Lindsay Adapted Tools
Lindsay Adapted Tools
Lindsay has been moving towards a competency-based model for over ten years. This started with the creation of a strategic design, which represented a complete revisioning of what learning should be like for all Lindsay learners. To complete this redesign, all stakeholders in the community were involved, including educators, administrators, parents, local business members, and city officials (see the document: beliefs for learning, a mini-documentary, or the book: Beyond Reform).
As Superintendent Tom Rooney has said, “There is an incredible team of principals, learning facilitators, and an entire board of education who are completely committed to realizing the vision for learning in Lindsay.” That shared commitment has led the team to collaborate with Transcend Education and Summit Public Schools to build a comprehensive, research-backed set of learner-centric Look Fors to clarify what actions learners and learning facilitators (teachers) should take to ensure a quality competency-based and personalized learning experience. The focus now is on continuing to grow educator capacity around this model. Lindsay used the Instructional Look Fors content to create clarity around personalized learning for its educators. Many of the concepts and continuous improvement processes Lindsay used along this journey are available here (“The Story” videos) and here (“Lindsay Leads” videos). Lindsay Unified was recently awarded $28.3M from the federal Teacher School Leader Incentive grant to pursue and improve many aspects of this work (learn more).
More tangibly this looks like Lindsay building a district-wide systematic approach to support its educators based on the Look Fors, which includes, for example:
A scope and sequence for educators to learn and engage deeply in the Instructional Look Fors
Site leaders will do a deep dive on two Instructional Look Fors each month for the next 1.5 years to build shared understanding.
After completing each deep dive, groups of administrators will walk through learning environments (classrooms) in an attempt to calibrate on the Look Fors they see and the feedback they would provide.
The observation protocols and processes will focus on observing learner actions (rather than the learning facilitators).
Learning facilitators (teachers) will have numerous optional opportunities throughout this year of mastery from the administration to become more exposed to Look Fors.
Once the administration is calibrated on recognition and appropriate feedback, they will invest in professional development to ensure that learning facilitators have the same level of clarity around the Instructional Look Fors.
A digital tool to support all learning facilitators in building proficiency around each of the Look Fors (in partnership with Empower, Better Lesson, Reading Plus, and others)
This will also monitor what professional learning is being completed and will link back to the Instructional Look Fors to ensure the experiences provided to learning facilitators are actually increasing their capacity and learner achievement.
In Lindsay, the belief is that the content must first be explored with the administration and learning facilitators before we begin changing the systems and structures. While the awareness and calibration is occurring, numerous members of the leadership team are deeply analyzing the site level conditions to better understand those that are owned more at the district level versus the site level. The conditions are also being added to all of the training documentation for learning facilitators and leaders in Lindsay. Once this clarification is complete and the administration has been exposed to the complete set of the look fors, sessions around how to design each learning community to ensure the conditions are being set for the actualization of the look fors will begin (more on the Lindsay partnership and potential impact).