EL5053 Module 4 School Teaching Discussions

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(Part 1)

Internship Scenario Response

This course began with a leadership scenario designed to motivate your thinking about the role of the principal in partnerships and inclusiveness within a learning organization. Use the questions to guide an original response and comments to at least two peers. APA citations are required only in the original response.

  • How can the school community support the established teaching and learning goals set by the school?
  • Why is it important for principals to establish and maintain a foundation for developing relationships among stakeholders in the school community – students, school personnel, parents, and the community at large – for the express goal of supporting student learning?
  • In addition to examining research findings, how can principals effectively explore family engagement, mutually beneficial community relationships, and student advocacy? What relationship does continuing school improvement and professional growth play?
  • How can principals and school leaders create a collaborative environment for teachers while also establishing a genuine learning environment for students?
  • What are the obstacles or challenges preventing effective community engagement, outreach, and collaboration in schools?

Requirements:

1.) Some of your thoughts in reference to your assigned readings, with

2.) Your personal observations and experiences, and pulling in

3.) Perspective from at least one outside source.

Must be, at minimum, 3 paragraphs of 6-8 well-developed sentences

APA citations are required only in the original response

PART 2

Reply to both discussion post I have attach.

Here are guidelines to follow in your response.

Each Responses should be a minimum, 1 paragraph of 6-8 well-developed sentences .

Your contribution should be such that it adds to and moves our discussion forward constructive way. In responding to post, see that you're supplementing their ideas with original thoughts, observations, or research of your own.

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Response 1 Kana, The best way for the community to support the established teaching and learning goals is by being educated in the goals and implementation plan of the school. In many instances I feel the community would help support the teaching and learning goals; however, they are unaware of the plan and goals of the school. If the community is sufficiently educated on the plan and data to support the plan then they are more willing to support the school and program through monetary means, time, and organization. The community and businesses will help, but need to be educated and acknowledged for their support. “It doesn’t matter whether you are reaching out for help in writing or in person; you are most likely to get buyin if listeners are given a clear, concise, and persuasive explanation of the planned event” (Stewart-Ruck, 2016, pg. 12). The principal is the public face and head of the school. While there are many administrative and bureaucratic levels that are also in play, to most people, the principal represents the person in charge. When the principal is engaged with stakeholders, everyone else is more likely to be on board with getting involved as well. Student learning is the goal, and it is the principal’s responsibility to engage with the community in whichever way best supports that goal. Principals need to meet with the parents and community and share ideas of how we can work together to help our students find success and explain how the parents and community can help the school reach their goals. In addition, the students need to understand their role in the process as well. They need to understand how important they are to the overall scheme of things and demonstrate how their learning gains not only help the school, but also the community as well. Principals can effectively explore family engagement, community relationships and student advocacy by getting out into the community themselves. It’s important to not only reach community members who may otherwise not be involved but to also educate them about what is going on in the schools and educate yourself about what is going on in the community. I firmly believe that continuing school improvement and professional growth plays go hand in hand. Opening the doors of the school and giving a voice to families and students will engage the parties and offer collaboration that will help improve the school climate and culture to your specific school. Improving the school and collaboration with families is crucial to the success of community involvement. Without professional growth and school improvement the students will not be getting the education that they are entitled to, and the school will not be successful. Using all partnerships, especially parents and students will ensure the school is meeting the needs of all students. Collaborative environments are important to the success of schools in the world today. If we want our teachers and students to act a certain way, as principals we should be modeling that behavior every single day. As a principal we should engage in collaborative work with our staff and students. Not just observing classrooms, but engaging and taking part in lessons in the classroom as an active participant. The principal should include staff and students in the decision making process when possible and show respect to the learning process, rather than just passing judgements when required. Communication between teachers and principals is the most effective way to develop genuine collaboration that will have a positive impact on the students. Obstacles related to socio-economic status time prevent some elements of effective community engagement, outreach, and collaboration in our schools. The funding from community resources might not be available to provide financial support to school programs and activities. The collaboration process between the school and community might not be in the best interest of the students. Some community members might have their own ideas and beliefs about how the school should be structured and operated. The principal has to maintain relationships with members of the community. However, he must make sure that the community support that is being provided is in the best interest of the students. With some team work and persistence community programming can develop into something that benefits not only the students but all the stakeholders involved. References Stewart-Ruck, J. (2016). Making your case. Advise, 45(1), 10-13. Response 2 Crystal, • How can the school community support the established teaching and learning goals set by the school? The school system will be able to achieve learning goals by forming partnerships with the community. The word community means “everyone with any reason to improve the school or the education its students receive” (American College of Education, 2019). Parents, teachers, agencies, businesses and organizations are all part of the school community. Such involvement could include monetary donations, sharing skills or knowledge, providing experiences, offering facilities, or delivering inspiration. Providing money will give students the opportunities they might not have had before. Having organizations come in to share their experiences provides students with real-life connections and may inspire students to work hard in school to achieve their aspirations. The most important part is that all community partnerships have one goal in mind, and that is student success. • Why is it important for principals to establish and maintain a foundation for developing relationships among stakeholders in the school community – students, school personnel, parents, and the community at large – for the express goal of supporting student learning? Principals need their schools to succeed. The only way they will succeed is by creating those nurturing partnerships. According to the NEA, they found that there are ten strategies for effective partnerships. Those are agreeing on core values, listening to the community, using data to set priorities and focus strategies, providing relevant on-site professional development, building collaborations with community partners, focusing on high needs students, building relationships between staff and families, communication rigorous expectations, acknowledging cultural differences, and connecting students to the community (National Education Association, 2011). As long as principals follow these guidelines then they will succeed. Our principals motto in our school is “first the heart then the mind”. We have to care about the students and other staff members before we can reach them academically. When students feel loved they listen. When parents feel heard they are more connected to the classroom. When staff members are seen and heard they work harder. When community members feel engaged they keep providing enriching opportunities. It all starts with the principal who needs to create an example for others to follow. • In addition to examining research findings, how can principals effectively explore family engagement, mutually beneficial community relationships, and student advocacy? What relationship does continuing school improvement and professional growth play? It is important for a principal to be seen and heard in the school and community. Principals should be using technology to their advantage. They should be creating videos of themselves reading stories to students to put on the schools Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. They should be sending out Google surveys to families asking how they would like to get involved in their child’s schools. They should be reaching out to the PTA to see how they can get involved. They should be contacting local organizations to donate time and resources to help better the school. They should be encouraging teachers to share and collaborate. Our principal showed us she cared by putting a mini fridge in our teacher’s lounge. Every month she fills it with snacks and goodies. Each month there is a different theme. February is all red themed fruits. This is one way to boost morale and to show appreciation for your staff. • How can principals and school leaders create a collaborative environment for teachers while also establishing a genuine learning environment for students? In order to create a collaborative learning environment teachers need time. I think that is the one thing that is most appreciated. Teachers are so busy and to be given time to collaborate with other staff members will increase production, inspire teachers and create opportunities to learn from each other. Teachers then use these resources that were received to engage students in new opportunities. Another way is to provide teachers opportunities to attend various professional development opportunities. I know that when I attend a highly motivating professional development workshop I am motivated to bring it back to the classroom. By giving teachers more time to work in groups and more hours at professional development workshops, you are helping motivate teachers to be the best that they can be for their students. • What are the obstacles or challenges preventing effective community engagement, outreach, and collaboration in schools? Again, time is a contributing factor that limits effective community programs in schools. If given more time, our school would have many more partnerships in the community then we currently do. Organization is also a factor. We do not have a committee responsible for contacting outside agencies. Teachers are responsible for making their own connections. Sometimes our principal will send out opportunities. If a well established committee was in place, we would have more partnerships and the programs would be more effective. Funding is also a huge factor when it comes to providing opportunities for students. We have all these grand ideas, but no clue where the money is going to be coming from. As an administrator I would invest my time in locating grants for school/community partnerships. Overall, I have learned how to create effective partnerships with staff, students, parents and community agencies. I have learned the importance of making connections, engaging families, working with the community, student advocacy, and involving others. After reading an article from the NEA, I found a strong take-away that establishes the meaning of this whole course. “The Chicago study confirms that engaging families and communities in student learning is a core strategy for school reform, and that its impact on a school’s prospects for success are as powerful as the impact of strong leadership and quality teaching” (National Education Association, 2011). References American College of Education (2019). Community Engagement. [Module 1 Beyond the School Part 2 Community Involvement], EL5053 Community Engagement, Outreach and Collaboration. Retrieved from http://ace.instructure.com National Educational Association. (2011). Family-School-Community-Partnerships 2.0. Retrieved January 31, 2019, from http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/Family-SchoolCommunity-Partnerships-2.0.pdf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. ...
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The paper is about educational leadership. It explores;
✓ The role of school community in supporting established learning and teaching...

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