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Section ii: culture, leadership, organization, operations

Culture

1. Describe the values that underlie operations.

2. What are the important symbols and rituals?

3. What are the artifacts that are evidence of the culture?

4. What are your feelings and impressions about the site? What are your perceptions of the qualities and characteristics of the site?

Leadership

  • Describe the leadership style of your mentor and how it affects the operation of the site.
  • Describe the leadership of the superintendent and how it affects the operation of the site.
  • Describe the leadership of teachers and how it affects the operation of the site.
  • What is your mentor’s highest degree? How many years of experience (classroom and administrative) does he/she have?
  • What is your mentor’s vision? How is it communicated to stakeholders? How close, in your mentor’s assessment, is the site to realizing that vision?
  • Describe the relationships between the site and other parts of the system. What formal connections are in place? Informal connections?
  • Does the site have a formal mechanism in place to foster improvement and ensure accreditation? What is it?
  • What are the mission and philosophy of the site? How were these established? How often are they revised? How are they related to the curriculum?
  • How are the mission and philosophy communicated to stakeholders?
  • How are decisions made about site issues? How are classified staff involved in decision making? How is the professional staff involved in decision making?

Organization

  • How long is the school day? How much of it is used for lunches, recess, and other non-instructional activities? How much is devoted to the basic skills? Length of academic periods? How many periods per day?
  • How are teachers organized for planning and instruction; e.g., by grade levels, subject matter, inter-disciplinary teams, etc.? Is there cross-grade teaming? How much time is allotted for planning? Is there a duty-free lunch period?
  • Describe the governance structure at the site. How are stakeholders (students, professional staff, classified staff, others) involved in the governance of the school? How are the administrative duties distributed among the administrators at the site?

Discipline

  • Does the site have a formal discipline policy or any special procedures or programs to maintain discipline? If so, describe them and indicate the number of students served by any programs.
  • During the last school year for which data are available, how many of each of the following occurred at the site?

Student suspensions

Assaults on students

Assaults on teachers

Incidents of vandalism

Firearms violations

Substance abuse violations

Discipline referrals (formal)

Other indicators of student behavior

  • Have these numbers been consistent over the past three years? If not, what changes have occurred?

2. What procedures are in place to ensure safety of children and adults at the site?

Finance and budgeting

  • Describe the development of the budget. What are the sources of revenue? For what are the funds expended? What is the procedure for spending funds? What are the accounting procedures? How are accounts audited?
  • Describe the sources of funding and the level of fiscal support provided by the community in the past five years. Have there been any special initiatives (bond issues, non-profit foundation development, etc.) that would indicate support? What are the per-pupil costs? Does the site have sources of discretionary funds? If so, where do the funds come from, and who decides how they are to be spent?
  • Get a copy of the budget. Conduct an analysis of how funds are expended. Would you spend the funds differently? Explain.

Curriculum and instruction

  • For each of the program categories listed below, indicate whether the site has a program in existence and discuss its strengths and weaknesses. Comment on the use of technology in each of the areas.

Science program

Social studies program

Foreign language program

Math program

Technology (computers) program

Bilingual program

Multicultural education program

Special education program

Gifted and talented program

Basic skills program—math

Basic skills program—reading

Basic skills program—writing

Physical education program

Fine arts program

Career and technical programs

Student government

Tutorial programs

Extra-curricular or co-curricular programs (athletics, band, clubs, etc.)

Extended-day programs (latchkey, enrichment, day care, etc.)

Other (specify) ______________________________________________

  • Does the site have regular procedures for internal review of the curriculum, textbooks, and instruction? If so, describe them, indicate when the most recent reviews were completed, and summarize the findings. What actions would you take as principal?
  • How is the curriculum articulated between elementary, middle, and secondary schools? What programs or activities exist to prepare students for making the transitions between levels?
  • How many books, journals, newspapers, and other resources exist in the library(ies), and what is the breadth of offerings? (Include data like the dates of reference books, technology availability, etc.). Describe access to on-line data sources, including the filters used to block access to selected sites. Who decided on the filters? How did they decide?
  • Describe the school’s special education and Section 504 programs. Consider inclusion, evaluation, special services, and resources.
  • What are the primary instructional methods used by teachers? How is technology used in instruction?
  • Is there a formal student promotion policy? What are the criteria used? How are classroom standards set? What are the grading policies?
  • Is there a formal policy on homework? If so, summarize it. Is it enforced? How?
  • What is the protocol for evaluating instructional practices?

Section iii: analysis of data, visioning, and recommendations for improvement

Analyze data

Identify the strengths of the site as well as the areas that could be targeted for improvement.

Create a vision and improvement plan

Work up a vision for the school. Make recommendations for improvements at the site. These should be the things you think should be improved immediately. If there are longer range recommendations, list these as such. Include ideas on how the community, students, parents, faculty, and staff, can play a role in the implementation and evaluation of the recommendations. Include an implementation plan with specific suggestions for monitoring and evaluating progress toward achieving the vision and improvements (goals). Include ways in which you would involve constituents throughout the process.

Communicate plan to stakeholders

Make a presentation on your site and your recommendations when asked to do so.

Questions & Answers

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Veysel
technologist's thinker father is Richard Feynman but the literature first user scientist Nario Tagunichi.
Veysel
Norio Taniguchi
puvananathan
Interesting
Andr
I need help
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anyone have book of Abdel Salam Hamdy Makhlouf book in pdf Fundamentals of Nanoparticles: Classifications, Synthesis
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what happen with The nano material on The deep space.?
pedro Reply
It could change the whole space science.
puvananathan
the characteristics of nano materials can be studied by solving which equation?
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sibaram
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sibaram
hydrothermal synthesis
ISHFAQ
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no can't
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where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
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nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
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what are the products of Nano chemistry?
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There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
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Bhagvanji
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Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
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Application of nanotechnology in medicine
has a lot of application modern world
Kamaluddeen
yes
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Jyoti Reply
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Bhagvanji
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Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
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Professor
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Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
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Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
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Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
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STM - Scanning Tunneling Microscope.
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Source:  OpenStax, Guidelines for interns, mentors, and home school principals, 2009-2011. OpenStax CNX. Dec 08, 2008 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10609/1.3
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