School Improvement Team

SchoolImprovement Team

SchoolImprovement Team

Thestatistics show that absenteeism for both teachers and students ishigh the dropout level is alarming as well. The members brainstormedsome solutions creating remediation time at the end of school andchanging the truancy policy to include suspension for truancy wereamong the positive ones. The truancy policy change makes both thestudents and parents understand that absence is not acceptable. Asolution that is less likely to work is meeting students and tellingthem that attending class is important. This paper will elaborate onthe solutions and suggest the changes that need to happen for theschool to improve.

Creatingremediation after school helps students to catch up with studies insubjects where they are failing. The achievement levels will increaseif students who have previously been missing school get remedialclasses to learn what they missed. Changing the truancy policy willhelp in reducing absenteeism. Students will prefer attending schoolthan getting the harsh consequences of absenteeism. Parents will takepro-active measures to make sure that their children do not missschool once suspension rules apply.

Asolution that is less likely to work is meeting with the students andtelling them that attending school is important. Stating that tostudents will obviously not work since people hardly respond toverbal warnings as compared to set rules. Learners may choose toignore the verbal warning since there are no consequences if theyfail to adhere to the advice. There is no parent involvement in thisprocedure since the student may fail to mention that they got awarning for the parents. This solution will not signify seriousnesson the part of the school administration if students are to change,they need to know that the institution is taking the issue ofabsenteeism seriously.

Theschool will not achieve satisfactory results until they takeimpressive steps to curb truancy for both teachers and students, thereason is the high level of absence, class disruptions, and dropoutas the data shows. Teachers need to meet with the schooladministration and talk about the issue of absenting themselves fromschool. Consequences for teachers who fail to attend school withoutformally informing the management of their absenteeism should happen.They should be given verbal warnings, which are recorded in theirfiles if the warnings exceed three, they should be suspended.Parents need to write permission slips for their children if theymust miss school for unavoidable circumstances.

Rootcause analysis entails identifying factors that cause low performanceand coming up with a process of improvement (Barsalou, 2014). In theabove case study, the members determine their problems as truancy byteachers and students, class disruptions, and high level of dropouts.The members go ahead to brainstorm for solutions, which includechanging the truancy policy, meeting students to give verbalwarnings, telling them the importance of school, and creatingremediation classes. According to Barsalou (2014),by identifying thecause of their problems, the school has taken the first step in therecovery process.


Barsalou.A.M.(2014).Root Cause Analysis: New York: CRC Press.

School Improvement Team

SchoolImprovement Team


Themeeting has some positives. One of the positive aspects about themeeting was the identification of the areas of improvement. Comparedto the accreditation that it has attained, the school was stillperforming below the anticipated levels. The second positive aspectabout the meeting was the united commitment to change and commitment.Thirdly, the timeline for the performance had been established hencethe goals of the meeting were justifiable under the SMARTcategorization.

Theplan did not consider the day to day operationalization. Most of thegoals stated in the meeting referred to the commitment to a changethat will be assessed after a prolonged period. Therefore, theplanners focused on a seemingly straight sailing while the actualreality was dependent on the bumps encountered. Instead of planningfor the day to day occurrences, the long term planning was bound tobe affected by the contingencies. Secondly, the goals of the meetingwere less realistic since they were not developed by experts in someof the fields. For instance, the goal on simply calling the truantstudents and educating them on importance of education is flawed andunrealistic since lack of information is possibly not linked to thehigh rates of absenteeism manifested in the school. A social workercould have brought more expertise on the best cause of action sincemost of the truancy is linked to unstable families.

Theplanning process ought to change such that there is a more flexibleplan with a continuous review of the progress. A flexible plan oughtto have provisions for adjustments. The organization ought to createa variation on the assessment of the teachers, motivation of both thefaculty and students as well as creation of cooperation between theteachers and students.


Themyth of the average is based on the perception that being mediocre isgood enough in the academics. However, this myth is misleading inthat each person has suitability in a given field. For instance,there are potentials for the creative development of all people.Being average in school propels the notion that the average mind isacceptable and lauded in some cases. The average Joe mentality hasbeen developed by the school system when the government andregulators accept the mediocre performance in school work. Theaverage student cannot be able to reach the required levels ofperformance since there is no push for improvement. The improvementin any class setting is continuous. As a principal, the performanceof the staff has to improve at all times. The principal ought toprovide training opportunities for all the staff as a way ofincreasing the overall performance. Additionally, the principal hasto evaluate the teacher and supervise their performance.

Theability of the people to perform in their respective jobs is closelytied to the external factors. Therefore, motivation of the individualis not in itself difficult. Identifying the reason for the motivationcan prove to be the challenge and hallmark of success as a motivator.Leadership is all about inspiration of the workers to act in a givenmanner. The ability to inspire gives the followers or subjects thewillingness to act regardless of the incentives that the systempromises the people. The reward based system of motivation could bechallenging in a school setting since the people reach a certainlevel when the reward, positive or negative, no longer matter in thegeneration of a desire to act.


Inspirationcreates deep levels of desire to act or motivation and it is personalin nature. There is a less likelihood that they will be swayed by theincentives advanced to them. Consequently, the organization has thepotential of creating a system that will hold and will not beaffected by the actions assumed by the other people. The inspiredpeople are often willing to take the most inconveniences in order forthem to reach their desired goals. Personal sacrifices are undertakenin order for the individual to attain the required level of successthat the leader inspires him or her to attain. The leaders that arecapable of inspiring the supporters to work along a certain line ofthought have the potential of creating the team and a systemcomprising of individuals who are keen on the gains of the whole asopposed to the individual and selfish gains prompted by thecarrot/stick motivation style

DavidKelly argues that the organization has the potential of attainingrelevant levels of success if the improvement is based on the designthinking. Therefore, the design thinking seeks to create systems thatwill be effective in the attainment of the appointed goal. Therefore,design thinking seeks to consider the goals of the whole as opposedto the needs of the individual. The holistic thinking is the main areof similarity between the two talks. Consequently, the ability tounderstand the basis of action will ensure that the organization hasattained high levels of success. The systems approach to the schoolwill ensure that the schools have attained the high levels of successas opposed to looking at the individual parts and departments.However its operationalization may be difficult.