Day 1: Leadership Framework and Overview
Description: The session will include an overview of Bexar PREP, review of case study from application, education philosophy, leadership models/styles, overview of books/resources, leadership framework, vision/mission/beliefs, and change. Additionally, participants will meet the other cohort members and begin to build their new professional learning community.
Date/Time: Sept 29, 2016
Day 2: Creating Cultural Responsiveness and Prespectives on Leadership
Description: Cultural responsiveness is a critical concept for leaders and is essential in urban schools. What is it and how do you achieve it? This session will include multiple perspectives in defining this concept. Dr. Kimberly McLeod will share her research findings and a number of case studies with participants. The afternoon session will begin with a student panel consisting of high school age students from across the region. The day will wrap up with panel discussions with San Antonio area practitioners. These discussions will include area superintendents, campus principals, and College of Education faculty from San Antonio area Universities. Discussions will focus on the unique attributes of effective leaders. (In collaboration with Southern Regional PREP)
Date/Time: October 20, 2016
8:30 – 3:30
Day 3: Effective Practices Addressing the Unique Needs of Urban Schools
Description: This session will focus on effective practices in urban schools. In the morning PREP participants will have an opportunity to visit an urban high school or middle school in Bexar County. The campus visit will include a welcome and overview by the campus principal and leadership team, a campus tour, classroom visits, and opportunities to talk with teachers and students. The afternoon session will include a debrief of the morning visits with a focus on lessons learned and best practices that were observed.
Date/Time: November 08, 2016
8:30-11:30 School visit at assigned school
11:30-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00-3:30 Debrief at ESC-20
Location: Assigned campus – AM; ESC-20 PM
Day 4: Alignment and Data
Description: The morning session will include an overview of the alignment walk process along with actual classroom walkthroughs and focused debriefs. The afternoon session will focus on the use of data with an emphasis on the unique role of nominal data, teaching data and learning data. Participants will bring their leadership framework completed. (In collaboration with Southern Regional PREP)
Date/Time: January 19, 2017
8:30-11:30 – Alignment and Data
1:00-3:30 – Alignment Walks
Day 5: Transforming School Culture
Description: The morning will be spent conducting campus level alignment walks to analyze alignment of instructional practices, district scope & sequence, and alignment among and between PREP participants. The focus on the afternoon session is school culture. We will visit Wagner High School in Judson ISD and experience the school culture first hand. The visit will include a school tour and a visit with a number of students who have experienced the shift in culture first hand. We will explore the concept of school culture in theory and explore successful practices related to the intentional development of school culture. Additionally, each PREP participant will receive their “Shadow a principal for a day” assignments in the afternoon.
(In collaboration with Southern Regional PREP)
Date/Time: February 15, 2017
8:30-11:30 – Alignment Walks
Lunch will be provided
1:00-3:30 – School Culture
Between days 5 and 6 each PREP participant will complete their “Shadow a principal for a day” with an urban leader in a different school district, but within the same grade band.
Day 6: Forwarding the Action and Celebration
Description: This session will provide a venue for the application of many of the concepts and learning that took place over the course of the year. We will engage in Shadow Principal debrief and discussion. Additionally, we will spend some time discussing various Leadership Frameworks, professional portfolios, and the interview process. The participant’s superintendents, principals and other district leaders are encouraged to attend the morning reception and celebration.
Date/Time: May 17, 2017
8:30-9:30 Reception and Celebration
9:30-11:30 Forwarding the Action