An educational leader promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional development.

Reflection

Culture is the most important attribute in a learning organization and is tested every day through behaviors and interactions. Culture toxicity can run rampant in the most beautiful of climates and can control how you engage the most valuable resource in your building, people. Continual improvement of culture relates directly to the enacted shared vision, based on the beliefs and values of your learning organization. Culture flourishes through authentic celebrations, clear communication, consistency of policy, constructive feedback, flexibility, and transparency.

2017-18 Professional Learning Topics (SMS)

Summer 2017
a. Provides leadership for assessing, developing and improving climate and culture.

The presentation was used to communicate how the Instructional Leadership Team could use data to identify discrepancies in our behavior multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) system and use a process of continual improvement to address such opportunities. The identified opportunity for improvement in this example focused on the Tier 3 data with 25% of our population resulting in 60% of the overall referrals.

EDL 273 Based: SMS Action Plan Sample

Summer 2017
f. Ensures staff members have professional development that directly enhances their performance and improves student learning.

The 30-45 Day Action Plan was used to communicate how a Plan-Do-Study-Act process could be used to address the disproportional Tier 3 data, focusing on the overall building behavior system regarding culture and referral norms.

EDL 284: Correlation Analysis - Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

EDL 284: Advanced Research, Summer 2016
g. Uses current research and theory about effective schools and leadership to develop and revise his/her professional growth plan.

I performed a correlation analysis between three high school level Project Lead The Way (PLTW) classes’ End of the Course (EOC) assessments and the state level data of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 scores for reading, mathematics, and science of the Iowa Assessments. The implication of findings did not identify any statistically significant differences in achievement of students based on grade level or gender. The results of the correlation analysis showed a positive relationship between the PLTW EOC scores and science change score (r = .30, p = .008). 

Correlation Analysis

EDL 273: Standards Based Grading

EDL 273: Instruction and Learning, Spring 2016
c. Provides leadership, encouragement, opportunities and structure for staff to continually design more effective teaching and learning experiences for all students.

The instructional design was used by the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) professional learning community (PLC) with the purpose of providing a common framework for unpacking standards into student learning targets and proficiency statements.

EDL 273: Strategic Action Plan

EDL 273: Instruction and Learning, Spring 2016
d. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

The 30-45 Day Action Plan was used by the Dallas Center-Grimes secondary Technology Integration & Instruction for the 21st Century Learner (TICL) team to address student appropriate use concerns with the 1:1 implementation of the Apple AirBooks through implementing higher levels of engagement using the project-based modeling framework.

IJMER Action Research

Spring 2016
h. Promotes collaboration with all stakeholders.

With the aim to collaborate with stakeholders through contributing back to academia on an international scale, I published my action research in the Journal of Modern Engineering Research (IJMER). The study was The Effect of Computer-Aided Design Instruction on the Spatial Ability of High School Students. Spatial visualization is a skill used to solve problems using concepts of space, visualization, and reasoning. This research project examined the use of Google SketchUp Pro in the computer-aided design (CAD) classroom to improve students’ spatial visualization skills. During the quarter students increased their spatial visualization skills as indicated by the results of individual projects and scores on the Purdue Spatial Visualization Assessment: Rotations (PSVT:R).