Message from Sally
South Western Region Principals’ – Successful School Conference
Last week I was fortunate to attend this conference on Thursday and Friday at Etihad Stadium. Amanda, Anna Marie, Chris and I prepared an eMaze presentation to be shared with over 70 of my colleagues. We had worked on this for about 6 weeks. The conference Keynote was Phil Warwick who is the, Associate Vice President Marzano Research Laboratory.His keynote presentation explained how...
central to the work of High Reliability Schools (HRS) is the collection of data to recognise accomplishments and inform future directions.
In his session, Phil guided participants through how to analyse data from the HRS surveys. Participants gained a deeper understanding of how to develop lagging indicators for the areas of school improvement that they have identified.The session also explored the data driven leadership concept that is the backbone of the High Reliability Schools model.
NMPS's presentation was entitled The journey towards a High Reliability Organisation and we were thrilled to present to a full house. This presentation had been produced using EMAZE it will probably become an integral part of the new Australian pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Here is an excerpt of the hour long presentation:
The journey for Errol street NMPS began sedately - the school was started in 1857, in an Errol Street shop front; In 1874 the students and teachers walked down Errol Street to our current site. The school is fortunate to have always had ‘An Optimistic View of the Future’(Marzano) and positive reverence for our past .
The NMPS Professional learning community base our teaching milieu on evidence based school improvement. Our School review was held in December 2013. Our self-evaluation used ‘zing’ technology to seek feedback from students, staff and parents/school councilors. We developed our new Strategic Plan using the feedback from the whole school community and a reviewer to develop a plan we believe will support our ongoing success.
We have used the High Reliability levels of operation to guide our journey towards becoming a High Reliability organisation.
Interestingly, starting at LEVEL 1 we had the ‘joyful’ experience last week of the full OHS Audit – on reflection ensuring a SAFE & ORDERLY ENVIRONMENT, that supports cooperation & collaboration is not that hard because when everyone works together – it provides RELIABILITY on all fronts!
LEVEL 2 an Instructional Framework – we use the McREL based Classroom Instruction that Works framework supported by Ye olde WMR Numeracy and Literacy Models.
LEVEL 3 Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum; the documenting is taking too much time; we know we need to work smarter. Our professional learning team (PLT) leaders will collaboratively ‘make this happen’.
LEVEL 4 Standards Referenced Reporting; without quite realising this was driven form the classroom teachers back to leadership. We trialled using this lens last year and it made a huge difference to our ability to teach explicitly, whilst constantly assessing.
LEVEL 5 A Competency Based System – the goal for our school we have 55% high achievers (this was the successful outcome of our 2014 SMART goal) –our future focus will be linking the work of Carol DWECK – and developing the Growth Mindset as this aligns closely with the aspirations of our families.
NMPS teacher Joe was also attended and reported, 'I had the pleasure of watching Sally, Chris, Amanda and Anna-Marie present to a full house at the Successful Schools conference yesterday. A packed crowd of principals and school leaders listened intently to the NMPS journey. The presentation was slick, streamline and took on suggested improvements provided by the NMPS staff.'