Principals should send the following electronic documents to the MAPSS team in preparation for the visit:
Principals should inform staff the MAPSS visit is to provide an objective view of the current state of the school. School faculty should also be aware of the date and to expect a MAPSS team member to visit their classroom.
Instructional observations are conducted in as many classrooms as possible. These observations last 15-20 minutes. Teachers should know the goal of the classroom visits are to observe active teaching and learning.
In addition, the teachers should expect a survey to be email from the MAPSS team prior to the visit. Individual responses of the survey will remain confidential in the report.
The Statewide MAPSS office will distribute surveys to teachers from the supplied teacher email list. It is the responsibility of the school to distribute parent and students surveys. The school leadership team should do the following to gather surveys:
Distribute survey links to students and parents:
The efficiency of the MAPSS team will be improved if wireless internet is made available in the rooms provided.
Designate room(s) for conducting interviews. The principal interview is typically conducted in the principal’s office and last 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Designate another room for the MAPSS team to use as a work space throughout the day. This room will be used for the MAPSS team to meet, input MAPSS data and work together throughout the day. This room must be separate from the room(s) designated for interviews.
The MAPSS team has created a sample interview schedule to guide the site-visit process. The campus will need to select who and what rooms will work best for the interviews. The goal of selecting who to interview is to ensure a truly diverse representation of your school.
The principal's checklist goes into the details of how to make the visit as efficient and unobtrusive as possible. This short list includes tips for getting the most out of a MAPSS visit.