The aim of Class Measures' leadership and instructional consultancy is to support district and school leaders and teachers in the development of instructional methods that will lead to improved student achievement. Services range from collaborative, onsite school evaluations using a focused classroom observation protocol to professional development in reading and mathematics for teachers.
In preparing to provide consultancy services, Class Measures considers a number of factors. The consulting team reviews the culture of the district or school, takes into account the need to strengthen the commitment of all stakeholders to a common vision, and the capacity of the district or school to use data proactively to change.
Accountability for Learning-School and District Audits, Evaluations, and Inspections
This is an opportunity for ‘another pair of eyes'. Class Measures consultants typically spend one ortwo days in a district or school measuring the capacityto improve teaching and learning, using a standards based protocol. Experienced educators review student achievement data, interview staff and teachers, and observe learning outcomes in classrooms. Class Measures, in consultation with the school or district, then makes recommendations on how to improve capacity andstudent achievement. Visit the Accountability page for more information.
Teacher Licensure and Mentoring
Class Measures' Performance Review Program for Initial Licensure is for districts that want to improvethe professional standing of their teachers. Since 2003, Class Measures has been approved as a provider of teacher licensure by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.The two main components of the program are maintaining a portfolio of practice and a series of classroom observations. A Class Measures instruction consultant and a mentor from the district work closely with the teacher during the process. See page on the Performance Review Program for Initial Licensure (PRPIL).
Coaching and Technical Assistance for District and School Leaders
Research suggests that effective leadership is the real secret to improving student achievement. To helpprincipals be more effective as they deal with leadership and management challenges, consider Class Measures' coaching and technical assistance services. A Class Measures' coach can help a principal learn new waysof thinking about decision making so that alternative strategies become a matter of habit.
All Class Measures' coaches are former highly qualified and effective district or school leaders. They know howto improve schools because they have done it, some turning around under performing schools, some taking their schools from Good to Great.
School Improvement, Transformation and Turnaround Support
Class Measures School Improvement and Turnaround Support services are collaborative and continuous, and engage stakeholders in a process that will improve instruction and student achievement. Departments of Education and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) require that districts and schools participate in school improvement planning. Examples of Class Measures' school improvement services include: Strategic Planning, School Performance Assessment; Action Plan Development; Governance and Stakeholder Training; and Benchmark Monitoring.
Learning Walk Training
Do you know what is really happening in your classrooms? Do you have the ability to collect dataon teaching and learning, analyze it, feed it back to teachers, and make changes quickly? If you want toknow more about gathering classroom data to improve instruction, Class Measures' Learning Walk Training will provide your supervisors and principals with the essential skills.
Sample of Clients
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Department of Education in New Hampshire
The Office for Standards in Education (UK)
The Government of Dubai
The Supreme Education Council in Qatar
The National Institute for School Leadership
The London Borough of Ealing
The Enterprise Charter School in Buffalo, NY
Central Michigan State University
The State University of New York
New Bedford, MA public schools
Lynn, MA public schools
"I enjoyed the experience, professionalism and hard work of the Class Measures team. I was able to take away many ideas that will helpme grow professionally and make the necessary changes for our students and staff."
Gary Bell, Assistant Principal,Buffalo United Charter School, New York
"The organization of your program itself allowed for many meaningful conversations about teaching and learning."
Sandy Crawford, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School