Thirteen Cedar Rapids schools achieve certification in Marzano High Reliability School

May 14, 2020 12:53 PM

Thirteen Cedar Rapids schools achieve certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools 

Cedar Rapids Community School District is pleased to announce the achievement of Level 1 and Level 2 certifications in Marzano High Reliability SchoolsTM for a total of thirteen schools. Along with Franklin and McKinley STEAM Academy Middle Schools, the following Elementary schools have achieved Level 1 certification: Viola Gibson, Cedar River Academy, Erskine, Arthur, Johnson STEAM Academy, Grant Wood and Hoover Elementary. The following Elementary schools have achieved Level 2 certification: Coolidge, Truman, Garfield and Van Buren. 

The high reliability school (HRS) program was created by Marzano Resources to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research-based five-level hierarchy, along with leading and lagging indicators, educators learn to assess, monitor, and confirm the effectiveness of their schools. 

The HRS framework and indicators allow schools to drive sustained, positive impacts on student achievement by synthesizing multiple complex initiatives into one harmonious system. 

“As you move through the levels, it represents a complete transformation in how schools are run,” says CEO Robert J. Marzano. 
Level 1 certification indicates schools have created a “Safe and Collaborative Culture,” which is the foundation for every level that follows in the HRS framework. Day-to-day school operations are addressed and evaluated in Level 1. 

These operations are identified by eight leading indicators that encompass being a safe and orderly school, engaging in shared decision making, professional collaboration among teachers, creating opportunities for parents, students and staff to give input, recognizing and celebrating students and staff, and using resources to maximize teaching and learning. 

Level 2 certification signifies these schools have established “Effective Teaching in Every Classroom,” which focuses on the responsibility of both school leaders and teachers in ensuring high-quality instruction. 

This level is characterized by six leading indicators that encompass a clear vision for instruction, goal setting with ongoing support for teachers to improve their professional practice, job embedded professional learning and opportunities for teachers to learn from colleagues while reflecting and collaborating around effective teaching strategies. 

Schools must collect data and validate their performance to climb each level of the hierarchy. Certification is determined by Marzano Resources analysts in cooperation with school data teams. 

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