School Walk

This morning, we made another move to our new, latest normal. Our junior high building leadership team hosted a school walk!

The protocol for this walk is from NSRF, developed by Edorah Frazer and adapted from the work done by Steve Seidel.

Leaders pair up and walk through the school and classrooms:

  • What do you see?
  • What don’t you see?
  • What do you wonder about?
  • What do you think this school is working on?

Then the groups return and call out thoughts relative to the above inquiries. The building leadership captures the input without comment. When all have had the chance to share, then the building leaders reflect on that which they have heard. What was a surprise? Was it interesting? What is new?

Then the group talks about the implications for education and debriefs the protocol itself.

The observations, comments, insights, and learning were rich and profound. To a person, we were thrilled to see kids learning and engaging with teachers who clearly were engaged with the kids. It felt, sounded, and looked fantastic.

We learned a lot about ourselves over the last 4 years. We have brought the challenges into clear focus, and this school, with its gifted leadership and passionate educators are getting after it.

Author: Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson Fife School District Assistant Superintendent:Teaching-Learning-Innovation 39 years as an educator. 16 years teacher 3 years assistant principal 12 years principal 8 years Assistant Superintendent BA, Washington State University MAEd, Washington State University Previous member of AWSP Legislative Committee Previous member of UW Tacoma PEAB, Administrative Certification Established and maintained Fife’s first website for 7 years Present work includes establishing the first Teaching/Learning/Innovation department in the Fife School District. Examples of responsibilities include: teacher/administrator professional development, assessment, TPEP, curriculum/materials review, 24 credit requirement, technology levy leadership, teacher/administrator bargaining. Initiatives underway in Fife, as a result of new TLI Department: AVID, OER, Curriculum and Materials reviews, Student Perception Pilot with CSTP, Google Expedition Cofounder of Educational Internet Communications, LLC. Marketed and sold one of the first online grade checking programs in the US. Consulted with Seattle Educational Internet Company for 2 years. jnelson@fifeschools.com twitter.com/jeffnelsonTLI

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