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By design, professional development sessions should be grounded in effective staff development principles and tailored to the administrator's learning and competency profile that draws upon the school's or district's improvement plan.

As both a school recognition and school improvement organization, our courses are designed to maximize the attendees' utilization and access to real solutions and networks that will support a school system indefinitely. Once the path to ensuring success has been selected, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence School Recognition via the Lighthouse Award or School Improvement process, participating in one of the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence professional development sessions can catapult your school to the next level.

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Session: School Organization and Culture

 

School culture refers to the shared beliefs, customs, and behavior in relation to academic, social, political, geographic, and communal institutions of an educational system. Such institutions must be clearly defined and embedded within the make-up of the school, and fostered by the school board, school district personnel, school administrators, teachers, students, parents and community partners in order to have a positive school culture.

As schedules, curriculum, demographics, policies, and social interactions give way to the "intangibles", it is the intangibles that are a major determinant of success within a school.  

Four Questions:  

  •  How do you create an engaged educational community?
  •  What does hiring has to do with it?
  •  How do you develop a healthy and sustainable relationship amongst peers and adults?
  •  What is a safe positive environment?

Goals One:  Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence will coordinate with the designated educators to define and provide examples of how members of an educational community can be engaged within collective inquiry, reflection, and responsible decision making about learning.  

Goal Two:  Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence will coordinate with the designated educators to define an acceptance criteria for hiring and assignments and duties of staff members.

Goal Three:  Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence will coordinate with designated educators to define and provide examples of the various opportunities for students to build sustained and caring relationships with adults and to develop a healthy peer climate among students.

Goal Four:  Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence will coordinate with designated educators to define a safe and orderly environment that is focused on the welfare and continuous achievement of all students and staff.  

 


Session: Leadership and Educational Vitality

 

Dynamic leadership engages the school and community in continuous school improvement focused on student learning and based on vision, data, knowledge of research, effective practice, and continuous monitoring and assessment that has resulted in high levels of student achievement and implementation of comprehensive plans to meet current and future practices.

Four Questions:

  •  How effective are the leaders moving the school towards the vision and mission?
  •  What
  •  What evidence exists of a school-wide culture that supports ongoing, student -focused improvement.  

 

Goals One:  Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence will coordinate with the designated educators to define the roles of leaders and focus on their impact on achieving the school's vision and mission.   

Goals Two:  Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence will coordinate with the designated educators to define the roles of internal and external stakeholders to in the decision making process resulting in the desired outcome.  

Goal Three:  


Session: Implementation of the Action Plan

 

The practitioners' of the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence methodology are sharing the proven strategies for addressing the 9 Strands. The Action Plan contained within the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Assessment Report can be a powerful tool for reforming a school from within. The session will tap into the plan-act-do methodology that fosters collaboration and encourages a visual tracking of progress and accountability.

Tackling the Action Plan can be daunting. This session will help your entire school community work toward a common goal; excellence.


Session: Active Teaching & Learning

 

There is clear and compelling evidence that purposeful decision-making should govern all aspects of the teaching and learning process. There is a discernable link between instructional strategies and student achievement. Within this session attendees will have an opportunity to learn the core competencies of instructional design and to share best practices.


Session: Student Focus and Support

Facilitators: To be determined

School culture refers to the shared beliefs, customs, and behavior in relation to academic, social, political, geographic, and communal institutions of an educational system. Such institutions must be clearly defined and embedded within the make-up of the school, and fostered by the school board, school district personnel, school administrators, teachers, students, parents and community partners in order to have a positive school culture.

As schedules, curriculum, demographics, policies, and social interactions give way to the "intangibles", it is the intangibles that are a major determinant of success within a school.


Future Professional Development Offerings:


Session: Lighthouse Reform Strand

Facilitators: To be determined


Session: Challenging Standards & Curriculum

Facilitators: To be determined


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Professional Development Sessions

By design, professional development sessions should be grounded in effective staff development principles and tailored to the administrator's learning and competency profile that draws upon the school's or district's improvement plan. The Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Professional Development Course offering centers on the Nine Categories of Critical Performance areas in excellent schools.

  1. Student Focus and Support
  2. School Organization and Culture
  3. Challenging Standards and Curriculum
  4. Active Teaching and Learning
  5. Technology Integration
  6. Professional Community
  7. Leadership and Educational Vitality
  8. School, Family, and Community Partnerships
  9. Indicators of Success

As both a school recognition and school improvement organization, our courses are designed to maximize the attendees' utilization and access to real solutions and networks that will support a school system indefinitely. Once the path to ensuring success has been selected, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence School Recognition via the Lighthouse Award or School Improvement process, participating in one of the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence professional development sessions can catapult your school to the next level.

Our practitioners will tailor a professional development session to help your school solve a real-life challenge based upon one of the nine categories. Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence practitioners have been trained in the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Assessment Methodology, are proven change-agents in their field and have produced high performing students and schools.

Extended Course Offering

As an extension of the School Recognition and Improvement Solutions, the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence has developed the following Professional Development Course Offering:

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Cost: $3600.00

Professional Development credit is available through coordination and approval with the district's curriculum development department. Attendees will work collaboratively to organize a 5 Step Implementation Strategy for solving challenges related to the goals of the session.

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