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MASA Feature ‘Instructional Core,’ Continued from page 17 According to Holland Public School Super- this, but it allows leaders to offer ways intendent Brian Davis, for each district to serve their students.” compared to hefty school improvement The OAISD school leaders say the plans and long lists Instructional Rounds process mandates of new initiatives, a continual focus on classroom achieve- Instructional Rounds ment. At a time when legislation, budgets, focuses the work “all and other issues can compete for a the way down to the superintendent’s attention, Rounds classroom level, where brings them back to the core mission. things matter the most.” While making rounds, the superintendents never interrupt direct instruction; however, participants can talk directly with students when the students districts. In the Allendale Public Schools, are working independently or in small for instance, the district’s instructional groups. Talking with students, like asking team has developed theories of action a medical patient, “What hurts?”—can for all buildings and departments. provide profound insight into learning. Teacher leaders are being trained in the process and will conduct Instructional The recommendations generated by the Rounds in each building next spring. process provide important feedback for the district. “We have Holland Christian Schools Super- used the feedback to intendent Glenn Vos summarizes the refine our work around impact: “Instructional Rounds connects learning targets,” said us in positive ways that encourage Hamilton Community collaboration. In today’s educational Schools Superintendent landscape, those that try to stand alone Dave Tebo. “Specifically, will only fade, and those that stand we have been working together will continually grow stronger.” with grade level and content area teams to ensure that what the Karen McPhee has worked at the Ottawa students are doing Area Intermediate School District for 28 matches the learning years, the last eight as its superintendent. target…feedback She had an atypical path into education, generated through joining the OAISD as its Director of our Instructional Communications after working in the televi- Rounds visit.” sion news industry for seven years. Karen has served as president of the Michigan So what’s next? Association of Intermediate School Districts Several of the OAISD and the Michigan School Public Relations leaders have now Association. She is a life-long resident of begun Instructional West Michigan. Contact Karen at (616) Rounds networks 738-8940 Ext. 4001 or kmcphee@oaisd.org. within their own 18 MASA LEADER • January 2013


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