Student Achievement. In education, and my role, these two words pack quite a punch. They're the focus of my work as an Instructional Coach and ultimately how I will be evaluated. Student achievement is a complex idea that includes the areas of academics, essential life skills, and community responsibilities. The past three days I've been in two separate workshops with Steve Barkley, both of which related to Teacher Leadership. During the workshops, Barkley stressed the importance of defining student achievement and through backwards planning, identifying what changes your system will make, and steps it will take, to achieve these goals.
While I have my own definition of student achievement, one activity I would like to do at the beginning of the coming school year is sit with my building's teachers and together come up with a collective definition of student achievement. Having this definition, along with our CSIP (Comprehensive School Improvement Plan), will guide our decision making, and my work with teachers.
How would you and your PLC (or system) define student achievement?