Albany Junior High School
School leader of 1170 student school delivering awesome educational experiences to year 7 to 10 students. Leading 70 exceptional teachers and 31 passionate support staff.
After a time building relational trust and addressing mental models at use in the school, we introduced change through the High Reliability Schools (HRS) framework of Dr. Robert Marzano. Having attended the first US summit on HRS with Dr. Marzano, we are on a journey to become a best practice model for middle years education. Other change management processes introduced include:
- Shared visioning: Reviewing and replacing the previous vision and mission statement in collaboration with our teachers, parents, students, and Board.
- Increasing networking and parent meetings at our feeder schools, helping to grow our roll by over 100 students in one year.
- Implementing a developmental appraisal model and a classroom walkthrough process to ensure effective teaching in every classroom, something aided by our team of excellent teachers. We also introduced a common language of instruction and learning.
- Implemented the Teacher Learning Community process to engage collaborative inquiry.
- Identifying learning progressions to ensure a guaranteed and viable curriculum alongside critical vocabulary for each learning area.
- Surveyed parents and subsequently changed our reports towards standards referenced reports, including not only achievement towards National Standards but also progress (using effect size analysis).
- Increased our knowledge of co-creation through conversational intelligence methods and Lencioni's five dysfunctions of a team model.