The Class Measures support program aligns most strongly with the 5Essentials work of the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (UChicagoCCSR). We have honed our E3 processes to ensure that Effective Leadership, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction serve as pillars of our support program.
This philosophy is also advocated in the work of Jim Kousez and Barry Posner, researchers and writers of The Leadership Challenge and inventors of the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). Our leadership KPI work is structured around Kouzes and Posner’s extensive research of “personal best” leadership models. Research indicated that there are five common practices in leadership behavior that lead to transformed outcomes: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. We rely heavily on these unique leadership measures for monitoring growth and success.
We are very cognizant of national research into the impact and effectiveness of the implementation of improvement processes (School Improvement Grants; Implementation and Effectiveness, US Department of Education, January 2017), and utilize these findings to measure our own success in achieving implementation goals, as evidenced in our work across the country.
“These structures have given me everything I’ve been asking for to grow my leadership capacity and develop other members of my team. Now I know exactly what my focus is and can connect my daily tasks back to our three big goals and ultimately to our school’s mission and vision. I can’t accomplish that mission on my own and have to trust that others will help us get there. Whenever I work with the Class Measures team I walk away thinking, ‘I’m about to make some big changes here.”
Children of promise School Preparatory Academy (COPPA)
Achieving rapid progress and hitting improvement targets in high-need areas
Meridian Middle School
aking big changes: turning school effort into performance improvement
Developing more authentic collaboration among teachers and more distributive leadership