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The Next Dimension

  1. 1. The Next Dimension Peekskill’s Continued Focus on Increasing Student Performance: Teaching & Learning Initiatives 2006-2010
  2. 2. Board’s 2008-09 Goals <ul><li>Goal One </li></ul><ul><li>Foster an environment that significantly reduces the achievement gap by providing all students with access to a challenging and rigorous instructional program, based 21st Century Learning Standards. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand programming in the Fine and Performing Arts, Math, Science and Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand the availability of technology tools and software to support student access to educational programs and curricula that exceed SED performance standards. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Goal Two </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain high expectations for a teaching-learning environment by ensuring all teachers have opportunities to continuously grow as instructional experts in response to a rapidly evolving, culturally diverse society. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Goal Three </li></ul><ul><li> Continue to monitor and evaluate the Caring Community Initiatives to ensure students and adults work and learn in safe, secure and nurturing environments. </li></ul><ul><li>Goal Four </li></ul><ul><li> Continue to establish multiple opportunities for parents and residents to engage in activities that support our schools and students. </li></ul><ul><li>Goal Five </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate the budget process to insure alignment between educational goals and fiscal resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand the reorganization of our schools to a two year phase-in project, and ensure the realignment of curriculum and instructional materials at all grade levels. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Focusing Simultaneously on Standards and Personalization Student Performance Family/Community Support and Expectations Rigorous & Relevant Instruction via Innovative Learning Experiences Student Effort
  4. 4. Focusing on Standards: Clear Expectations <ul><li>Create clear, public, articulated, and feasible common/ guaranteed core learning standards PreK-12+ in all disciplines, including technology literacy skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop descriptive criteria and models of work that meets standards; ensure students use the criteria/models to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-assess their own work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-adjust their work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect on their progress and set goals for improvement. </li></ul></ul>Standards Learning experiences Demonstrations of learning
  5. 5. Preponderance-of-Evidence Model to Assess Learning <ul><li>Develop/select frequent, common assessments to provide ongoing pictures of student progress and development that allow early intervention or acceleration, based on evidence of learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Broaden evidence of learning to include portfolios of exhibitions and projects, in addition to essays, quizzes and tests. </li></ul>Standards Learning experiences Demonstrations of learning
  6. 6. Provide Rich, Innovative Learning Experiences <ul><li>Integrate 21 st century learning skills – the new basics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity and Innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication & Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research & Information Fluency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking, Problem solving & Decision Making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Citizenship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Operations & Concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on 2007 International society for Tech in Ed (ISTE) </li></ul></ul>Standards Learning experiences Demonstrations of learning
  7. 7. Increasing Rigor and Relevance <ul><ul><li>Increase the academic rigor and relevance of what students should know through engaging students in learning experiences which </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commit to a knowledge core of major concepts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Demand high levels of thinking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Require active use of knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul>Standards Learning experiences Demonstrations of learning
  8. 8. Increased Rigor in New 08-09 Courses/Programs <ul><li>AP World History </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated Geometry </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-AP English 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-AP Computer Science </li></ul><ul><li>Aquatics </li></ul><ul><li>Intro to 3-D Mediums: Sculpture & Ceramics </li></ul><ul><li>Strings, beginning at grade 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Instrumental Music, beginning at grade 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Science Seminars – new Earth Science </li></ul><ul><li>WCC Intro to Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of new elementary science labs grades 3-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of new elementary accelerated math curriculum grades 3-6 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Accelerated Courses Minimum of 10 Faculty Positions Designated “Accelerated Staffing” High School, Middle School, Elementary and K-12 <ul><li>AP English </li></ul><ul><li>AP English Lit </li></ul><ul><li>AP US History </li></ul><ul><li>AP Govt Pol </li></ul><ul><li>AP Eur Hist </li></ul><ul><li>AP Biology </li></ul><ul><li>AP Calculus </li></ul><ul><li>AP Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>AP Computer Science </li></ul><ul><li>AP Spanish Language </li></ul><ul><li>AP Spanish Lit </li></ul><ul><li>AP French WCC Astronomy </li></ul><ul><li>WCC Adv French I </li></ul><ul><li>WCC Adv French II </li></ul><ul><li>WCC Business Org </li></ul><ul><li>WCC Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>SUNY Oneonta Meteorology </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Painting and Drawing </li></ul><ul><li>Astronomy </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Design </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic Science Research </li></ul><ul><li>Forensic Science </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated Algebra </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-AP World History 9 </li></ul><ul><li>8 th Grade Regents Earth Science </li></ul><ul><li>7 th Grade Accelerated Science </li></ul><ul><li>7 th Grade Accelerated Math </li></ul><ul><li>8 th Grade Accelerated Math </li></ul><ul><li>K-12 Art & Music Acceleration </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 3-6 Math/Science Acceleration </li></ul>
  10. 10. Science Accelerated Pathways 7th Grade 6th Grade 11th Grade 10th Grade 9th Grade 8th Grade 12th Grade Science 6 Accelerated Science 7 AP Bio or Physics Astronomy - College Course Chemistry + Honors Lab Alternate Days Living Environment + Honors Lab-Alternate Days Accelerated Earth Science AP Bio Astronomy College Course Science Research Year 1 Notes: All electives are based on enrollment and budget support . 3rd – 5th Grade Project Potential (in preparation for ASR) Science Research Year 2 Science Research Year 1 Authentic Science Research Meteorology College Course
  11. 11. Project Potential Math Accelerated Pathways 7th Grade 3 rd – 6 th Grade 11th Grade 10th Grade 9th Grade 8th Grade 12th Grade Integrated Algebra 2 & Trigonometry Integrated Geometry Integrated Algebra Pre-Calculus AP Calculus AP Statistics Each team will have an accelerated section. Notes: All electives are based on enrollment and budget support. Math Accelerated Advanced Algebra & Trigonometry AP Computer Each team will have an accelerated section.
  12. 12. 2006-2007 Art Program <ul><li>Basic </li></ul><ul><li>K-8 General Art, Introduction to Art </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing, Limited 3-Dimensional Projects </li></ul><ul><li>9-12 Studio in Art, Painting and Drawing, Basic Photography </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerated </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Photography </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio Development </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Painting and Drawing (Acrylics, Pen and Ink) </li></ul><ul><li>Community Art Shows </li></ul><ul><li>Group Projects (Mural Design and Development) </li></ul><ul><li>Illustration </li></ul><ul><li>Puppetry </li></ul><ul><li>Visits to Art Galleries (HVCCA, Storm King Art Center, Dia Center) </li></ul>Basic- Identical to previous year. <ul><li>Accelerated- Identical to previous year. In addition: </li></ul><ul><li>Community Arts Festivals (Art and Music Integration) </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated Instruction: Multi-level projects </li></ul><ul><li>Silk screening </li></ul><ul><li>Fashion Design </li></ul><ul><li>Watercolors </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerated- Identical to previous year. In addition: </li></ul><ul><li>Ceramics Studio (Grades 7-8) </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-media projects (performance art) </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Crafts </li></ul><ul><li>Sculpture </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Design </li></ul>Basic- Identical to previous year. 2007-2008 Art Program 2008-2009 Art Program
  13. 13. 2006-2007 Music Program <ul><li>Basic- Identical to previous year. In addition: </li></ul><ul><li>Recorders for all students, Grades 3-4 </li></ul><ul><li>Guitar for all students, Grade 5-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Chorus, Grades 3-4 </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerated- Identical to previous year. In addition: </li></ul><ul><li>Jazz Sextet, Grades 11-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Woodwind Ensemble, Grades 6-8 </li></ul><ul><li>Music Theory, Grades 11-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Music Technology, Recording Studio, Grades 9-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Music and Drama Interdisciplinary Projects, Grades 3-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Vocal Ensemble, Grades 5-8 </li></ul><ul><li>Composer in Residence </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerated- Identical to previous year. In addition: </li></ul><ul><li>Strings (Violin), grades 3-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Music Technology, Recording Studio, Grades 7-8 </li></ul><ul><li>Basic- Identical to previous year. In addition: </li></ul><ul><li>Keyboard harmony, grades 3-4 </li></ul><ul><li>Basic </li></ul><ul><li>K-8 General Music </li></ul><ul><li>5-12 Band </li></ul><ul><li>5-12 Chorus </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerated </li></ul><ul><li>5-6 Guitar Ensemble </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 6 Jazz Band </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 9-12 Jazz Band </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 9-12 Vocal Ensemble </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 9-12 Woodwind Ensemble </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 2 Recorders </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-District Collaborative Jazz Festivals </li></ul><ul><li>Artist in Residence </li></ul>2007-2008 Music Program 2008-2009 Music Program
  14. 14. Influencing Student Effort <ul><li>Support student self-management of learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach students how to self-monitor and self-manage </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure learning environments are designed to model and encourage the regular use of self-management strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence of student self-management initiatives include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Power of Peace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PBIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Westchester Mediation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caring Communities activities </li></ul></ul>Student Performance Family/Community Support and Expectations Learning Experiences Student Effort
  15. 15. Focusing on Personalization <ul><li>Ensure positive relationships – student to student, student to teacher, teacher to teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Insist on high expectations for every student, without limiting access to high level courses when students commit effort. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice “kid watching” to notice interests and potential talent areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Expand beyond-the-classroom-wall experiences, including service learning, project-based learning, and apprenticeships. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Project Potential Students 2007-08 Enrollment by grade and discipline           279 117 104 300 Total           127 40 42 15 30 8 168 20 50 17 81 7 152 68 33 28 77 6 92 33 31 22 24 5 103 57 17 11 33 4 158 80 11 11 55 3             Grade Total Science Math Art Music Grade
  17. 17. Ensure Accountability Includes Adults, as Well as Students <ul><li>Develop a level of professionalism that expects continuous learning and improvement. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional development for each employee group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuous improvement planning for all departments/programs, with frequent review of data re effectiveness of initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review, revise or redesign performance evaluation tools and processes for all employee groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Use audit reports (such as the PDK Curriculum Audit findings) to begin a cycle of regular program evaluation. </li></ul><ul><li>Insist that new initiatives include an evaluation of effectiveness. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Professional Development and Evaluation of Teaching Initiatives <ul><li>District Professional Development Committee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School Learning Teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Survey of faculty interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation of professional learning activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long term planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual goal-setting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Program evaluation of Finish Not Fail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommendation to intervene earlier (middle school summer 08) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PFA-District Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) Team </li></ul><ul><li>Revised non-tenured criteria and forms </li></ul><ul><li>New teacher mentoring with portfolio requirements at tenure year </li></ul><ul><li>Work in progress: tenured teacher criteria and forms </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Directed Growth Option </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement expectations and support </li></ul>
  19. 19. Budget Areas that Support Increased Rigor, Relevance and Relationships & Shared Accountability for Continuous Improvement <ul><li>District office and building budget lines: </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>teachers, PPS staff and other specialists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional coaches/department chairs, technology teaching assistants </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Textbooks, instructional materials and supplies, technology tools </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development including BOCES services </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum writing </li></ul>
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