Strategic Goals Report February 2019
Learning walks continue to take place across all sites, with more scheduled for the remainder of the year. Learner Agency team chairs are planning to conduct joint learning walks across the district in order to share best practice between schools. Here are a couple of Learner Agency highlights:
Dammam - The team has been proactive and original in its approach to training staff. They created a program called 'índicator of the month' whereby staff have the opportunity to explore, execute and showcase a different agency learning walk indicator each month (see the earlier ISG Learns blog post for more information)
DEMS - Two members of the team will present at the Spring 2019 NESA on the topic of incorporating Learner Agency into your classroom, after presenting at ISG Learns last November. The team has developed an excellent procedure for conducting learning walks that is inclusive of all staff and is sustainable which could be modeled at other schools.
Some team chairs have requested training in specific strategies, tools, activities to utilise learner agency in the classroom - This is something the Learning Office is currently working on. We hope to offer some Learner Agency sessions later this year
All data is being collected for the specific literacy growth targets for MAP, PIPS, SAT and Running Records. The implementation teams are meeting regularly and working through their action plans.
Data visualisations for Readers and Writers workshop have proved problematic due to data integrity issues with the templates. Data collection using Skyward as opposed to Google Sheets is going to be tested with the LiLTS from DEMS and DMM with the hope of all teachers switching to recording their Readers and Writers Workshop data on that platform next year. The benefits of this could include:
Clean data for easy visualisation
Speed and efficiency gains for teachers when inputting data
Data Coherence - all student data housed in one system
There are many compassion based activities happening across the district. Here a just a few:
Staff from across the district will attend and present at the 2019 Compassion Summit in Amman, Jordan. Presenter topics include: Struggle Makes You Smarter (or Why Growth Mindset Matters), Determining Moral Consideration, and Mindful Self Compassion: The Forgotten Piece (Our Common Humanity).
Dammam - a Compassion Club has been formed that meet twice a month. They are a self-styled 'silent movement' of students that hope to lead by example across the school (See the ISG Learns blog post for more information)
DBGS - Friendship and kindness badges and buddies have been established. The team has plans to implement improvements in the students’ toilets including hand lotions and uplifting messages.
DHS - The launch of the Link Crew mentoring program is approaching with the formal process to select mentors under way. Next year, all Grade 9 students will be assigned a trained senior student mentor. A program of monthly events, both academic and social, will be arranged for the mentees.
Jubail - The Responsive Classrooms program has started this year hoping to bring more social and emotional learning into the classroom.
SVS - Have started the Kindness Book award
System Coherence - Decision Making
A decision-making protocol has been produced and is in a testing phase. The next stage is to produce a standardised, district-wide decision making log. The hope is for the decisions made across the district to be recorded on the log. Overall, the aim is to ensure decision making is in line with the core values of the organisation and that individuals making decisions take into account all considerations before a decision is made.
System Coherence - Data Coherence
The team has focused on the action plan item of exploring Management Information Systems (Skyward, Serco, Engage) in order to find out:
What software is being used at each site?
What it is used for?
How happy users are with the functions/functionality?
Awareness of superior alternatives available?
What data is stored on multiple systems (duplicated)?
How can all systems be streamlined?
The next step is to produce a Matrix comparing the different management information systems both currently used in the district and those that could potentially be used. They hope to test new software with teachers and administrators with the aim of producing a more efficient and streamlined system.
System Coherence - Communication
After conducting research focused on improving communication across the district, the team identified a number of needs. Two specific areas arose which they chose to tackle:
Email etiquette - By the end of the year they will produce a protocol for written communication which will guide all staff on how to construct appropriate communications to different stakeholders
Staff directory - By the end of the year the team will have produced a directory of all staff containing photos and useful information. The directory will be available on the shared Drive, printed and posted on office walls and may be used in the onboarding process
The team will conduct a series of focus groups with external stakeholders (parents) to establish the gaps in ISG’s communications and to try to establish ways to improve.
System Coherence - Leadership
Work has begun on creating a matrix of leadership requirements/attributes across the district in order to produce the ISG Leadership Standards. In order to measure the quality of leadership, the leadership survey will be updated in line with the new ISG Leadership standards.
System Coherence - Collaboration
By the end of this year, the team hopes to develop a database containing information on all staff in the district such as experience, skills, interests, specialisms, talents etc. with the hope being that the ease of facilitation of collaboration can be increased. The information will be collected via a Google form so that it can be turned into an easy to use Google Data Studio, available to all staff.
Testing of the form will start in February 2019 with the hope that most staff will be included on the database in the academic year 19/20.
For more details on the School Improvement Process this year, read the Strategic Goals 6 Months Progress Report January 2019.