How do Exemplary Schools Effectively Manage School-Wide Continuous Improvement?

Research verifies that effective leadership has a strong impact on learning within a school, for both teachers and students. But what are the specific practices of school leaders in exemplary schools? What is it, specifically, that they do differently from leaders in typical schools? is there a common set of leadership practices used by exemplary schools?

  1. Schools use a proven framework for instruction based on learning research.
  2. Professional Development is connected to the instructional framework and is planed
  3. Focus on School Culture through expectations and monitoring for support and accountability.
  4. The overall focus of the school is on the effectiveness of instruction.

The Cycle of Education

The cycle of education is caused by a mixture of the requirements and expectations that schools perform at a high level and the focus on changing as quickly as possible.  Today’s schools have tremendous access to research that reveals approaches for becoming successful and maintaining that success. Every state, district, and school try to determine what they are going to do to become more successful or to maintain the success they have achieved. Being the best teacher consistently and pervasively is a daunting task. The challenge is that teaching is a complex endeavor. Teacher evaluation models detail dozens of strategies and practices that teachers should know and be able to do. Typical schools and districts focus on adding additional strategies and practices. With so many pieces in the “education puzzle”, teachers can easily become overwhelmed, overloaded with information, and fragmented in their efforts.

Exemplary Schools do things differently

School evaluation research has found the single biggest difference between exemplary and typical schools is how and when teachers plan. Exemplary schools understand that teaching effectiveness is the first and foremost factor associated with student achievement. To increase the effectiveness of teachers in the school and district they focus on connecting strategies and practices within an instructional framework.

For example, typical schools focus on remediation when students fall behind but in exemplary schools, they focus on Acceleration which is a collection of six different practices that when connected results in students learning grade level content quickly, better, and at a much higher level.

Students can only do as well as the instruction and assignments they receive.

The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework ensures that teachers are intentional when planning lessons and assignments so that students move sequentially towards rigor and complexity that match the standards of the lesson.

Learn more about how the Learning-Focused Instructional Framework can increase student achievement at the District, School, or Teacher Level.