Know Your Starting Point

By Bart Teal @BRSOE
January 5, 2017

At this time of year, we set forth with resolve to make improvements in our lives. Whether it's health and fitness, financial security, or personal growth, the first step in any improvement process is to document your starting point. Only after you know your starting point can you celebrate the steps toward your goal.

The same is true with school improvement. You have to know your starting point. And while test scores and graduation rates are critically important, they are measures that tell a story AFTER the fact. What we need are measures we can use everyday that will help us improve those end results. For example, if I want to lose 10 pounds, I won't be able to do it by simply focusing on the scale every day. My everyday attention must be placed on what I eat and a my commitment to exercise daily.

In schools, we need a daily focus on areas critical to school success such as a clear focus on students and student support, a commitment to excellent school culture, actively engaging students in rich curriculum, integrating (truly integrating) technology in the classroom, ensuring school safety, working with parents and the community, and supporting our teachers.

It may seem hard to measure all of these indicators of success at once ... but it's not. We have a tool that gives schools insight into nine areas critical to school success through the eyes of administrators, teachers, support staff, students, and parents. This tool identifies school strengths and provides a blueprint for making positive changes where needed.

Perhaps most importantly, like most successful change programs, our program offers a supportive network of other school officials who have been through the process and are committed to delivering excellent education in their own schools.

This year resolve to know how your school is doing... really doing... so you can have a positive impact on EVERY child.

 

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Nationally, there is a great need to strengthen positive relations between African-Americans, Latinos and other people of color with the institutions entrusted to advance, educate, nurture, protect and serve all citizens.  Building on the success of the 2016 National Summit, this Summit will provide communities with tools to create a culture of understanding and respect in their schools and neighborhoods.  By engaging educational leaders, law enforcement personnel, community members and private and public officials, community teams will build upon their strengths and create a plan for improving relationships between schools, law enforcement and the communities that they serve.

A Word from the Students:  Important Gathering about Race: The 2017 Moving Forward Together National Summit

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Blue Ribbon Academy is perfect for individual educators looking to enhance their skills or groups of educators from a particular school or district working on developing strategies important to their school needs.

FOR THE INDIVIDUAL: Blue Ribbon Academy can deepen your understanding of an important topic while providing Professional Development hours or Graduate Credits through Kent State University.

FOR THE SCHOOL/DISTRICT GROUP: Blue Ribbon Academy can assist you in collaborative learning across a cohort group that is designed to quickly impact change in your school. All participants will acquire Professional Development hours or Graduate credits through Kent State University.

The Academy focuses on all of the elements of a successful school. You'll find an emphasis on Leadership Development, School Culture, and Student Focus. Specific courses are designed to have an immediate impact on your school. Whether it's technology integration, community and parent involvement, active teaching and learning, and improving overall student performance, or curriculum. You'll find a course that is right for you and your school professional development needs.

We also tailor our programs to meet your group's needs. Let us know and we'll put together a series of course that will take your school from good to great!

 

Continuing Education Units or Graduate Credit Hours Available

 

Courses by Category

15 Professional Development Hours are available for the successful completion of each course

OR

1 Graduate Credit hour will be conferred by Kent State University for the successful completion of each course 

Influential Instruction:  How To Improve Teaching and Learning in Your School

Course ID: SFS 511

Category: Student Focus and Support

Instructor(s): Kerrie Bass

Offered
Summer A
Fall B

Cohort Online Course

Why School Culture Matters: Building the Foundation for Effective Teams and Increased Student Achievement

Course ID: SOC 521

Category: School Organization and Culture

Instructor(s): Marianne L. Lescher

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Best Practices, Critical Analysis, and A Call to Action

Course ID: SFS 522

Category: School Organization and Culture

Instructor(s): Kevin Cutler

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Culture: Boost Morale and Improve Results

Course ID: SOC 523

Category: School Organization and Culture

Instructor(s): Mark Minskey

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall B

Cohort Online*

Next Generation Science in the Elementary Classroom

Course ID: CSC 531

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Jodi Cinq Mars, Matt Chase

Offered

Cohort Online*

Literature Appreciation and Meeting Common Core Standards Simultaneously

Course ID: CSC 532

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Becky Johnson

STEM and Makerspace Implementation in Elementary Schools and Classrooms

Course ID: CSC 533

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Denise Taylor

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Hinge Points & Impacts- Creating Active Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

Course ID: ATL 541

Category: Active Teaching and Learning

Instructor(s): Stacy Barnette

Offered

Cohort Online*

Effective Lesson Design and Delivery

Course ID: ATL 542

Category: Active Teaching and Learning

Instructor(s): Shirley Ann Smith

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Fixed Time Course*
Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00 CST

Using Data to Fulfill Your School's Vision of Excellence

Course ID: LDR 551

Category: Leadership and Educational Vitality

Instructor(s): David Franklin

Offered
Summer A & B

Cohort Online*

Technology Integration for School Success

Course ID: TI 561

Category: Technology Integration

Instructor(s): Davina Mann, Keith George

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Engaging Online tools for Today's Teachers and Students

Course ID: TI 562

Category: Technology Integration

Instructor(s): Donna Thompson

Offered
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

"We Are the Champions":  Developing and Maintaining a Professional Community

Course ID: PRC 571

Category: Professional Community

Instructor(s): Jerome Ward

Offered

Cohort Online*

Building Capacity Through Community Engagement School, Family, and Community Partnerships

Course ID: SFCP 581

Category: School, Family, Community Partnerships

Instructor(s): Nathalie C Lilavois

School-Family Relationships and their Impact on Student Achievement.

Course ID: SFCP 582

Category: School, Family, Community Partnerships

Instructor(s): Keith Trawick

Offered

Cohort Online*

Leveraging Partnerships to Increase School Effectiveness

Course ID: SFCP 583

Category: School, Family, Community Partnerships

Instructor(s): Crystal Scillitani

Offered

Fixed Time Course*

Building Effective Family & Community Partnerships in School Settings

Course ID: SFCP 584

Category: School, Family, Community Partnerships

Instructor(s): Jesus Celaya

Offered

Cohort Online*

Identifying, Measuring and Communicating School Success

Course ID: IOS 591

Category: Indicators of Success

Instructor(s): Catherine M. Freericks

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

 
 

 *Cohort Online Course-Students access course materials independently and at their convenience throughout the week. Assignments and coursework requirements follow a weekly schedule.

*Fixed-Time Online Course-Students are required to log in and participate in the course at a specific time each week.  Students and the instructor have an opportunity to interact on line in real time.

 

 

Courses by Category

15 Professional Development Hours are available for the successful completion of each course

OR

1 Graduate Credit hour will be conferred by Kent State University for the successful completion of each course 

Why School Culture Matters: Building the Foundation for Effective Teams and Increased Student Achievement

Course ID: SOC 521

Category: School Organization and Culture

Instructor(s): Marianne L. Lescher

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Best Practices, Critical Analysis, and A Call to Action

Course ID: SFS 522

Category: School Organization and Culture

Instructor(s): Kevin Cutler

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Culture: Boost Morale and Improve Results

Course ID: SOC 523

Category: School Organization and Culture

Instructor(s): Mark Minskey

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall B

Cohort Online*

Next Generation Science in the Elementary Classroom

Course ID: CSC 531

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Jodi Cinq Mars, Matt Chase

Offered

Cohort Online*

Literature Appreciation and Meeting Common Core Standards Simultaneously

Course ID: CSC 532

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Becky Johnson

STEM and Makerspace Implementation in Elementary Schools and Classrooms

Course ID: CSC 533

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Denise Taylor

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Designing Classroom Assessments to Address NGSS Performance Expectations

Course ID: CSC 534

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Nicole McRee

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Argument-Based Inquiry: Supporting Claims with Evidence, Reasoning, and Critique

Course ID: CSC 535

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Nicole McRee

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Relational Representatives: Using Models to Construct Meaning of Science Phenomena

Course ID: CSC 536

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Nicole McRee

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Abstract Concepts for Concrete Minds: Designing Lessons to Engage Middle School Students and Provide a Valuable Purpose for Learning

Course ID: CSC 537

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Nicole McRee

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Effective Lesson Design and Delivery

Course ID: ATL 542

Category: Active Teaching and Learning

Instructor(s): Shirley Ann Smith

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Fixed Time Course*
Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00 CST

Using Data to Fulfill Your School's Vision of Excellence

Course ID: LDR 551

Category: Leadership and Educational Vitality

Instructor(s): David Franklin

Offered
Summer A & B

Cohort Online*

Technology Integration for School Success

Course ID: TI 561

Category: Technology Integration

Instructor(s): Davina Mann, Keith George

Offered
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Engaging Online tools for Today's Teachers and Students

Course ID: TI 562

Category: Technology Integration

Instructor(s): Donna Thompson

Offered
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

"We Are the Champions":  Developing and Maintaining a Professional Community

Course ID: PRC 571

Category: Professional Community

Instructor(s): Jerome Ward

Offered

Cohort Online*

Leveraging Partnerships to Increase School Effectiveness

Course ID: SFCP 583

Category: School, Family, Community Partnerships

Instructor(s): Crystal Scillitani

Offered

Fixed Time Course*

Building Effective Family & Community Partnerships in School Settings

Course ID: SFCP 584

Category: School, Family, Community Partnerships

Instructor(s): Jesus Celaya

Offered

Cohort Online*

 
 

 *Cohort Online Course-Students access course materials independently and at their convenience throughout the week. Assignments and coursework requirements follow a weekly schedule.

*Fixed-Time Online Course-Students are required to log in and participate in the course at a specific time each week.  Students and the instructor have an opportunity to interact on line in real time.

 

 

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