The JP Leadership Framework finds it roots in a cross section of literature and research, plus the evidenced based strategies developed over our 26 years of providing professional development. The three columns that represent content/strategies support the outcomes of the framework and are supported by professional development (with a plan of gradual release of responsibility back to the district). The content, represented by the columns, are interdependent and call for a system of communication that allows for knowledge sharing and ongoing growth. Instruction is in the center, since effective instruction is integral to successful schools. Similar to the model of Continuous School Improvement, the consistent flow of information is regularly monitored and analyzed ensuring fidelity to the identified objectives and outcomes, as well as recognizing any needs for adjustments/alignments and responding appropriately. The goal is to have a dynamic, energetic, competent leader at the helm of every school who is leading an engaged faculty who has high expectations for every student.
Research tells us while the teacher is the most important factor influencing instruction in the classroom, the principal is the most important factor in the building. Ron Edmonds stated, "There may be schools out there that have strong instructional leaders, but are not yet effective; however, we have never yet found an effective school that did not have a strong instructional leader as the principal." JP's Leadership Domain provides principals with the tools they need to effectively design and implement strategies that will support teachers and increase student performance.
The Seven Correlates of Effective Schools
This interactive session will present an overview and basic information on the Seven Correlates of Effective Education based on the work of Ron Edmonds. Participants, through a combination of presentation and small group discussion, will learn what constitutes the Effective School and become familiar with identifying evidence of effectiveness. They well explore the importance of each of the Seven Correlates and how they interact with each other and are interdependent, especially in regard to teacher effectiveness, positive school culture, data management, college & career readiness and school turnaround. Participants will design an action plan outlining basic steps to establish, grow and reinforce the Seven Correlates in their schools.
The Walk-Through – Creating A Positive Climate via Supportive Supervision
Essential to creating and sustaining an effective school or the turning around of a school is a positive school climate or culture. Participants will explore their own perceptions of teams relative to the information presented, learn about the role of the principal in creating a team and be provided with a strategy for identifying potential leadership team members. Information will be provided on different types of classroom visits and their purposes while focusing on the concept of the walk-through and how this strategy can be used to support school teams and nurture a positive school culture.
Continuous School Improvement: Building A Vision to Turn Your School Around
School turnaround starts with a clear idea or vision of where your school is now; where you want it to be; and when do you want it to happen. Participants will be guided through a discussion of the essential components of sustainable school reform: Theories, Teams, Time, Technology and Tools (The Five T’s). Working in groups, they will also walk through a step-by-step process on how to create a mission/vision statement by exploring core values and beliefs of their school. Finally, participants will be guided through critical steps in implementing the vision as expressed in the mission statement and learn how to avoid the common pitfall of not using the mission statement and vision effectively.
Creating A Positive Climate Through Team Building
Participants will learn how to develop high functioning teacher teams and explore the impact of a supportive and positive environment on the performance of staff while learning about the Stages of Team Building. Participants will explore their own perceptions of teams, learn about the role of the principal in creating a team and be provided with a strategy for identifying potential leadership team members. Information will be provided on different types of classroom visits and their purposes while focusing on the concept of the walk-through and how this strategy can be used to support school teams and nurture a positive school culture. Participants will leave with an action plan for creating and maintaining a positive school culture by creating and supporting teams.
Meeting – Make it an Effective Leadership Strategy
Participants will learn why and how meetings should be used and how they can be conducted so staff walks away feeling energized and informed. The “nuts and bolts” behind a successful meeting (preparation, implementation and follow up) will be presented and discussed as well as the role of the meeting in school turnaround and building and supporting a positive school culture. This session also presents information based on the work of Lawrence Lezotte regarding brainstorming, identifying the root causes of a problem and how to use the Affinity Program (a solution generating strategy).Participants leave with an action plan for implementing effective meetings at their school.
Principal’s Practical Guide to Project Planning
This interactive workshop provides participants with the opportunity to work in small groups as a team and manage a finite set of resources to accomplish a defined task. Participants will engage in an interactive exercise and discuss the experience, identifying strengths and weaknesses with the facilitator. The group will then work on a common project for increasing and enhancing parent and community involvement. Attracting and involving parents in a parent education program is one of the bigger challenges facing schools. Participants will learn about a marketing approach developed in the field by a principal. Participants will be provided a step-by-step approach on how to plan and “market” a successful parent event as well as work in small groups to develop a plan they can implement onsite at their school.
Creating A Climate of Success
Utilizing brainstorming strategies (Affinity Diagram, Round Robin, etc.), participants will be guided through a process by which they will examine the relationship that should exist among Core Values and Beliefs, Mission/Vision Statement, and goals and outcomes. They will develop effective and practical strategies that can be implemented on a regular basis to establish and maintain a Culture of Success. Participants will learn strategies that will enable them to establish and maintain a positive school culture, while creating a sense of stability, continuity and safety for their staff and students.
Understanding Educational Research
This session will introduce participants to the Big Ideas of reading and understanding educational research. Staring with introductory research methodology and implications, the content of this session is designed to provide participants with the tools they’ll need to critically analyze claims made by publishers and others in the education marketplace. Participants will acquire the content through the analysis of a current research article and make a determination regarding the applicability of the outcome to their current instructional programming.
Statistics are an important component of understanding student performance patterns and their implications for planning. A thorough understanding of the “basics” of the data we use to make our instructional decisions is important to ensure we’re making the RIGHT decisions for the RIGHT reasons. This session addresses basic descriptive statistics, a discussion about the use of inferential statistics and how this information can be used to decisions related to instruction, behavior, etc.
Leading During Change
Participants will learn how to address the challenges of leading during periods of change such as school turnaround or transformation. They will explore strategies that will enable them to make use of these changes to build a strong sense of unity via problem solving. Participants will learn about their E.I. (Emotional Intelligence) and how to use their E.I. to build effective and positive relationships with staff and community. They will examine the Five Elements of Change and leave with a personal action plan outlining how these elements apply to their personal style of leadership.
The Leader and Problem Solving
Participants will explore the role of the leader as a problem solver and how problem solving can be used as vehicle for creating a positive school environment that empowers all its members. Different problem solving strategies such as the Affinity Diagram, The Five Whys, Brainstorming, and Reverse Engineering will be presented upon the background of Emotional Intelligence, Critical Mass, and Five Functions of Behavior. Application of these strategies and concepts will be modeled and participants will apply these skills to real life scenarios. A problem solving rubric is provided.
Leadership in Action: Applying What We Know
This hands-on workshop is a follow up to “Problem Solving and Leadership.” Participants are divided into teams and apply problem solving strategies to real life scenarios. They are provided coaching and immediate feedback as they work on their team’s problems. The different teams then share their strategies and rationales with the whole group. Participants are provided a model on how these techniques and skills can be coached onsite.