Building Capacity for Urban Schools' Success
This program of support facilitates the development of a comprehensive plan for improvement, and follow-up of the progress toward this goal. The process includes:
Getting all of the school staff on board and ready to address change;
Assessing school needs, challenges and priorities based on accurate information while strengthening a culture of data based decision-making;
Breaking down a school's vision of change into a comprehensive and achievable set of actions and practices; and
Operationalizing indicators of school success, matching planning goals to indicator categories, and benchmarking results.
Building Capacity for Urban Schools' Success also provides school administrators and teachers with the training necessary for:
- Developing tools for creative inquiry
- Being researchers in their own schools, posing important questions and knowing where to look for answers
- Refining their planning skills and being able to better understand the implications of the data that are available to them through standard assessments
- Teaming-up with other staff, parents and community in order to improve educational opportunities for all children and youth in the community they serve.
Building Capacity for Urban Schools' Success initiates and facilitates the process of improvement in which urban schools want to engage. It involves a team of experts from the Centre for Urban Schooling, who provide training and work collaboratively with the school's staff. What is unique about this program is that a school's administrators and staff develop the skills to conduct action research: recommendations are not imposed on schools, but rather, are the result of a collective process of inquiry in which teachers' knowledge about their students, classroom instruction techniques, engagement and school culture are a fundamental component.