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MASA Feature The process has been eye-opening, affirming, challenging, and pivotal in how OAISD leaders are building their instructional knowledge and capacity in their own districts. According to Spring Lake Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Furton, “The regional approach of Instructional Rounds provides a powerful antidote to the ‘win-lose’ approach of ranking and comparing school districts. We’ve come to the realization that working collaboratively to leverage our experi- ence and know-how can improve the learning environment across district lines, promoting ‘win-win’ scenarios.” The process requires trust, staff prepara- tion, and a relentless desire to set aside “We trust each other enough to open well as take feedback on our work,” said the things that divide us and concentrate our doors to show what we are trying Black River Head of School Shannon on the collective needs of our students. to accomplish with our instruction as Brunink. “There is vulnerability in doing continued on page 18 { }A trusted resource. With a vested interest in your success, we understand how strengthening and building relationships creates value. Our experienced consulting team can help maximize your human capital, facility, and technology resources, delivering a higher return on experience. Contact: Laura Claeys 586.416.4910 Judy Wright 248.223.3304 Paul Wills 248.223.3316 plantemoran.com www.gomasa.org 17


MASA Leader Winter 2013
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