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 3: Focus on Systemic Factors
Bailey Pittman was eager to report her progress to Frank Perez. She had facilitated sessions with teams that represented all the adults who impacted student achievement. “After I helped them see the gap in their students’ performance, they began to engage in dialogue about the current state of performance and the desired state. From their conversations, I could tell that they had not looked at enough data together to get a clear understanding of their students’ results in comparison with similar schools. I knew we had made a breakthrough when I began to hear them saying, ‘This isn't good enough. Our students can do better, and we want to help them be ...