REACH(c) 2017 Whole School Reform
This year's REACH(c) Whole School Reform was an exciting, interactive opportunity for district / school leaders, counselors, teachers, and coaches to learn alongside each other and build lasting collegial relationships that will surely lead to improved practices and increased student achievement. If you missed the conference, you missed a barrell of laughs, strategizing, and focused discourse aligned to school improvement.
Avoiding the black box
This workshop was facilitated by Dr. Monica George-Fields, Ed.D. During the session, the facilitator and participants examined and discussed the components and conditions of a Black Box that may exist in schools. Participants had the opportunity to think about ways to condition the school community's behaviors and responses so that outcomes are more aligned to explicit goals.
Coaching vs. mentoring
The following workshop was facilitated by Michael Selkis and Jonathan Spear. During the session, participants had an opportunity to determine when mentoring or coaching is the best approach for supporting school staff. Participants left the session feeling that they better understood their role as coaches and believed that they were better equipped to meet the needs of staff members.
effective use of data
The following workshop was facilitated by Veronica Goka. During this session, the facilitator demonstrated for participants the effective ways to identify data goals and methods for teachers to track progress towards those goals. Participants were able to engage in discourse about the data in their schools and districts and ways they can improve it.
This workshop was facilitated by Dr. Karren Dunkley, Ed.D. During this session, the facilitator explained and reviewed the concept of developmental frames and the ways in which frames influence both the coach and coachee. Participants also had an opportunity to practice coaching sessions in mock coach/coachee sessions.
Leadership vs. management
This workshop was facilitated by Dr. Debra Jackson, Ed.D. During this session, participants learned the nuanced differences between managing and leading staff members. They engaged in conversations of when either is necessary to employ and used the action plan template to address the future work in their schools.
This workshop was facilitated by Dr. Lisa Gioe, Ed.D. During the session, participants were able to evaluate observations they wrote in comparison to feedback that leads to pedagogical improvements. Tracking templates were shared with participants so that they are able to return to their schools and districts and begin using the method to better meet the needs of staff members. Participants found this workshop extremely helpful for their future work.
The facilitator for this workshop was Yuisa Davila. This session introduced participants to the REACH(c) Power Concepts and the ways in which these concepts can be used to create school community norms that align to best practices and common understandings across several practices and strategies. Participants received exclusive REACH(c) documents and templates that can be used to create highly engaging environments.
social emotional developmental health
This workshop was facilitated by Dr. Monica George-Fields. During this session, participants were engaged in a conversation about social contracts, family engagement, and student and staff relationships. Participants reflected on their vision for the outcomes they desire from highly effective social emotional developmental health (SEDH) supports. The facilitator worked with participants to understand social classes within communities of poverty and barriers that those issues can contribute when students and families interact with the school community.