Leader Strand

Benedict Hall Fountain In this suite of sessions, your leadership team—representatives from throughout the system, including central office administrators, campus administrators, instructional coaches, and key teacher–leaders—will engage in a set of research-based processes and tools to help you strengthen existing district structures to provide the necessary support for a standards-based instructional system.

Specifically, your team will learn and practice using a cohesive set of protocols to help you zero in on key effective policies and practices that you and your colleagues can leverage to improve your whole education system. Our professional learning sessions for educational leaders focus on processes and skills for collecting data about the instructional program, for aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and for collaborating with colleagues including classroom teachers, to improve the instructional program in mathematics and science.

While we offer professional support in various configurations—from intensive one-to-two-day engagements to academies consisting of multiple sessions over a year’s time—our strong preference is to work with teachers and leaders as part of a long-term coherent effort to improve your district’s instructional practices.

Many of our short sessions are designed to provide you with a gateway to our comprehensive K–12 systems services.

If you would like us to bring a session to your district, contact us at:
dana-services@utlists.utexas.edu to learn more.
 

Assessing and Advancing the Implementation of the College and Career Readiness Standards: A Set of Strategic Levers (SessionA)

Key leaders, representing all levels of the district system and including district and campus administrators and lead teachers, will engage in structured collaborative conversations about the implementation of the standards.

After identifying the current state of district structures and practices, this representative group will craft recommendations to district decision makers for advancing district-wide implementation of the CCR for mathematics and for English language arts—and of analogous standards for science and for social studies when they are available.

  • One-day session
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    Study the Standards (SessionB)

    In this session (also listed in the teacher strand), representative teachers and leaders will work toward a deep level of understanding of the purpose, intent, depth, and clarity of the standards. This session is also designed to foster among teachers and leaders a sense of urgency and a commitment to engaging in an ongoing study of the standards on campuses and throughout the district. Educators learn how to use a set of structured tools to strengthen alignment through collaborative conversations focused on the standards. Using these tools, you will explore how to use the standards to guide decisions around teaching, learning, and assessment.

    Teachers and leaders will learn and practice using tools to explore the horizontal and vertical alignment of the standards. These tools can be leveraged among groups of teachers to build a common understanding of the standards and to strengthen system-wide capacity for continuing study of—and alignment of the instructional program to—the standards.
    This session is offered regularly with specific focus on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and for the Common Core State Standards, and can be tailored to any state standards.

  • One-day session. For the CCSSM, this course can be provided as a two-week online course organized into multiple modules.
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    Classroom Walkthrough for Continuous Improvement

    Campus principals, instructional coaches/lead teachers, and district instructional leaders will learn how to implement the Dana Center’s updated Classroom Walkthrough for Continuous Improvement processes and tools.
    By engaging in practice walkthroughs (through watching videos), participants will strengthen their understanding of the CWTCI data-collection “look-fors” which are aligned to the expectations outlined in college and career readiness standards.

    Classroom walkthroughs are a quick and easy way to gather real-time data on your curriculum and instructional program. Our unique classroom walkthrough process provides you with a suite of tools and resources to use in implementing our continuous improvement process.

    In this session, you will learn and practice how to use the data collection tool to accurately gather, aggregate, and analyze the data to identify patterns and trends. You will also learn and practice a process for promoting meaningful, reflective conversations and for generating classroom-level actions to improve your program.

  • Two-day session
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    Collect, Analyze, Reflect, and Act (CARA) cyclical improvement process

    CARA is a collaborative process that involves teachers and leaders in reflective conversations designed to lead to action, usually in the classroom. District instructional leaders, campus principals, and instructional coaches / lead teachers will learn how to implement the Dana Center’s CARA cycle for continuous improvement.

    Participants will have opportunities to explore the CARA cycle and see it modeled so that they will be comfortable using it in their schools. The cycle can be used with any kind of data that the school and/or district collect. When used regularly, the process is an effective tool for monitoring and adjusting.

  • One-day session
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    Systems Thinking/Systems Changing

    Key leaders, representing all levels of the system and including district and campus administrators and lead teachers, will engage in a change simulation designed for use by collaborative teams. Participants will gain a deeper knowledge of the change process and will experience planning for—and leading—organizational change.

  • One-day session
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    Structures to Support the Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum

    Campus principals, instructional coaches/lead teachers, and district instructional leaders will engage in a process to identify and analyze the current state of critical structures (processes and procedures) that are necessary to support the ongoing work of teachers in developing and implementing the District Curriculum Framework and the collaborative endeavors of professional learning communities throughout the system.

  • One-day session
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    Instructional Leadership Academy

    The instructional leadership team, a group of key teacher-leaders (frequently, leaders who coach teachers) will engage in a yearlong study of instructional leadership that is designed to enhance your capacity to function successfully as an instructional leader by providing ongoing professional learning.

    Through a series of sessions that connect multiple content emphases—including adult learning theory, leadership practices, facilitation skills, and theoretical frames for instructional leadership—members of this team will develop and refine the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate the system-wide implementation of your chosen education standards. Specifically, you will learn how to effectively use the Dana Center’s proven tools, strategies, and processes—including a rigorous study of your standards for increasing alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment; group and team development strategies; our Collect, Analyze, Reflect, and Act (CARA) school improvement process; and our unique approach to classroom walkthroughs. You will use all of these resources to collaborate with teachers to improve instruction and help ensure that all students master the TEKS and are prepared for college and careers.

  • Eight-day professional learning session, experienced as two-day sessions distributed throughout the school year.
  • You will receive a printed copy of the Dana Center resource Classroom Walkthrough for Continuous Improvement: Strengthening Teaching and Learning (2nd edition).
  • As the instructional leadership team begins to facilitate Dana Center protocols, the Dana Center can offer support of technical assistance throughout. (As needed.)
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    Making the Most of your Coaching Investment

    Could you use a coherent set of tools and processes for initiating or strengthening instructional coaching programs?
    In this session, you will explore a number of “innovation configurations” for a district coaching program, acquire easy-to-use tools for gathering data, and learn how to use supporting tools and processes in collaborative work with teachers. You will also determine how these tools and processes fit within your current coaching program and map out implications and next steps for your program.
    These resources are designed to support coaching initiatives throughout implementation, from initiating the conversation to assessing the need in your district to guiding the work of your coaches.

  • One-day session
  • Participants will receive a copy of the Dana Center book Making the Most of Your Coaching Investment: Tools to Strengthen Your Local Instructional Coaching Program.
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    Using the Concerns-Based Adoption Model to Support Implementation of a Change Initiative

    Change is a process, not an event. When a system embarks on implementing a change innovation, it is critical that attention is given to the individuals who will implement the change. Leaders and change facilitators need tools to help gather data about people’s attitudes, beliefs, feelings, behaviors, and actions with respect to the specified change.

    Developed from the research of Gene Hall and Shirley Hord, the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) describes, explains, and predicts emotions and behaviors throughout the change process. Two of the CBAM components, Stages of Concern and Levels of Use, are particularly helpful to change facilitators in diagnosing and determining interventions to support the users of the innovation.

    In this session, you will learn about the Concerns-Based Adoption Model and how to use Stages of Concern and Levels of Use to support the individuals responsible for advancing and monitoring the implementation of a school system’s change initiative.

  • One-day session
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    If you would like us to bring a session to your district, contact us at:
    dana-services@utlists.utexas.edu to learn more.