School and Classroom Practices Study
The School and Classroom Practices Study initiates and guides all improvement processes over the three years. The study includes an analysis of the Human Resources Management System*, interviews/focus groups with district and school staff, students, and parents, as well as classroom observations. The purpose of the study is to gather data related to strengths and weaknesses in the school structure and in classroom instruction. Individual comments and observation data gathered in the study are anonymous; all data are presented in the aggregate (school level). Improvement strategies begin with a focus on school structure and classroom instruction.
Following the School & Classroom Practices Study, five annual components propel The BERC Group’s Three-Year Turnaround initiatives. Each year, these components advance administrators and educators toward expertise in the STAR Framework and STAR Protocol and Process. Training follows a gradual release of responsibility model. As administrators and teacher leaders become Powerful Teaching and Learning experts, The BERC Group gradually releases responsibility to create self-sustaining professional learning communities.
*Optional Human Resources Management Consultation helps school districts develop effective practices for recruiting, training, and retaining staff.
A Common Focus Each Year