How a Maryland district redefined school improvement

In Harford County Public Schools, we hold each of our 54 schools accountable for meeting the goals set forth in their School Improvement Plans. Accountability, however, is only one factor in the formula for school improvement. Support is essential, too.

The reality is that every school has different needs, and principals don’t have an abundance of time. So, we created three teams at our district’s central office — the Leadership, Central Instructional Leadership, and Central School Improvement — to provide support and services to our schools to help them achieve their improvement goals.

Each team reports to the superintendent and uses data to drive its decisions. Together, these teams are holding schools accountable and providing support for strategic planning and school improvement, data analysis, and professional development.

Phil Snyder and Renee Villareal – October 2016 (originally published in American School Board Journal)

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