The evaluation process should be progressive to incorporate overall planning, implement changes, which contribute to success. In order to focus on school climate and norms, the evaluation design must include the students, instructions, and outcomes to improve communication and building-level concerns to be address in this response.
School Climate and Social Norms
The school principal, other staff leaders, and personnel set the tone and the climate of the organization. Dr. Hunter indicated the learning environment should be positive, inviting, friendly, clean, and safe. Visitors should feel welcomed as they enter the school building. Dr. Hunter noted positive learning environment celebrates the diversity of the school population. The positive learning environment reflects the culture, belief, and values of the community, which is woven into the fabric of the school curriculum (Nolan, 2008). Dr. Hunter was certain the school represented a learning environment, which accepts and respects the attributes of all races, cultures, ethnicity, socioeconomic, genders, and students with disabilities.
Dr. Hunter (personal communication, November 4, 2011), as principal and the administrative staff stated it is essential to the success of this organization and community to develop communication. It is important for the administrative staff demonstrate a spirit of togetherness through the school climate practices and activities as well as model acceptance. Dr. Hunter felt it was important to ensure and encourage knowledge, collaboration, recognition, and value of individual.
All students, including students with disabilities, are encouraged to participate in school programs and activities. For example, students participate in the celebration of national holidays, cultural events, and musical concerts. Students are encourages to acknowledge and understand diversity and ethnicity through instructional and extracurricular activities.
Most importantly, Dr. Hunter (personal communication, November 7, 2011) made it a point to allow students with special needs to participate in all of the events of the school. Students with disabilities work in the media center, school office, and assist teachers as peer helpers. In addition, other students participate during morning announcement activities; recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the creed. It was evident that Dr. Hunter expectation for all students to achieve academically and make a positive contribution to the school environment.
Protocol for Professional Growth
Learning is ongoing and constantly changing. Dr. Hunter professional development program is consistent with the school mission. The mission ensures that teachers understand standards, practices, and procedures of the curriculum. Mandatory professional development are offered during staff meeting and weekly with coaches during planning for general education and special education teachers. One math coach and one English Language...