As expectations and accountability for student learning and performance have risen over the last decade, a new educational role has evolved: the School Improvement Specialist (SIS). The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide is designed to support and guide school improvement practitioners in effectively facilitating school improvement while meeting the ten standards established by The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). This book helps new school improvement specialists: Hit the ground running; Improve the effectiveness, quality and efficiency of their work; Increase their confidence in their professional practice; Understand the steps and knowledge needed to become a certified school improvement specialist
Whether you are a consultant, administrator, coach or teacher leader, this book helps you improve organizational processes and staff performance at your school site, ultimately raising student achievement.
Chapter 1: Analyze and Apply Critical Judgment
Bailey Pittman knew that changing her role from a high school principal to a performance consultant assigned to facilitate the improvement of another high school with a 56 percent graduation rate would be challenging. Over the last five years, she had led her school team to turn around the performance of her school (a persistently low-achieving school) to become a high-performing school recognized with many performance awards. However, Bailey knew that each school is unique and was eager to discover what was holding this school back. She knew that one of her colleagues, Frank Perez, whom she had attended graduate school with, had made the switch from leading a school ...