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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

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
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Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
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Damian Reply
absolutely yes
Daniel
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Maciej
characteristics of micro business
Abigail
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Anassong
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
NANO
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Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
Tarell
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
NANO
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
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Do you know which machine is used to that process?
s.
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SUYASH Reply
for screen printed electrodes ?
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of graphene you mean?
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or in general
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in general
s.
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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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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