Published on March 10, 2014
Forbairt Action Learning Network (ALN) a tool for Leading School Self – Evaluation (SSE) of Literacy & Numeracy (L&N) What? Why? When? How? 21st Century Leadership
School Leadership, ALN and SSE Two Key Questions for School Leaders: • How might we lead an ALN on Literacy or Numeracy (L/N) in our school? • How might we utilise SSE to identify and support an ALN project on L / N in our school?
Three Leadership Questions In Your School: • Which self-evaluation processes are going to have most potential impact on pupils’ learning (L/N)? • Who within the school community can take responsibility for carrying out these processes and identifying improvement actions from these? • What structures (eg team-based approaches) will support this? Dimeck, NCSL, 2006
Data Gathering Instruments (DES) Self reflection by individual teacher Group reflection by teachers/subject department/ Team planning and teaching Collaborative teaching and review Peer dialogue/sharing experience Observation of teaching and learning / Peer observation/review • Assessment data – formative and summative • Learner and parent surveys (student/parent voice) • Focus group discussion • Interviews • Whole-school reflection • Review of students’ copies/files
Data Gathering: DES Instruments for data gathering • Which instruments might you use in your school and why? • What data will you collect using these instruments? • What will you find out about your school from using these instruments? • What challenges/opportunities are presented in using these instruments in your school?
H HOW might we lead the SSE process? • Who? (Link Teacher and ALN team) • Identify who will be responsible e.g. • • • • • co-ordinating the overall process gathering and analysing evidence writing quality statements developing targets for improvement implementing improvement plan • How / When? • Agree process and timeline (PDST Project Planner) Forbairt will assist through the ALN process
School Improvement Plan Our School Improvement Plan Summary of main strengths as identified in last SSE: Summary of main areas requiring improvement as identified in last SSE: Improvement Targets Required actions Persons responsible Timeframe for action Success criteria/measurable outcomes Review date(s)
Describing the issue / topic Reflecting on the process THE ALN PROCESS Reporting back to the group on the results of the action Receiving contributions from the group in the form of questions, suggestions and feedback Reflecting on the discussion and deciding on a course of action
Agenda for first group meeting • Introductions and contact details. • ALNs • Each school will introduce its planned project, including – – – – reasons for the project, actions to date, issues to be addressed, supports accessed or required. • General discussion on each project. • Individual school planning.
How is an ALN conducted? • LDS team member/Associate organises the venueEd.Centre/date/time/agenda. • Based on the needs of the school: SSE, L&N. • Sharing of experience and data. • Openness to ‘other' ways of working. • Genuine dialogue among professionals. • Distributed Leadership in action. • Develop good working relationships and form networks.
Forbairt Calendar ‘12/13 • Module 1: Residential P.&D.P. Sept 2012, Cavan; Oct 2012, Charleville • Module 2: Evening/Ed.Centre-Week of Nov 5th . -four participants (P, DP +2) • Module 3 Residential Jan 2013 (Cavan) /Feb 2013 (Ennis) P&D.P. • Module 4: Evening/Ed.Centre-Week of Mar 4th -four participants • Module 5: Sept 2013-all of the team Forbairt Support (ALNs + School visits) throughout the life of the project.
ALN • Questions, Concerns, Comments???