School Success Programs

The School Improvement Task Force Program

Empowering a Committee to Identify Your School’s Most Pressing Problems and Most Effective Solutions

Program Description:

The Problem

Teachers and schools today are overwhelmed by the challenges they face.  Students today have less motivation and greater barriers to learning at a time when academic curriculum demands and standards are higher than ever.  Students are expected to learn harder academic content at earlier and earlier ages.  Teachers are stressed and frustrated.  

Teacher Empowerment

The School Improvement Task Force Program helps schools identify their most pressing problems and implement the most effective solutions.  The task force is composed of teachers and staff from a school and led by a program facilitator.  Each school faces very different difficulties and, therefore, have very different priorities and solutions.  It is very difficult to impose ‘solutions’ on teachers.  Teachers are strong willed, intelligent and experts in their profession.  Teachers resent having the new external ‘educational fad of the year’ imposed on them.  Teachers want and need control over their classrooms and how they teach.  However, teachers often feel extremely frustrated in not getting the support they need to resolve key problems and perform their jobs to the best of their ability.   


PIPS:  Problem Identification Problem Solving

Teachers must be actively involved in any school change in order for change and problem resolution to occur.  The Task Force is composed of teachers and obtains the input of other non task force staff to determine which solutions make the most sense and which are most likely to be embraced by teachers.  The Task Force may choose to focus on improving student behavior, student achievement, teacher support, teacher stress management, educator coordination, consistency in the enforcement of school rules, positive parent involvement, and/or other problems identified as critical to creating a positive, exceptional school learning environment. 

Dwelling On and Implementing Solutions

This approach helps educators to feel that their input, ideas and proposals are important, listened to, and respected.  Educators take responsibility for creating the school community that they want to work in.  Teachers feel empowered, valued and supported.  The program helps to change complaints into resolutions.  It helps to eliminate the tendency of teachers and staff to become cynical and dwell on the problems.  The program helps frustrated educators focus and dwell on solutions in order to feel creative, effective and involved.  The program uses a PIPS (Problem Identification Problem Solving) Model to prioritize the most critical difficulties faced by teachers and staff and find the most effective solutions. 

 

Program Components:

Pre-Intervention Consultation

One or more planning meetings take place to determine the parameters of the Task Force team creation, membership, structure and frequency of sessions. 

Problem Identification

The Task Force uses surveys, informal feedback from teachers and team discussion to chart its goals and agenda. 


Best Practices and Brainstorming

The team brainstorms solutions and investigates what has worked at other schools and what educators at their school would like to see implemented as solutions.  The team creates an action plan for achieving key school improvement goals. 

Buy In

The team involves all educators and staff in evaluating and accepting the implementation of changes and positive problem resolution actions. 

Implementation

The team creates an Action Plan to either pilot or implement the problem resolution strategy.  The team clarifies who will do what and by when for the plan to be effective. 

Goal Achievement Monitoring

The team creates a method to determine whether the improvement strategy is being accepted by those involved and effective in achieving its goals.

Administrator Sessions

Administrators are either involved as active team participants or consulted on a regular basis concerning decisions and the team’s progress and actions. 


Program Objectives and Benefits:

Create an Effective Channel for Teachers to Take Control Over Finding Solutions to Critical School Challenges

Identify and Resolve Critical Student and School Problems

Improve the Practical and Emotional Support Given to Teachers

Strengthen and Deepen a Sense of School Pride and Community

Improve Student Engagement, Responsibility and Achievement

Call or e-mail Dr. Rodger Goddard for more information at

(973) 763 -0991 or drrgoddard@msn.com

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