School Improvement News July 2014

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Office of School Improvement and Federal Programs Trainings and Conference Dates 2014-2015

School Leadership Team Conference (Priority Schools)

  • September 23-24, 2014, (Waterfront Hotel)
  • February 23-24, 2015, (Stonewall Resort)
  • For more information, contact gplymale@access.k12.wv.us or your WVDE School Improvement Coordinator

Innovation Zones Writing Workshop

Title III Conference

Federal Program Directors' Conference

Attendance Directors' Conference


School Improvement Network

  • TBA for 2014-2015 School Year
RESA Summer Sessions Schedule


    Date      OSI Coordinator
RESA 1 July 22 Leatha Williams
RESA 2 July 23    Ryan Saxe
RESA 3 July 31 Glenna Heinlein
RESA 4 July 24 Leatha Williams
RESA 5 August 7 Brian Withrow
RESA 6    August 4 Nancy Cline
RESA 7    July 30 Kathy Hypes
RESA 8 July 28/29 Wendy Lochner
Additional WVDE Summer Training

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) Academy

  • June 24-26 - (Glade Springs)
  • July 8-10 - RESAs 5, 6, 7, & 8 (Waterfront Hotel)
  • For more information, contact jburdoff@access.k12.wv.us
Safe and Supportive Schools (S3) Conference

Support for Specially Designed Instruction (SSDI) Academy

Support for Collaborative Teaching Partnerships (SCTP) Academy

Support for Personalized Instruction (SPI) Academy

  • July 8-10 - (Shepherdstown Conference Center)
  • July 15-17 - (Bridgeport Conference Center)
  • July 22-24 - (Glade Springs)
  • For more information, contact coderman@access.k12.wv.us

Camp Gizmo

Spanish Immersion Camp

WVDE Technology Conference

  • July 14-18 - (Waterfront Hotel)
Math Academy Elementary and Secondary

Parent Involvement in Education

The evidence supports what we all already knew. Schools and families working together benefits everyone.

  • Students do better in school and in life.
  • Parents become empowered.
  • Teacher morale improves.
  • Schools get better.
  • Communities grow.

That’s the conclusion of A New Wave of Evidence, a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2002). The report, a synthesis of research on parent involvement over the past decade, also found that, regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to:

  • Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs
  • Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits
  • Attend school regularly
  • Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school
  • Graduate and go on to postsecondary education (see A New Wave of Evidence, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2002).

The school plays an important role in determining the levels of parental involvement in school. Specifically, schools can outline their expectations of parents and regularly communicate with parents about what children are learning. Also, schools can provide opportunities for parents to talk with school personnel about parents' role in their children's education through home visits, family nights, and well-planned parent-teacher conferences and open houses. In addition, the National PTA recommends that parent/family involvement programs welcome parents as volunteer partners in schools and that these programs invite parents to act as full partners in making school decisions that affect children and families. Read more.

Tech Features for the Classroom

Symbaloo: A free website you can use with your students where you can organize your resources, encourage student to student communications, and promote innovation while maintaining simplicity in teaching.

Once you have used any of these tools, please contact us so that we can share your experiences with otherprincipals and teachers.

Common Core Lesson Videos

America Achieves- http://commoncore.americaachieves.org/

PD360 On-Demand Common Core Training - http://www.schoolimprovement.com/blogs/free-videos/common-core-classrooms-video-1/

Engage - http://engageny.org/video-library

The Teaching Channel - https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?categories=topics_common-core

Hunt Institute - http://www.youtube.com/user/TheHuntInstitute#g/u

Southeast Comprehensive Center - http://secc.sedl.org/common_core_videos/

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 gplymale@access.k12.wv.us


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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