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Copy of Action Plan to Improve School Climate

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Deanna Massey

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Transcript of Copy of Action Plan to Improve School Climate

Action Plan to Improve
School Climate I want the faculty, students, administration, and community to work together in keeping our school a success.  
I cannot work in isolation and be successful.  
I cannot lead a school to success from behind my desk nor through punitive measures.  
I cannot choose a protective core of individuals to surround me who do exactly as I ask.
People who have an active part in what is required of them have a stake in seeing that it is thriving.  
Students, staff and community members all want to know what they think and how they feel is important.  
This being true, I must always be prepared to listen, learn from others and build relationships.  
I must remember that my expertise has been helping children reach their full potential.  
Now I must work to do so on a larger scale - with teachers and students, alike.     Impact on my Instructional Leadership Project Leaders will revamp survey. Survey the incoming freshmen and plan the ROARRR Retreat with freshmen orientation and commitments. Project Leaders and Alpha Leaders will interview students and teachers about perception of any school safety changes, their feelings of whether students are truly involved in school decision making and their feelings of whether students are having an impact on their school environment.  Survey incoming freshmen; hold a ROARRR Retreat with orientation and commitment. On days Project Leaders are not with the Alpha Leaders, planning staff development regarding engaging students as educational partners.  Project Leaders publicize the Parent Workshop. Make site arrangements for the One Day Workshop.  Project Leaders are the liaison between the students and the adults.  
7.  Hold student/teacher One Day Workshop; Parents/Community will participate in the Parent Workshop
8. Administration make students a real part of every decision-making committee appropriate for students.  
9. Administration will arrange for the administering of the WV School Climate Survey.  
  1. Solicit funding. School board presentation to attempt to get whole district buy in.

2. Survey monkey identifying cliques and the perceived leader of each and their peer choice teacher. Administer survey. Calculate results.

3. Schedule the Safe Schools Ambassadors for August and November; determine SoundOut program elements to use

4. Payment for both resources; Meet with Peer Choice Teachers and Counselors to discuss the ROARRR goals. Meeting times are during AA, Peer Choice Leaders have no AA. Solicit commitment.

"Stand Up and Speak Up" Student Rally: teaches youth friendly language and skills they can use to safely and effectively defuse bullying behavior Safe Schools Ambassadors Program: $4600, Stand up and Speak up Assembly: $2500, Parent/Community Workshop $600
<See Handout>
SoundOut: Student Voice in Schools Curriculum - $500 single school use 
<See Handout> Program Materials Target population: High School Clique Leaders and Peer Choice Teachers 
Proposed team members: Clique Leaders (Alpha Leaders), Peer Choice Teachers (Project Leaders after Commitment), Counselors (initial Project Leaders), Administration, All Staff, Parents/Community     Time to take Action All school cultures are “incredibly resistant to change, which makes school improvement usually futile.  Unless all [stakeholders] act together…”
To change the culture, one must understand the climate of the school. 
Attempts to increase academic pressure without improving personalization result in higher dropout rates, especially among disadvantaged students
Basic human desires: to be known and valued as individuals, to be accepted to be safe and useful to others.  
Researchers offer the following recommendations for student-led approaches: 1) View students as resources.  See students not as problems but as solutions 2) Solicit student input on issues that are significant to the school as a whole 3) Engage students in tangible projects that address issues of concern
By effectively assessing the climate in the building and implementing effective strategies, the principal facilitates a set of norms and values that focus everyone’s attention on what is most important - student achievement.
Key Points From Research  1st time: Shady did not make AYP (graduation rate-84%)  Based on the WVDE:DP21 Dropout Entries, 22 students claimed a "dislike of the school experience" as a reason.  
Last year SSHS was ranked seventh in the state based on assessment data; this year we are ninth. 
Teachers blame students for their lack of progress, discourage collaboration, and even breed hostility among staff
School Climate Survey: only 52.5% of students feel close to people at our school, only 33% feel the adults at our school treat all students with respect and only 41% of our students feel that our school is a supportive and inviting place to learn and only 17% of the staff felt that nearly all the adults in our school support and treat each other with respect Problem: Toxic School Culture Impressive variety of course offerings considering the small staff of fifty teachers where 90.8% are highly qualified
Core teachers have planning periods together to pool resources, share ideas and utilize common assessments.  
Rigor in the classroom is evident as thirty-eight of the 2012 graduating class of 201 achieved the WV Promise Scholarship
Test scores for ACT and WESTEST are high compared to county and state. Community is family oriented (annual homecoming parade celebrated by the varying teams of midget league participants, four elementary schools, Shady Spring Middle School as well as the high school.   
The school opens its gates and doors year round to the varying youth organizations in the area: youth football and cheer, youth wrestlers, youth baseball and softball, middle school football, band, cheer and track all call SSHS home.
A West Virginia School of Excellence Shady offers a comprehensive curriculum in all disciplines to meet the needs of our student’s diverse interests:
Core curriculum Fine arts 11 Advanced Placement
Three concentrations in Agriculture Education
Three concentrations in business
Juniors and seniors who plan to enter the workforce have the option of going to the Academy of Careers and Technology for half a day. There are over 20 programs meeting industry entry-level expectations and certifications.  First year in 1924-25
In 1967, community growth demanded a new school – the one we are in now.
Years later, a separate vocational agricultural building was constructed on site along with two separate hallways housing six additional rooms in each. 
836 students – AAA
33.61% free or reduced price meals
1.91% minority enrollment
10.16% special need
Our 45 year old building sets on a rural site containing football, softball and baseball fields, tennis courts and a band practice area
Many extracurricular activities are available including 16 sports, Future Farmers of America, Key Club, Physics Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Archery Club, Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA), SADD, Young Democrats, and Young Republicans to name a few.  Raleigh County
Recreational opportunities associated with the New River Gorge National River area, two state parks, and 3, 200 feet high mountains. 
Various types of cultural entertainment: Appalachian arts and crafts, ballet, and the theater  
The two interstates as well as seven other major West Virginia highways – 4 interstate ramps Shady District Shady Spring HS Profile Plan and implement clique leaders' orientation and solicit commitment from the Student leaders (“Alpha Leaders“).
5. Two Day Alpha Leaders Institute (Safe School Ambassadors program) on-site training for our socially influential students
6.  Wednesday meetings during the 30-minute AA block.  Project Leaders continue Safe School Ambassador curriculum, assist students with updates for community and faculty, assist with the format for the monthly administrative meeting, and professional development for faculty meetings AND incorporate topics from SoundOut.     Principals’ Leadership Academy
Deanna Massey
Action Research Tigers ROARRR:
Reaching Out:  
Acquiring Respect, Responsibility & Results    Begin cycle again...
takes years
to change a culture THE PLAN
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