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Great schools deliver effective, engaging instruction and support

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Great schools deliver effective, engaging instruction and support

    Five Fundamentals for School Success

    Instruction

What are the Five Fundamentals? What are the Five Fundamentals?

    The Five Fundamentals for School Success is the whole-school improvement model of Chicago Public

    Schools. It is built on the “essential supports” work of the Consortium on Chicago School Research.

    Successful schools focus their improvement efforts in a few key areas:

     Instruction Instruction

    Instructional Instructional Leadership Instructional Leadership Leadership Professional Capacity Professional Capacity

     Learning Climate Learning Climate Professional

    Capacity Family & Community Involvement Family & Community Involvement Family & Professional InstructiCommunity InstructionCapacityonInvolvementThe Consortium has found that “Schools strong in most [Fundamentals]

    were at least ten times more likely than schools weak in most

    [Fundamentals] to show substantial gains in both reading and 1Learning mathematics.” Therefore, it is vital that all members of the school

    Climatecommunity coordinate their efforts to address multiple Fundamental

    areas simultaneously.

    Schools excellent in instruction emphasize the three To start a conversation about dimensions: improvement in Instruction:

     1. Use the following page to Instructional develop a shared Leadershipunderstanding of excellence

    for each dimension of the

    Fundamental. Instruction

    Instructional vision2. Use the final page, a self-School staff develop and implement a coherent assessment worksheet, to school-wide instructional program based on the school’s vision and mission.start a dialogue about your Family & Professional Instrucschool’s progress in Content and pedagogyCommunity CapacityTeachers engage all students in rigorous Instruction. tionInvolvementlessons aligned with the school’s instructional goals and the appropriate standards.3. Identify steps that all

    Data-driven improvementmembers of the school Teachers address all students’ needs by using community will take to student work and assessments to make Family & Community instructional decisions.strengthen Instruction. Involvement

    Learning

    Climate

     1 p. 26, The Essential Supports for School Improvement, by Penny Bender Sebring, Elaine Allensworth, Anthony S. Bryk, John Q. Easton, and Stuart Luppescu. A report of the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago, 2006, http://ccsr.uchicago.edu.

    Five Fundamentals for School Success

    Instruction

    Great schools deliver effective, engaging instruction and support to all students.

Instructional School staff develop and implement a coherent school-wide instructional

    program based on the school’s vision and mission. vision

    Definition of Excellence

    ; All members of the school community internalize the school’s mission and vision, which guide

    school policies and classroom decisions.

    ; Teachers and out-of-school staff ensure that academic, enrichment, and supplemental programs

    form a single, coherent instructional program tied to the school’s vision.

; Teachers and other staff follow through on the priorities and activities laid out in the SIPAAA;

    instructional decisions are tied to this school improvement plan.

Content and Teachers engage all students in rigorous lessons aligned with the school’s

    instructional goals and the appropriate standards. pedagogy

    Definition of Excellence

    ; Teachers align their instruction to state and College Readiness standards; individual lessons are

    organized into a comprehensive instructional plan.

; Students participate in meaningful, intellectually challenging tasks, receive additional support to

    ensure mastery, and are held accountable for their learning.

    ; Students master grade-level content through appropriately paced, engaging instruction that appeals

    to students’ varied learning styles, interests, and needs.

Data-driven Teachers meet all students’ needs by using student work and assessments

    to make instructional decisions. improvement

    Definition of Excellence

    ; The school analyzes multiple data sources, including students’ and families’ feedback, to gauge the

    school’s effectiveness and areas in need of improvement.

; Teachers use a variety of assessments (observations, student portfolios, tests) to determine what

    students are learning; they modify instruction so all students can access grade-level content.

; School instructional leaders use data to identify school-wide programmatic and professional

    development needs and achievement trends and adjust school plans accordingly.

    Five Fundamentals for School Success

    Instruction

    Instructional vision School staff develop and implement a coherent school-wide instructional program based on the school’s vision and mission.

    Next steps toward Excellence Evidence excellence

     All members of the school community internalize the school’s mission and vision, which guide school policies and classroom decisions.

     Teachers and out-of-school staff ensure that academic, enrichment, and supplemental programs form a single, coherent instructional program tied to the school’s vision.

     Teachers and staff follow through on the priorities and activities laid out in the SIPAAA; instructional decisions are tied to this school improvement plan.

    Content and pedagogy Teachers engage all students in rigorous lessons aligned with the school’s instructional goals and the appropriate standards.

    Next steps toward Excellence Evidence excellence

     Teachers align their instruction to state and College Readiness standards; individual lessons are organized into a comprehensive instructional plan.