2nd Round: Bradley R. Curs
1st Round: Jay P. Scribner
The Kansas City Missouri School District (KCMSD) is partnering with a team of researchers at the University of Missouri to use value added analysis techniques to identify and evaluate school controlled factors that contribute to academic growth of students in the KCMSD. The modeling techniques will allow the District to look at the test results at the classroom, school, and district level.
The statistical models will use historical academic achievement data fro each students to predict individual achievement scores. Student’s actual scores will then be compared to the projected scores to determine whether their performance is at a rate similar to, lower than or higher than the student’s previous growth.
The research effort will merge data from district data files with state assessment records and other data provided by the district to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as part of regular MOSIS and Core Data reporting. The goal of the project is to better understand the sources of high and low performance in classrooms and schools in the KC district.
The Hook Center continues to provide Model-Netics training to schools in central Missouri. In December 2009, the third cohort of Columbia Public Schools (CPS) administrators completed their initial training. This brings the number of CPS administrators who have received Model-Netics training to 60.
Dr. Maher hosted a reunion of all previous participates in May and explored with them the next steps in the process. CPS administrators who have not yet participated in a Model-Netics training were encouraged to become a part of Cohort #4 which began this fall, in 2010.
In addition, Dr. Maher will be working with the CPS to provide a professional development program focused on the Model-Netics eight leadership challenges. All administrators will be encouraged to participate.
For more information please contact Dr. Carol Maher at email@example.com
The Hook Center is working with a small group of public elementary schools to develop leadership skills in staff and students. The Leader in Me process was developed by the Franklin Covey Company and uses the foundational principles found in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to enhance the leadership effectiveness of staff and students.
School staff and parents create a practical vision for the school; learn the principles of the 7 Habits; teach those principles to their students; establish systems of support and implementation structures; and work together to build the culture of the school into a leadership culture. Currently, four elementary schools are involved in the process. Funding has come from the school districts in which the schools reside.
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1st Round: Jay P. Scribner, Jeffrey Brooks
In July 2009, a team of educational leaders form Missouri began a two-year journey to transform a group of high poverty, low-performing schools into high-performing schools that demonstrate significant improvement in student achievement.
Twenty-nine principals from schools in Kansas City, St.Louis, and Southeast Missouri attended a Partnership for Leaders in Education workshop at the University of Virginia, along with district leaders, regional professional development center support staff, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education school improvement leaders, and faculty members form three universities in Missouri. These principals, known as “Turnaround Specialists,” returned to Missouri with school-wide 90-day plans designed to begin the dramatic change process intended to improve student achievement.
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