Day 3 of @SolutionTree #atplc Institute

The final day of institute had us do one breakout session followed by a closing keynote address.  I was intrigued by both of the sessions because of their titles but also because of who was speaking.

Today’s first session  with Tim Brown (@ctimbrown) was entitled Student Data Notebooks: Developing Ownership, Motivation and a Growth Mindset.  Lots about this title had me intrigued and Tim is a very engaging speaker so I was looking forward to this one.  Here are my learning and/or takeways from the session:

  • Students’ self-efficacy has a 1.44 score for Hattie’s Visible Learning (2009) – this equates to over 2 to 3 years of growth – we need to look at this
  • To improve student self-efficacy and help develop a growth mindset students should be tracking and studying their performance (analyzing their personal data) and receiving more verbal feedback
  • We need to normalize and determine the cycle (ie every 2 weeks; 6 weeks, …) of students analyzing their personal assessment data
  • Give students the essential outcomes for the unit at the beginning of the unit
  • Can we create classroom data walls (with no student names) to show how we are doing as a class
  • Many examples of student data gradebooks were shared.  Everything from reflection on term progress sheets, to chemistry unit essential outcome tracking sheets.  The idea of student data tracking was also presented by Myron Dueck (@myrondueck) at our district day at Fulton a few weeks ago.  While Myron called it something different the setup of unit overview sheets with student friendly outcome on it for kids to self-report on was very similar.
  • While it is good to have students create these data notebooks – the key is to then revisit the sheets and check on the progress of the goal they set.  Teachers need to build into their lesson/unit planning a couple of minutes per kid to have these conversations.

This workshop was a great follow-up to the common assessment workshop I did yesterday.

Luis Cruz (@lcruzconsulting) did the closing keynote entitled Because All Means All! Embracing Change as a Means to Ensure Learning for All Students.  I really enjoyed the break out session led by Luis that I attended so I was looking forward to the closing keynote.  Luis did a great job of story telling and really hooking folks in with his “3rd base kids” analogy.  My learning and takeaways from this session:

  • Ending the cycle of poverty for kids is the “why” behind our work.  Follow this up with: we are in the business of saving lives of every kid that walks in the building.  A powerful statement to help frame where he was going to take us in his talk.
  • Choose a “healthy” culture over a “smart” culture.  The work is harder if you do this but absolutely necessary.
  • When you are a healthy culture you’re not looking out the window for solutions, you’re looking in the mirror for solutions.
  • Leadership is influence to increase learning for our school and he describes leadership (from Marzano’s work) is most effective when carried out by a small team of educators with the principal functions as a strong cohesive force.  This leadership team should also develop a purpose that is focused on student learning.
  • To understand change people must understand the why, who and the how of the change.
  • We need to work to create encores.

Culture, change and leadership and what to do when you get back to your site were the themes for this one.  The presentation was motivational and emotional – and it must say something when the audience gives you standing ovation when you are done!

3 days of fantastic information and things to think to about.  If you get a chance to attend a PLC institute – go for it.

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