By Anne E. Conzemius, Jan O'Neill

Who's accountable for pupil studying? stroll into a good college and ask this question of anyone-a instructor, a pupil, the valuable, a mother or father volunteer, a secretary-and you will get a similar solution: "I am." Shared accountability is whatever college groups construct from inside of. it is what occurs while all tuition humans settle for that what they do makes a distinction in how all scholars research . . . after they have the data they should make educated judgements in regards to the most sensible strategy to advertise studying . . . and after they have the talents and possibilities to translate their principles into potent motion. Anne Conzemius and Jan O'Neill current a pragmatic framework for construction shared accountability inside faculties and faculty platforms. They establish 3 serious elements: * Focus--The universal imaginative and prescient, venture, values, and expectancies that offer readability and result in new degrees of functionality. * Reflection--The dedication to check assumptions, study from info, and regulate practices consequently. * Collaboration--The means of constructing relationships the place all paintings towards a similar goals and depend upon one another to accomplish their pursuits. construction shared accountability for scholar studying is an ongoing activity--a trip and never a vacation spot. This research-based source offers a map within the type of potent constructions, structures, approaches, and guidelines. It explains how one can set strong objectives and stocks inspiring tales of educators who've launched into this trip towards larger specialist competency, elevated employees pride, emerging attempt rankings, and more suitable scholar effects.

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In the 1950s, Joseph Juran, a leading Quality Management thinker, author, and consultant, first applied the Pareto principle to management practices and came up with two simple tenets, which we have paraphrased below: • Focus on improving the 20 percent vital few areas that will achieve the greatest The Importance of Prioritizing As the experience of Wisconsin Heights illustrates, developing strategic priorities means identifying what your school or district needs to keep doing, stop doing, and start doing in order to achieve your vision.

Only the few and the bright can achieve at a high level. 2. You are not supposed to understand everything the first time around. 2. Speed is what counts. Faster is smarter. 3. Consistent effort is the main determinant of success. 3. Inborn intelligence is the main determinant of success. 4. Mistakes help one learn. 4. Mistakes are a sign of weakness. 5. Good students work together and solicit help from one another. 5. Competition is necessary to bring out the best in our students. Adapted by permission of the publisher from How to Bring Vision to School Improvement by Jon Saphier and John D’Auria.

All initiatives, programs, and activities within the Madison Metropolitan School District are filtered through the lens of these strategic priorities. If something doesn’t fit, it doesn’t get the attention of the board and administration. It appears the district’s focus is beginning to pay dividends. In October 2000, local headlines trumpeted the news, “Black and Hispanic students narrow the gap” (Hall & Erickson, 2000). By going “an inch wide and a mile deep,” the Madison Metropolitan School District is learning far more about what it takes to improve student achievement than they could possibly have learned if they tried to tackle every challenge at once.

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