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HEALTHY CULTURE

WE BELIEVE IN A HEALTHY CULTURE

WE BELIEVE a successful healthy culture involves clear and consistent communication to provide us with a sense of belonging. Through emotional and vulnerable aspects of our culture we will invest in each other all while solving hard problems, and engaging in our differences and cultures of thinking.
                        
Our common goal is to deepen connections with our families, staff and community, deepening our appreciation for our diversity. 

Our healthy culture recognizes:                
  • We are here to serve
  • Our attitudes must honor and respect our learning processes 
  • We appreciate the stages of collaboration
  • We celebrate learning from our diversity and one another
  • OUR STRATEGIES WILL develop a healthy culture where the students, staff, families, and community partners are included and feel valued.
  • WE WILL MEASURE BY surveying students, staff, families, and the community.   

SELECTION



HEALTHY CULTURE  |  SELECTION



ACTION STEPS

TIMELINE
HC 1
Design a sustainable plan to recruit and retain staff with diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds to reflect our community’s demographic 

  • SPR 21
  • SUM 21

HC 2 
Design and execute a district-wide process to recognize staff for exemplary performance

  • SUM 21
  • FALL 21

HC 3Design and execute a protocol for forming teams to include: 
  • Identifying competencies needed of team members
  • An application and/or interview process for Equity, Titan Improvement Process, Student Supports, and Teaching/ Learning team members based on the competencies Select members for teams that closely reflect our community’s demographic
  • Establish clear purpose of the objectives of the team
  • Reference and utilize research-based practices such as team start-up guide from the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Ohio Improvement Process 2.0
  • SPR 21
  • SUM 21
  • FALL 21
  • SPR 22

HC 4
Identify and create a succession plan to provide for continuity through transitions.

  • SUM 21
  • ONGOING




ABOUT COMPETENCY SELECTION

Selection refers to the purposeful process of recruiting, interviewing, and hiring ‘with the end in mind’. Selection through an active implementation lens includes identifying skills and abilities that are prerequisites and/or specific to the innovation or program, as well as attributes that are difficult to train and coach.

TRAINING



HEALTHY CULTURE  |  TRAINING



ACTION STEPS

TIMELINE
HC 5
Create a learning module around norms of collaboration and ways of teaming that apply to Equity, Titan Improvement Process, Student Supports, and Teaching/Learning. 
  • SPR 21
  • SUM 21
  • FALL 21

HC 6Integrate diverse sets of values that promote open mindedness and acceptance as part of all professional learning.
  • FALL 21
  • ONGOING

HC 7Promote awareness and competency of healthy culture components that impact Equity, OIP, MTSS, and Curriculum through professional development opportunities such as a shared book study, guest lectures, multimedia presentations, and dialogue/discussion.
  • SPR 21
  • ONGOING

HC 8
Learn about the history of our country and Lorain City: 
  • Ethnic settlement 
  • History of Marginalization 
  • Recruitment and housing assignments by industry
  • Redlining 
  • Policing 
  • Economy 
  • Education
  • SPR 21
  • ONGOING

HC 9Design professional learning by modeling the principles of Universal Design for Learning: multiple means of engagement, representation, and action & expression.
  • SUM 21
  • ONGOING

HC 10Develop a protocol to differentiate meaningful professional development based on need for all staff.
  • SPR 21
  • FALL 21
  • SUM 22
  • SUM 23
  • SUM 24


ABOUT COMPETENCY TRAINING

All staff members need training in healthy culture to have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. Training through an active implementation lens is defined as purposeful, skill-based, and adult-learning informed processes designed to support teachers and staff in acquiring the skills and information needed to begin using a new program or innovation.
 

COACHING



HEALTHY CULTURE  |  COACHING



ACTION STEPS

TIMELINE
HC 11
Develop a train-the-trainer coaching process so that all staff can benefit from coaching in the focus areas of our plan.                                                
       
  • SUM 22
  • FALL 22
  • SPR 23




ABOUT COMPETENCY COACHING

Even with the best training, educators still need frequent, ongoing coaching to ensure successful implementation.  A 2002 meta-analysis by Joyce and Showers makes a compelling case for the need for skillful coaching. The authors noted that even very good training that included demonstration, practice, and feedback resulted in only 5% of teachers using the new skills in the classroom. Only when training was accompanied by coaching in the classroom was there substantial use in the practice setting.

SYSTEMS INTERVENTION



HEALTHY CULTURE  |  SYSTEMS INTERVENTION


ACTION STEPS

TIMELINE
HC 12
Develop and administer a culture survey to identify barriers for healthy culture from all staff. Conduct a root cause analysis to:
  • Identify cultural barriers
  • Determine which barriers have the greatest impact 
  • Revise action steps to address barriers 
  • FALL 21
  • SPR 22
  • FALL22
  • SPR 23
  • FALL 23
  • SPR 24
  • FALL 24
  • SPR 25

HC 13
Conduct a root cause analysis to:
  • Identify cultural barriers
  • Determine which barriers have the greatest impact
  • Revise action steps to address barriers
  • SUM 21
  • SUM 22
  • SUM 23
  • SUM 24



ABOUT ORGANIZATION SYSTEMS INTERVENTION

The purpose is to create and sustain an environment and conditions that support the new way of work. The goal of systems intervention is to identify and eliminate or reduce such barriers, or to enhance and sustain those policies, procedures, and regulations that facilitate the work at hand.

FACILITATIVE ADMINISTRATION



HEALTHY CULTURE  |  FACILITATIVE ADMINISTRATION 


ACTION STEPSTIMELINE
HC 14
Develop building focus groups to process survey data and root cause analyses to create actions to address the cultural barriers that apply to Equity, Titan Improvement Process, Student Supports and Teaching/Learning. 
  • SUM 21
  • SUM 22
  • SUM 23
  • SUM 24



ABOUT ORGANIZATION FACILITATIVE ADMINISTRATION

The primary function of Facilitative Administration is to create and maintain hospitable environments to support new ways of work.


DECISION SUPPORT DATA SYSTEM



HEALTHY CULTURE  |  DECISION SUPPORT DATA SYSTEM


ACTION STEPS

TIMELINE
HC 15Analyze student survey data to understand student and family perspectives of healthy culture.
  • SUM 21

HC 16
Use Culture Survey Results to progress monitor the health of the district culture.
  • FALL 21
  • SPR 22
  • FALL 22
  • SPR 23
  • FALL 23
  • SPR 24
  • FALL 24
  • SPR 25

HC 17Survey the community to understand their experiences within the school district.
  • SPR 22
  • SPR 23
  • SPR 24
  • SPR 25




ABOUT ORGANIZATION DECISION SUPPORT DATA SYSTEM


The Decision Support Data System (DSDS) is a system for identifying, collecting, and analyzing data that are useful to the teacher, school, district and other implementing environments. The system itself needs to live up to its name. It must be a data system that provides timely, reliable data for decision-making.


TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP



HEALTHY CULTURE  |  TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP



ACTION STEPS

TIMELINE
HC 18Develop expectations and a protocol for clear and consistent two-way communication.                
  • SUM 21
  • FALL 21

HC 19
Develop a data calendar that identifies the data sources for both plan implementation and the impact of the plan.
  • SUM 21
  • ONGOING



ABOUT TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP

Technical challenges are those characterized by pretty clear agreement on a definition of the dimensions of the problem at hand. Technical problems also have clearer pathways to solutions.  The leader can form a team, make a plan, make decisions, hold people accountable and execute the solution.


Technical challenges respond well to a more traditional management approach where problems are defined, solutions are generated, resources are garnered and tasks are assigned, managed, and monitored. A leader guides the overall process and is more “in charge.”



ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP



HEALTHY CULTURE  |  ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP



ACTION STEPS

TIMELINE
HC 20Develop a responsive learning environment based on the growth mindset.

HC 21
Share in a common mission by investing in each other’s growth mindset and sense of belonging to foster meaningful engagement and responsive learning environments that enhance our ability to thrive in a healthy culture.
  • SPR 21
  • ONGOING

HC 22
Develop an understanding that inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are valued.
  • SPR 21
  • ONGOING

HC 23
Promote and sustain a sense of belonging by valuing and practicing respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living.
  • SPR 21
  • ONGOING



ABOUT ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP

Adaptive challenges aren’t “solved” through traditional management approaches, because adaptive challenges involve legitimate, yet competing, perspectives — different views of the problem and different perspectives on what might constitute a viable solution.  In this case, the definition of the problem is much less clear, and the perspectives on the “issue” at hand differ among stakeholders.  Viable solutions and implementation pathways are unclear and defining a pathway for the solution requires learning by all. This “all” means that the primary locus of responsibility is not a single entity or person. These types of challenges require a different type of leadership and often require leadership at many levels.


HEALTHY CULTURE TIMELINE

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