Case Study Who Needs Lesson Plans

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M8 Discussion
In Case Study 1, “Who Needs Lesson Plans” the Buchanan Elementary School, in which almost 90% are students of color, 82% are economically disadvantaged, and the school has the largest percentage of non-proficient students in the district regarding state mandated achievement testing originating from the NCLB Act. The majority of the teaching staff, 11 out of 17, has only taught at Buchanan Elementary, with an average age of 53. Moreover, the energetic superintendent has only been with the district for 5 years, and the current principal of the Buchanan Elementary School replaced their beloved principal, who was coerced into retirement due to his inability to meet performance goals set by Superintendent Mark Simon. As a result, the
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Although there are many problems in this case, the main problem is lack of student learning, which needs to be the top priority of a free and appropriate public education, aside from safety, which is always at the forefront. As the principal, I need to reflect on my last 2 years of making an attempt to develop positive and trusting relationships, and my own growth as an educational leader. The problem here is that Principal Hulbert is still at a Level 1 leadership role; where people follow you simply because of your title. This was demonstrated when Bill Osborne, the employee spokesperson, told the principal, “You are the boss and you can force us to revise the lesson plans. Just tell us what you want in the lesson plans, we’ll copy it, and we can go on to more important issues,” (Kowalski, 2012, p.5). As the principal, I need to develop a plan to advance my leadership to level 2, and ultimately, to level 3 where results will improve morale and begin to develop intrinsic motivation to succeed. I would begin by finding and connecting with a ‘first follower’ as seen on https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_how_to_start_a_movement?language=en , where a leader must have the courage to be scorned, and …show more content…
From there, I would create a Principal Advisory Council made up of a variety of stakeholders to discuss issues, concerns, and plans to promote student achievement in the academic, social, and emotional domains.
Changing the culture and climate of a school takes time and is a challenging task. However, it is my belief that teachers, students, and parents all have a common goal and that is for our students to succeed. Working collaboratively, understanding the struggles of the community, and developing trust and motivation to help one another, is an essential key to providing these students with the best chance to close the achievement

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