Strategic Support for District Leadership
To address the ever-changing 21st century landscape for schools and districts, visionary collaborative leadership is essential. Beyond fiscal responsibility, leaders are expected to wear multiple hats equipped with vast sets of knowledge and skills to insure successful systemic reform, while maintaining focus on students. EDU Consulting LLC offers a multi-dimensional approach to institutional change by building systemic collaborative teams that explore “soup to nuts” —including curriculum/instruction, staffing and accountability, policies and protocols, facilities and budget.
Long-term Professional Learning
The Palmdale School District has been committed to a long-term, sustained professional learning journey with their middle school science teachers, to implement Next Generation Science Standards. From awareness to initial implementation, teachers have participated in over 500 hours of professional learning during a four-year period, generating resources that would guide district-wide implementation of the preferred integrated model.
After initial development of a “year-at-a-glance” scope and sequence for grades 6 through 8, teachers used a backwards mapping design model to develop unit lesson plans for each of the four grade-level instructional segments, along with compiling curricular resources that could be easily accessed. Throughout the journey, teachers experienced model lessons to help build their understanding of the three-dimensionality of NGSS, along with the instructional shifts that would drive their instruction. Grade level lesson study, from planning to observational lessons, will help solidify “best practice” and strengthen districtwide collaboration.
After the first three years working with grade 6-8 teachers, we applied our professional learning model, with revisions based on “lessons learned,” to offer training for elementary teachers. Three grade-span cohorts were established: K-1, 2-3 and 4-5, each receiving 8 full sub-release day trainings.
In order to build capacity at the 20 elementary sites, the 40-hour cumulative training was duplicated during a summer institute. This brought our current total number of NGSS-trained elementary teachers to over 300, with future trainings anticipated post-COVID.