There are various factors that contribute to school improvement, and "Leadership" is perhaps the most consistent factor cited in education research studies. However, when school improvement coaches engage in school turnaround work, and only focus on the individual primary leader in a school, a great deal of leadership practice is overlooked. This presentation will explore how, with the support of school improvement coaches, two innovative school leaders measured school-wide instructional leadership practices and used the resulting action-based data to guide their school improvement planning work. Data-driven decision-making has become the standard practice for school improvement, but school leaders and coaches should consider multiple sources and forms of data in this work. Attendees in this session will learn from these school leaders and school improvement coaches, explore action-based data, and consider effective school improvement planning processes.
Dr. Mark Blitz has been researching effective school leadership for nine years at the University of Wisconsin where he received his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. As part of his work, he has developed school improvement tools and leadership evaluation systems. Mark taught in New York City for 8 years before pursuing his doctorate.
Dr. Konold has worked in nine Title I schools over his 20 years of experience. The focus of his work has been on increasing the quality of teaching and learning while documenting how those increases directly impact student achievement.
At WestEd, Terry is the Director of New York School and District Services and has provided leadership coaching and school transformation to numerous schools. Dr. Hofer also provides technical assistance for the federally-funded Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center (MACC).
Contann Dabney has been the principal of Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence in Buffalo Public Schools since the 2016-2017 school year. Before that she was principal of Early Childhood Center #17, also in Buffalo Public Schools. Ms. Dabney has been using action-based data in multiple schools over the past few years to gauge school-wide leadership effectiveness to enhance student learning. Presenting experience: "How Do You Measure the Impact of Leadership on Learning?" 2016 NYS Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) Fall Leadership Conference, September 26, 2016. "Results-Driven Family Engagement" 2017 New York State Council of School Superintendents, March 2017.