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