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This quote is from an educational leader attending day two of Studer Education’s What’s Right in Education partner showcase. In yesterday’s post we shared five takeaways from leaders attending Day 1 of WRIE. Day 2 had leaders recognizing two sessions most, the sessions briefly highlighted below:

Classroom Excellence: A Best Practice Showcase. A group of principals and teachers from The School District of Menomonee Falls (WI) showcases a classroom best practice – Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA). The process as well as sample student achievement results are presented.

Creating a Culture of Excellence. Dr. JoAnn Sternke, Superintendent of Pewaukee, led the school district to receive a top state award, the Wisconsin Forward Award. All schools in the district have an “excellence” distinction. Dr. Sternke shares the continuous improvement process that set the stage for Baldrige recognition. Dean Bondhus is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence. Dean shares some critical points for school districts to consider as leaders create a continuous improvement system worthy of Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recognition.

Today’s post focuses on the first of these two presentations – Classroom Excellence. Approximately 33% of the attendees mentioned taking excellence tactics and measures to the classroom as a takeaway. Principals Lynn Grimm and Tina Posnanski and their lead teachers Denise Moen and Jessica Shafe (School District of Menomonee Falls, WI) focused on how they and their colleagues “engage students in regular and frequent evaluation and improvement of classroom learning processes” (slide 6). Below are select slides from their presentation (slides 5, 12, 19, 24, and 25):

SDMF Slide5SDMF Slide12SDMF Slide19 SDMF Slide24 SDMF Slide29The two videos below are examples of students engaging in development of their classroom mission and discussion of the “Study” and “Act” steps in their learning process.

The teachers explained:

The Study step can be done as a whole class (group discussion), small group, or individual (exit slip); they are usually used at the end of a learning cycle, but can also be used anywhere during a learning cycle in order to gain quick feedback about how any activity or learning strategy is going… making it easier to adjust instruction in real time.

How does this fit with the Evidence-Based Leadership K12 framework? It’s cascading excellence tactics and measures to the classroom level; it’s implementing a system of formative assessments to see how students are doing and make “real time” adjustments to instruction when needed; it’s students, beginning in kindergarten, taking ownership of their learning; it’s a process for achieving classroom performance excellence.

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What’s Right in Education 2013 was an opportunity for educational leaders to connect with other high performing educational leaders, and discuss how to set board and superintendent measures and cascade those across all levels of leadership in the district; identify what “right” looks like in service excellence; and become part of a district leadership collaborative.

Slides and videos in this post were created by the School District of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; Lynn Grimm, Principal, and Denise Moen, Mathematics Teacher, North Middle School; Tina Posnanski, Principal, and Jessica Shafe, Special Education Teacher, Valley View Elementary School. Visit North Middle School at http://nms.sdmf.schoolfusion.us/. Visit Valley View Elementary School at http://vves.sdmf.schoolfusion.us/. We thank these principals and teachers for the huge difference they make in the lives of their students and the parents. Thank you!

Our mission at Studer Education is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the sixth straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.