School Improvement News May 2013
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Administrators and Teacher Leaders
“Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other's fund of collective intelligence.” Mike Schmoker, Results
A Path to Deeper Collaboration for Educators
Transforming Schools Through Collaboration
Making Time for Collaboration
PLC Tools & Resources
National Education Association - Priority Schools Campaign - Educators are deeply committed to the success of every student. That’s why NEA members across the country are teaming with parents, principals, community organizations and elected leaders through NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign, focusing attention on raising student achievement in struggling schools. The work centers on five research-driven elements that lead to permanent systemic change: leveraging community assets, improving staff capacity and effectiveness, developing family and community partnerships, improving district and local association capacity and collaboration, and improving student achievement and learning. These schools' experiences can inform our practice in West Virginia. The NEA programs provide a vital free service to struggling schools.
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. Japanese Proverb
The WVDE Six Levers of Continuous Improvement
All Things PLC
Teacher Leader Brochure
Learning can be maximized when the experts take the lead... that is... when Teachers rise as Leaders. Unknown
Teacher Leader Standards
The standards consist of seven domains describing the various attributes of teacher leadership:
- Domain I: Fostering a collaborative culture to support educator development and student learning
- Domain II: Accessing and using research to improve practice and student learning
- Domain III: Promoting professional learning for continuous improvement
- Domain IV: Facilitating improvements in instruction and student learning
- Domain V: Promoting the use of assessments and data for school and district improvement
- Domain VI: Improving outreach and collaboration with families and community
- Domain VII: Advocating for student learning and the profession
P21 Common Core Toolkit: A Guide to Aligning the Common Core State Standards with the Framework for 21st Century Skills
The Foundation for Critical Thinking: Where to Begin
Teaching Rigorous and Reflective Thinking
Inquiry Based Teaching
Asking Effective Questions
The Visible Thinking Project, Harvard Project Zero
Making Thinking Visible, Johns Hopkins University
Office of Early Learning's Facebook Page
Say the Same Thing Using New Vocabulary
If you’ve recently attended trainings focused on the Common Core (Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives), you know the critical role that appropriate and aggressive vocabulary instruction must play. A fun, quick, and easy to duplicate resource is this one-minute clip addressing vocabulary. We know nearly all of our students are deficient in vocabulary—which is an indicator of a lack of background knowledge—which impacts fluency and ultimately comprehension. The most effective methods require few materials and no money. This video, College Talk: Improving Students’ Vocabulary, will provide you with some food for thought and possibly a new strategy for vocabulary instruction in your class. https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/improving-student-vocabulary?fd=1
Closing the Achievement Gap
The C.A.R.E. strategy guide is one of several online/on paper resources that is available for those who are working to improve the learning experiences of students who attend priority schools as well as other students who are struggling to achieve at high levels.
Have you visited the Principal's Toolkit? It is updated every week. There are school improvement resources for data collection and analysis, scheduling, articles, books, videos, forms and much more. No need to reinvent the wheel, find it here or contact us if you can't find what you are looking for.
| ... for the Classroom
Docs Voice Comments
Add voice comments to your students' online writing.
Mapping The Masterpieces
Google Lit Trips: Google Lit Trips is a website dedicated to placing story lines into a Google Earth tour. With something for every grade level K-12, Google Lit Trips is a great way to provide geographic context that coincides with stories students are reading. Students can also create a Google Lit Trip of their own to gain a better understanding of a storyline or showcase their knowledge.
A Teacher's Guide to Going Google: Intergrating Google Technology Tools Into the Classroom
The Google Classroom: Top 10 Google Tools
Hands-on Science Activities
Classroom Science Activity Videos
How It's Made
Fit For The Classroom
Free STEM Summer Camp Resources
While after-school learning and summer programs provide rich opportunities to keep students inspired beyond the classroom, we know that unequal access to these programs can contribute to disparities in student achievement.
As part of our commitment to STEM education for all students, we are excited to announce the launch of the Discovery Education STEM Camp - a dynamic series of standards-aligned curricula available at no cost to schools, districts, non-profit organizations, and parents for use as part of summer camps, after-school STEM programs or wherever support is needed.
STEM Camp combines hands-on labs, engineering challenges, digital investigations, and more - all designed to immerse kids in the grand challenges of science set forth by the National Academy of Engineering.
|Once you have used any of these tools, please contact us so that we can share your experiences with other teachers.
Where to find the Office of School Improvement in Cyberspace
- ONLINE: http://wvde.state.wv.us/schoolimprovement/
- TWITTER: @WVSchoolImprove
The Office of School Improvement has expanded into cyberspace to assist schools more effectively and efficiently. The SI website offers an array of online resources to assist schools in the development of their school improvement blueprint. As new items are added to the site, they are also tweeted for immediate use.
On the School Improvement website, Principals, Leadership Teams, and Districts can access the High Quality Standards and Data Collection Tool, Principal’s Toolkit, Culture Survey, IPI, Conference resources and materials, and other resources for instant integration.
Send us tools, materials, strategies, books, and articles that have helped your school improve. We will feature it on the Office of School Improvement website.
Instructional Practices Inventory in West Virginia Schools
Why use IPI?
- For overall school improvement in learning and teaching
- To increase student engagement with the curriculum and their own learning
- To use data collaboratively to help your school continue to grow
The West Virginia Department of Education's involvement in the IPI process has given teachers the ability to reflect upon their collective teaching practices, thus raising the bar of expectations toward higher level and deeper thinking, in addition to developing a more active and engaged student learning environment. WVDE’s continued focus on student engagement has expanded into 50 counties and the WVSDB. This expansion has allowed for more than 2,075 IPI coders to be trained and certified statewide. For additional information about the IPI process and development, please visit Dr. Jerry Valentine’s website at www.ipistudentengagement.com. *(Please note this site is still being developed, but will give you an idea of what type of IPI resources can be accessed).
**IMPORTANT** For those currently using IPI, data should be uploaded when completing an IPI coding. This data is used for research and continued development of the IPI process. To upload your data, visit the IPI site at http://wvde.state.wv.us/ipi/. To upload a WebTop login and password are required. Each coding should be uploaded once.
Courtesy: Glenna Heinlein, State School Improvement Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Must Watch Video
This is how we transform learning. A whirlwind of energy and ideas, Stephen Ritz is a teacher in New York's tough South Bronx, where he and his kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery -- and jobs. Just try to keep up with this New York treasure as he spins through the many, many ways there are to grow hope in a neighborhood many have written off, or in your own.
(Filmed at TEDxManhattan.)
Stephen Ritz teaches at-risk kids in the South Bronx.
Here is the link.
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