Educational reformers argue that reform efforts must be more school centered. This
emphasis, however, meets a barrier in districts where staff development is district
driven. Although such district awareness and skill-building programs have their place
within a comprehensive professional learning program, more attention today is being
directed at helping schools meet their specific goals for improved student learning.
In a best of all possible worlds scenario, Cleveland City Schools has a strategic plan that provides common direction for the district as a whole. Each school then develops its own long-range plan that addresses both its contributions to the districtís plan and the challenges that may be unique to that school. In turn, the professional learning staff develops a plan that assists both the district and the schools in reaching their goals.
Each individual school has a School Leadership Team which meets with the district
supervisors monthly to review district goals, analyze school data, write school
improvement plans with goals to address specific schools needs and plan professional
learning around the needs of each school.
The Cleveland City Schools professional learning department monitors the school
improvement plans for each school. It looks for trends and issues across campuses
and clusters schools that have similar needs and staff development plans. The
department views itself as a facilitator of the learning of all adults in the school district.
When all the adults are learning and growing there is a greater likelihood that students
will also be learning and growing. We believe that when each adult sees himself or
herself as the number-one learner, we will achieve what we should achieve through
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