how to include teachers opinions & ideas
  • Be consistent with the improvement plan for years……
  • Ensure teacher buy in
  • Focus on what’s important – decide what to let go
  • Involve teachers in the decision making
  • Go to the grassroots
  • Hope is that we have good, effective leaders
  • Keep community in mind
  • Supply tools so all teachers can meet goals
  • Please listen
  • Student learning = priority (not test scores)
  • Keep staff informed (concerning CADI process)
  • See above – listen
  • Re-evaluate our school leadership teams goals
  • Weed out the unnecessary
  • Timeline for unified curriculum
  • Involve all levels of teachers in decision/goal making
  • Acknowledge hard work already in place
  • K-12 plan to regroup
  • Essential learning for each grade level and subjects
  • A map of where we are going
  • Behavior Model – K-12
  • HOPE: make sure everyone is accountable and follows a clear and concise plan (with a realistic line)
  • HOPE: establish and communicate roles
  • HOPE: all goals are student oriented
  • Be open and willing to change
  • Stay the course
  • Take the time and commitment to do it right
  • Be respectful and collaborative with all stakeholders
  • Stay focused on the visions (don’t have us doing things that don’t fit our goals)
  • Listen and value the wisdom of the entire staff. We are rich in experience and dedication to students. We can save the district money because we are experts in many ways.
  • Persevere – don’t quit. The hardest part of the journey is the beginning.
  • Take and use the advice given
  • Building in time to allow for collaborative implementation & reflection
  • Leadership group well rounded (gender/subject/yrs of experience)
  • Genuine support all around
  • Communicate and implement clear and concise plan
  • KIS method (keep it simple)
  • Inclusion of all staff
  • Consistency
  • District wide aligned curriculum
  • Follow through with focus
  • Teacher buy in for duration
  • One book study district wide
  • Do choose an aligned state standard curriculum in all areas
  • Empty the plate a little
  • Focus on effective practices with training (don’t tell us – teach us.)
  • All on the same page – consistency
  • Time
  • In choosing leadership teams, include teacher input
  • Teacher input in all areas
  • Everyone goes in with an open mind and is willing to try
  • Hope: once a plan is in place it is non-negotiable, and EVERYONE is accountable to it
  • Plan is in place for a LONG time, long enough to gage effectiveness – not just year or two
  • Process for new teachers to be incorporated into the plan so things stay consistent
  • Wish district would train us w/differentiation like they expect us to do w/ students
  • 100% buy in across the district – no exceptions
  • Plan is reasonable, measurable and achievable
  • Alignment – clear direct path
  • We need to meet as a district & come up w/ a common goal/vision
  • Inclusion of all staff (para’s, all other support staff)
  • Provide aide in classrooms for extra help or assistance w/other students
  • Seek expertise w/in district