An Inside Look at School Improvement (Perspectives)
A principal, an assistant principal, two instructional coaches, and a teacher at one school go deep on continuous improvement
Continuous improvement—a feedback loop that helps groups of people set goals, identify ways to improve, and evaluate change—has been gaining in popularity as a framework for school improvement in recent years. And it’s a model that Ron Myers, the principal at Byron Nelson High School in a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb, turned to in 2015. With the support of two instructional coaches and an assistant principal, Myers empowered his educators with instructional decision-making.
In this special Commentary project, one school goes deep into the difficulties and the benefits of implementing the continuous-improvement model. Through a tight-knit web of collaboration (visualized below), they have been able to offer each other feedback and support in this work.
Illustration: Ayumi Bennett for Education Week
To establish a culture of continuous improvement, teachers need the space to be vulnerable, explains assistant principal Maggie Norris.
Emily Moyes reflects on how working with a trusted PLC and instructional coach has helped her become a better teacher.
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