MASA Feature Evaluating Leadership How do you know when your leaders are effective? Not long ago, I retired from the Michigan Public Schools Retirement System and have embarked on a new journey as a consultant for the Michigan Association of School Administrators to provide training to intermediate school district and local district leaders on the School ADvance evaluation tool and process. Recently, I was asked by former colleagues why I said yes to teaching educational leaders on the School ADvance model. It only took me a few moments to summarize my thoughts. 1. School ADvance is based on credible research. The School ADvance model is based on research by Dr. Patricia Reeves, her colleagues at Western Michigan University, the researchers at McREL, Dr. Marzano’s group, and others. The Michigan Department of Education has endorsed this model. 2. School ADvance is manageable. The School ADvance model is a rubric-based tool that allows leaders to phase in all the characteristics over a three-year period. In this day of “race without pace” in education, leaders are extremely caught up in the day-to-day operations of management and teaching and learning. Internalizing the characteristics over time and building a systematic process for collecting evidences will help ensure leaders are successful. 3. School ADvance provides clear, consistent targets identified by the leaders to become effective and highly effective leaders. The School ADvance model is clear in the language, focuses on the positive attributes of school leaders, 24 MASA LEADER • Fall 2016 guides the summative evaluation conversations between the evaluator and evaluatee, and is based on a consistent set of evidences that are determined by the team themselves. 4. School ADvance aligns with the continuous improvement plan cycle. This is my favorite part of the School ADvance model! The model links directly to an ISD or local district improvement plan and/or strategic plan. Through the training, leaders learn the steps necessary to be effec-tive in their practice and model these characteristics consistently for staff. School ADvance allows leaders to learn how to: • Identify their three top initiatives/ programs/strategies found in their plan and link them to 8-10 characteristics found in the School ADvance evaluation rubrics each year; • Identify evidences to verify implementation of the characteristics and determine the process for evidence collection; • Conduct a self-evaluation reflectively with integrity to find their leader growth edges; • Create their annual leader growth plans; • Develop student success models to assist in measuring student growth; and • Create an evaluation system that can be embedded within the day-to-day operations. Because of my belief in the continuous school improvement process, and learning how School ADvance can assist in the development of highly effective leaders, I am all in on sharing this tool and process with my colleagues around the state. After the first seven training sessions across Michigan this summer, here is some feedback regarding leadership and purposeful evaluation. “I truly believe that having a focus on improvement through collaboration will foster a more positive culture. It is also beneficial to have a common language regarding improvement and student success. The five Domains in the frame-work focus on student achievement and leading by example, and the process leads to innovation using a growth mindset!” “This tool is well put together and compre-hensive. I appreciated the time to work with my team to outline our process and identify our characteristics for which we will be using for evaluations this year.” “This training connected the actual work we are doing in the district with what I will be evaluated on this year. I feel like this training also gave me great tools to establish my evidences.” Sara Shriver is a School ADvance Trainer with the Michigan Association of School Administrators. By Sara Shriver, School ADvance Trainer If you are interested in learning more about School ADvance, the tool and the evaluation process, and how it can assist you in obtaining your improvement plan goals and objectives, contact Sara Shriver at saraleeshriver@gmail. com or call Mitch Smith, MASA, at 517. 327.9244 for more details on how to sign up for a training in your district, county, or location near you.
MASA Leader - Fall 2016
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