High reliability schools (Robert Marzano)


Marzano talked about his model for school reform -for creating high reliability schools.

He talked  of four systems.
Knowledge – we spend most of our time in schools in this domain.

Metacognitive system

Cognitive system

Self system

Marzano argued that we spend too much time on the knowledge systems.

He talked about leading and lagging indicators, monitoring and celebrating success using quick conversations, quick observations and easy to collect quick data.

He had developed indicators for levels and shared some critical indicators for each.

Safe and collaborative culture

– a professional learning community process (we do better as a team than as individuals)

– Systematic examples of inspiration

Effective teaching in every classroom

– A clear vision of what good instruction looks like. (Many, many strategies that teachers can use and these strategies are observed and monitored)

Guaranteed and viable curriculum – content assurance across classes

– A focused curriculum that can be achieved in the time available .

– Continual monitoring the curriculum

– Direct vocabulary instruction (tier 1, 2 and 3 words) AND wide reading

– Reasoning processes including cognitive and contrive schools

Standards referenced reporting
– Clearly communicate what students know, using proficiency scales (learning progression)

– Students track their progress over time

– Report status and growth on the report, can be converted to grades

Competency based education
– Timetable can cope with variety of paces (requires blended learning approach)

– Adjusting reporting systems accordingly

– Less whole class instruction

It was a interesting session, a little US centric and a little marred by it being a Skyped in Marzano we were getting, which broke up a little at times. First world problems!

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