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Friday, March 8, 2013

Research plan updates class 5326

How to help ESL certified teachers understand and feel more comfortable with the LPAC Manuel requirements.
 5326 school community relations class.
Action research in progress
My research project is on its way. I have been collecting my data to have my staff development presentation. Talking with my site supervisor she agreed with me and she is letting the ESL certified team to attend my presentations during our March 8, 2013 staff development.  My site supervisor will give staff development hours to the ESL teacher for attending to my research presentation.  I will utilize one of the empty rooms in our school; the room is equipped with computer, microphone smart board and video camera that I will be able to utilize during my presentation. I have been gathering my data for the presentation and making informational packets to distribute and have the teacher followed during my presentation. I am currently working on my agenda setting the time for every item to be discussed. During my spring break week I will be able to look at all my gathered information and start working on my limited English proficiency classification flow chart. I will be following the LPAC manual, region 5 website and Texas education agency site. I have spent more than five hours getting my information and putting presentation and documentation together. I will present information to site supervisor before my presentation and get feedback with suggestions that will help on the development of my action research. I have confidence that our school can benefit with my research and we can implement the Texas education agency rules in place next year during our student’s placement.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Action research project steps to success!!!

 Action Research Project
Process overview
All of the following steps correspond to the Harris et al. text, but also addresses aspects of the Dana text as noted.

1.      Examining the work: Setting the Foundation – in other words, identifying needs or topics for action research and this may emerge from the Site Based Decision Making Committee, or from needs like those identified in your intern plan.
My action research inquiry is very important because of the rigors demands the LPAC framework. Last year we had many teachers volunteer to become ESL certified. Many of them are currently now certified but do not know the first thing about the LPAC Manuel or how to use the resources available. They have had no formal training and are not familiar with the LPAC framework at all. Having a yearly refresher course and or an introduction course would be beneficial in many ways:

1. The LPAC committee members need necessary training to carry out responsibilities.
2. The instructional and support programs available to the students.
3. The timelines and meetings and documentation.
4. The decision –making process that needs to be followed at meetings.
5. The need to maintain confidentiality and respect for the student’s language and culture.
2.      Analyzing data – you have had many opportunities to do this, and you  examined at least 9 data gathering strategies from your text in Part 2 of this week’s assignments
Staff development
In what ways can me as a principal help facilitate the professional growth of the teachers within my building through engagement in action research? And How can the process of teacher research become a part of my teacher’ professional development plans?
Staff development is an important area for research in schools since according to Roland Barth (1981): Nothing within a school has more impact upon students in terms of skills development, self-confidence, or classroom behavior than the personal and professional growth of their teachers. When teachers examine questions, reflect on their ideas and develop new practices that lead towards their ideas, students are alive. I truly believe that if teachers stop growing, so do their students.

3.      Developing deeper understanding – these are additional data collection techniques, as well as, examining qualitative data through active listening, focus groups, etc.
My research inquiry stems from the growing number of LEP students in the Texas public school system. ESL certified staff needs to understand the importance of their title and expectations. My district recently has had to implement a bilingual program and uses an ESL pullout system. We are changing in demographics and staff members are not prepared to meet the LPAC framework requirements. It is a lot for a new ESL teacher to learn on his/her own. The manual is extensive and changes yearly. I believe that if I teach them and make them familiar with the manual they will become more comfortable with the LPAC manual. I believe that I am creating foundation for them to begin their journey into what it truly is to be a certified ESL teacher.

4.      Engaging in Self-Reflection – this summarizes much of what you have been doing in this course, and throughout the program, beginning with your many self-assessments of leadership in EDLD 5311
Reflecting back on my self-assessment of leadership in my EDLD 5311 class I have learned the importance of leadership.  A good aspect of a principal is to be a good leader and always find staff developments that will help in any way to teachers in the classroom and keep them happy and motivated which it will help on staff retention. I now see the correlation between myself assessment and the classes that I will be taking throughout my internship. For example, my self assessment I scored high priority on three of the ten duties. Lead Evaluation of Instruction, Perform Staff related Administration Duties, and Perform Budgetary and Other Administrative duties were all high priority for me. I think these duties were a high priority for me because I have very little hands on experience completing them and do not know all the ins and outs. However throughout my internship I will expand my knowledge and be more confident in the principal domains. In addition, According to Dr. Timothy superintendent of Beaumont ISD suggest for administrators and teachers to never stop learning and look for professional developments that interest you. He also states that if you re brown you will died and if you green you will grow.  I also, learned that the following are items to consider when planning on doing inquiry research since we deal with them daily in our schools.
1.      Staff development
2.      Curriculum development
3.      Individual teacher(s)
4.      Individual student(s)
5.      School culture/community
6.      Leadership
7.      Management
8.      School performance
9.      Social justice or equity issues
According to the Danna Text Staff development is crucial on the daily tasks of a principal. Principals need to find ways to motivate and keep teachers and staff alive. Offering Professional developments that engage teachers, finding topics that can easily relate to the daily issues involved in a classroom. I believe that to be an administrator is not an easy task. However, I am looking forward for upcoming challenges in my future administrative career. My research will be focus on Staff Development since I saw many opportunities to train and get my ESL teachers up to date with LPAC procedures (Language Proficiency Assessment Committee.) I truly believe I have the skill to develop this research project.

5.      Exploring Programmatic Patterns – This includes asking the appropriate questions, identifying data patterns and gaps, and learning to address equity issues.
Currently there is no actual in-service dedicated to the LPAC manual guidelines. We also have 11 new certified ESL teachers with very little or no experience with the LPAC manual framework. I presently have volunteered to create and agenda and have an afterschool in-service that is voluntary in nature for those ESL new certified teachers who would like to attend on their own time with no stipend or incentive. This may become a problem because many may feel like they do not wish to spend their own personnel time. The school/district does not have the resources to give the teachers a stipend or monetary incentive. If enough teachers attend the in-service has a great possibility of being very successful. Using the LPAC manual, the past in-services I have attended thru region 5, and 7 years of implementing the LPAC manual framework first hand will allow me to be a knowledge presenter for those that have never been exposed to the LPAC manual and is framework/requirements. If the ESL certified staff attends they will become more familiar and be more comfortable with the LPAC framework as mi inquiry predicts.

6.      Determining direction – Working collaboratively to address action research questions, monitoring progress, and assessing achievement
a.       How can our school help make all the new ESL certified teachers more comfortable with the LPAC Manuel framework?
b.      The skill and resources needed are able to be acquired following state guidelines and the LPAC manual I will be able to accomplish the training to ESL certified staff. Because I am a state certified bilingual teacher and have 7 years of experience and update training over the LPAC framework I have the necessary resources and knowledge to train others.
c.       I will be collaborating with my colleges and site supervisor to motivate ESL teacher to come to the in-service using their own time. Flyers, emails, and possible instructional conversations will take place to insure attendance.
d.      I currently have allowed for a voluntary in-service at the end of the year and a follow up at the begging of next year if needed. This will allow me sufficient time to record my final concluding results.
e.       I have used tool 7.1 from the Harris textbook to organize my thoughts and actions to carry out my in-service. I will be able to evaluate and check off the activities as they are presented and accomplished.
f.        Evaluations will be presented to the ESL teachers who attend. The evaluations will evaluate the amount of knowledge they learned and my skills as a presenter. The ESL certified staff will also be given a short assessment to assess their knowledge they learned.
g.       I may have to complete a follow up in-service to make sure that all ESL staff was comfortable with the information given to them. Other activities or in-services may have to follow due to the LPAC manual changing yearly.

7.      Taking action for school improvement – Using appropriate steps or templates like the SIP or PIP Plan of action to guide the action research
Since our school District is small in my campus we only have two bilingual certify teachers and 11 ESL certified teachers. Our LPAC committee is formed with the following personnel:  site supervisor, assistant principal, a student parent in our program Bilingual Teacher, and me. Our committee will make sure to follow state and District guidelines.
Using the template provided in the Harris text I have created a detailed plan of action that is broken down into steps for my research inquiry question and its success.

8.      Sustaining improvement – Learning to use the tools of action research as an on-going process for professional development and school improvement.
Throughout my research I will be available to answer questions and will hold a training session in the month of March to get the ESL teachers familiar with the LPAC forms and regulations. I will follow training sessions thought the year to provide state and district updates. I truly believe that having and open training session for questions and answers will help and benefit the understanding of the LPAC manual. If I am able to motivate the ESL teachers to attend I will be able to explain to them the importance of continuing their exposure to the LPAC manual framework. Their certified ESL title is an asset in today’s growing LEP student rate.

action research plan template... wish me luck!

Action Planning Template
Goal: How to help ESL certified teachers understand and feel more comfortable with the LPAC Manuel requirements.
Action Steps(s):
Person(s) Responsible:
Timeline: Start/End
Needed Resources
Ask the ESL certified teachers how comfortable they are with the LPAC Manuel requirements.

February 2013
Language Proficiency Assessment Committee work Manual
Ask ESL Teachers if they know
What the LPAC is?

Meet with site supervisor to determine a time after school to hold an ESL LPAC manual framework staff in-service.

Self and site supervisor.
February 2013-May 2013
A meeting room
Copies and binders of the current LPAC Manuel.
Survey the staff after the in-service.

How informative the in service was.

Do they feel more confident now?

Do they think they could hold their own LPAC meeting?

Did the print out over the required forms and the flow chart help them?

Have an optional in-service to review or answer further question.

Self, other bilingual teachers, site supervisor.
May 2013
A meeting room
Language Proficiency Assessment Committee work Manual

How do ESL  Teacher fell to do their
Student’s placement?

Is the Staff More familiar with the forms?

Make a Power point presentation for my in-service meeting.

February-March 2013
LPAC manual
Tea website
Ask ESL teacher if the power point presentation gave them more information for better understanding of the content.
Make a packet with forms to be used during the school year. Explain the packets/ forms to the ESL certified staff.
April 2013
LPAC manual
Following the appropriate forms will help on student’s placement decision.

Print out all required forms to show the required paper work involved
May 2013
LPAC manual
Ask the ESL certified staff if the explanation was enough for them to understand using an evaluation form after the in-services.
Create a Limited English Proficient Training Flow chart.
April 2013
We will use TEA website and LPAC manual. Texas Education Agency website.
Ask ESL teacher’s if they know how to use the flow chart and explain its uses.
Create an evaluation form for the in-service provided.
April 2013
Computer and participation from the ESL certified staff who will attend the in-service.
Review surveys and see how comfortable the ESL certified staff felt with the LPAC manual after the in-service.  
Create a short assessment to assess ESL staff over the presented information
May 2013
Computer, questions that I develop over the LPAC framework
An assessment to assess knowledge learned.

Format based on Tool 7.1 from Examining What We Do to Improve Our Schools
(Harris, Edmonson, and Combs, 2010)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Reflection on what I learned in week two. Class 5301

Reflection on what I learned in my second week in class 5301
I learned that inquiry research is a very important aspect to have into consideration in every campus and across Districts.  I truly believe that teacher and administrators need to find time in their busy schedules to do inquiry. According to Dr. Timothy superintendent of Beaumont ISD suggest for administrators and teachers to never stop learning and look for professional developments that interest you. He also states that if you re brown you will died and if you green you will grow.  I also, learned that the following are items to consider when planning on doing inquiry research since we deal with them daily in our schools.
1.    Staff development
2.    Curriculum development
3.    Individual teacher(s)
4.    Individual student(s)
5.    School culture/community
6.    Leadership
7.    Management
8.    School performance
9.    Social justice or equity issues

      Another aspect to reflect on is to know all the responsibilities that a principal has deal with on a daily basis. One important aspect to consider is to find ways to motivate and keep teachers and staff alive. Offering Professional developments that engage teachers, finding topics that can easily relate to the daily issues involved in a classroom. I believe that to be an administrator is not an easy task. However, I am looking forward for upcoming challenges in my future administrative career.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Action Research

Action Research is extremely important. I strongly believe that every administrator should allocate time to do inquiry research. One of the things that I have learned is that according to Danna's work and other scholars have pointed out that action research is by far the best of the three educational research traditions available in today's educational environment. Furthermore, I learned that action research is a powerful tool for principals when planning professional development. One clear example is the meeting I had with my principal and one of my coworkers this Friday. In the meeting one of my coworkers my principal and viewed and desegregated grade level data. These data will be presented in our staff development this Monday. Taking part on the planning and research for our next professional development made my appreciate and open my to the fact that there is a broader prospective and increase my knowledge in educational research and i hope that when the time comes and I am an administrator I will allocate time and do some administration inquiry. In addition, I more aware of the planning that administrators perform and the time they take out of their busy schedule to make time to meet students, parents and staff demands. I truly believe that as an administrator I will need to be on top of new research and their developments. I will commit to learn and implement all my learning in my daily schedule to be a productive and efficient leader in my school and district.

Educational leaders can use blogs as online dairy they can post commentary or news about the research they are engaged. For instance, creating a web blogs you can add text, images, and links to other blogs as well as post comments in an interactive format. This is amazing because it allows you to view the blogs and give feedback from anyone in the world with an open blog community.