A Clear Vision
At the core of effective schools is effective instruction: interactions between students, teachers, and content determine learning outcomes. This instructional core is strengthened and supported by strategic staffing, high-quality instructional materials and assessments, and positive school culture. Strong school leadership and careful planning encompass and ensure each of these levers.
The Effective Schools Framework consists of a set of district commitments and, for schools, essential actions. District Commitments describe what local education agencies do to ensure that schools are successful. The Essential Actions describe what the most effective schools do to support powerful teaching and learning.
STRONG SCHOOL LEADERSHIP AND PLANNING
Effective campus instructional leaders with clear roles and responsibilities develop, implement, and monitor campus systems and structures that are aligned to a compelling school mission, vision, values, and goals rooted in student achievement.
Developing campus instructional leaders (principal, assistant principal, teacher leaders, and counselors) with clear roles and responsibilities
Compelling and aligned vision, mission, goals, values focused on a safe environment, high expectations, and rigorous instruction
Focused plan development and regular monitoring of implementation and outcomes
Campus leadership retains effective, well-supported teachers by strategically recruiting, selecting, assigning and inducting teachers so that all students have access to high-quality educators.
Recruit, select, assign, induct, and retain a full staff of highly qualified educators
POSITIVE SCHOOL CULTURE
Campus systems support positive school culture through explicit behavioral expectations, school-wide culture routines, proactive and responsive student support services, and involved families and communities.
Explicit school-wide behavioral expectations and culture routines
Proactive and responsive student support services
Involving families and community
High-Quality Instructional Materials and Assessments
All students engage daily with TEKS-aligned, high-quality instructional materials, and assessments that support learning at appropriate levels of rigor.
Daily use of high-quality instructional materials
Campus leaders provide teachers with job-embedded professional development, including observation and feedback cycles, and access to time and data needed to reflect, adjust, and deliver instruction that meets the needs of all students.
Professional Development for Effective Classroom Instruction
Build teacher capacity through observation and feedback cycles
MTSS for students with learning gaps