Sunday, February 12, 2012

Greatest Challenges in Implementation

Challenges in implementation:
1.) Coordinating time to meet with all administrators
2.) Coordinating the student surveys
3.) Collecting useful data from students, teachers, and administrators
4.) Getting the students who have been selected for the panel to provide open and honest feedback

I know these challenges seem a little surface level but I honestly feel that I have a lot of support from our administrators on this project, including the superintendent, so the challenges I will have are not at all terms of cooperation, but more along the lines of things that I cannot control.

I am really excited about this project and it's findings.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Action Plan

Action Research Plan: PBIS and how it is affecting campus climate

Goal: To evaluate how the districts newly instituted PBIS is affecting campus climate

Activity: Survey students and teachers at our (two) secondary campuses in order to evaluate how affective the PBIS system is.

  • Persons responsible – Zach Snow
  • Timeline – February 2012 – August 2012
  • Resources – Surveys (hard copies for students, online for staff)
  • Evaluation – Collect surveys and compile data

Activity: Provide evaluations forms for administrators for the purpose of them rating how they feel their campuses are doing

· Person responsible – Zach Snow

· Timeline – February 2012 – August 2012

· Resources – Evaluation forms for the administrators

· Evaluation – Compare evaluation ratings to the actual data collected from the students and staff

Activity: Form a panel of students to meet with face-to-face to have some discussions and get honest feedback on their feel of the campus climate

· Person responsible – Zach Snow

· Timeline – February 2012 – August 2012

· Resources – 10 students from each of our secondary campuses (chosen at random) and access to a meeting area

· Evaluation – Compare these panels to the data collected from anonymous surveys

Activity: Engage in reflection time about the findings from the data collected and the interviews conducted

· Person responsible – Zach Snow

· Timeline – August 2012

· Resources – Time to reflect, data collected, blog entries, meetings with campus administrators

· Evaluation – Compare the collected data and information and review it with each campus administrator

Friday, February 3, 2012

Action Research Details

Topic: How is our newly instituted PBIS affecting campus climate/culture?

Context: Community ISD's secondary campuses (1 High School and 1 Middle School)

Target Population: Administrators, Teachers, Para-professionals, Students, and Community Members

Selecting Sample: I will be creating surveys that will be made available to every secondary teacher and para, as well as every secondary student. I will conduct a panel study at the middle school and another at the high school (panels will be made up of 10 students per campus chosen at random from the student population). I will also use the venue of our "Community U" group (made up of parents and other community members) to get anonymous surveys from community members.

Rationale: I feel the more feedback we receive from as many stakeholders as possible, the better the feel we will have for our current campus climate.

Description of how: I will use anonymous online surveys for staff (using surveymonkey or something of the like) and hard copy papers surveys for the students to fill out (also anonymously). I was given permission from the superintendent to have teachers distribute the student surveys during the student's tutoring time (which is a built in 30 minute period each day). I was also given permission from the superintendent to survey a group of 25 parents and community members that meet together once a month to learn about Community ISD, this group is called "Community U". Another part of the evaluation process will be to take a look at the number of office referrals we had last year compared to this year.