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Marion County Schools, WV - A Learning 360 Framework Case Study
 

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    • Learning 360 Framework Case Study Midsize, Rural West Virginia District Improves Instructional Strategies and Differentiated Teaching with Learning 360 Framework “Learning 360 Framework along with the Educator Effectiveness System components PD 360 and Common Core 360 have made a real difference in our district.” Jean Hinzman Title I Director, Marion County Schools, West Virginia Profile Serving 8,444 students in 23 schools, Marion County Schools is a midsized district nestled in the breathtaking Appalachian Mountains of north-central West Virginia. Almost 250 years ago, its commitment to learning began with one teacher and a handful of students inside a small log hut lit by sunlight through greased paper windows. That dedication is still strong as this competent school sys- tem provides every student with a progressive education. Focus To assure continuous growth and improvement, Marion County currently has the following professional focuses: • Common Core • School Improvement • Student Achievement • Data Analysis Solutions Marion County Schools Title I Director Jean Hinzman is a vibrant, hands-on administrator who is devoted to serving students and teachers. Searching for development resources, she attended a demonstration of School Improvement Network’s Learning 360 Framework. Ms. Hinzman adamantly did not want another “one more thing to overwhelm teachers” and when the program presenter Steve Olsen said “this is not just another add-on program” she knew it was her answer. She researched it thoroughly and then went to the schools for their input. She and the school administrators found Learning 360 Framework to be feasible and impactful. Its major components are student-friendly learning targets that are standards based and relevant, assessment that is aligned and supportive, and learning strategies that are rigorous and engaging. To provide solid solutions for Marion County focuses, Ms. Hinzman helped facilitate the purchase of Learning 360 Framework for its two struggling Title I schools and the
    • purchase of Educator Effectiveness System components PD 360 and Common Core 360 for all Title I schools. Common Core 360 Common Core 360 is supporting Marion County teachers and administrators as they incorporate the standards with a straightforward and practicable approach. The teachers find it helpful to observe real classroom examples that show how to implement the practices with their own students. Learning 360 Framework Marion County administrators and teachers endorse Learning 360 Framework because they have seen it improve student achievement and raise focus schools to success schools in their district. PD 360 Teachers in Marion County love the ability to customize their individual professional development with PD 360 while principals doing evaluations are happy with the capability to recommend programs dealing with individual teacher needs. Benefits “Learning 360 Framework really energized us and became a catalyst for more growth. Because teachers felt positive rather than overwhelmed, they truly enjoyed applying it in their classrooms. It opened up communication be- tween teachers and even across grade levels by providing common language and structure. They were excited to question, share, and support each other.” Jean Hinzman Title I Director, Marion County Schools, West Virginia Quality Training Ms. Hinzman and the teachers were delighted with the seventeen days of Learning 360 Framework training the district had and found them very positive and productive. “Learning 360 Framework trainers Steve Olsen and Gregg Morrow quickly became our cheerleaders, encouraging without intimidation or judgment and adapting the pro- gram to individual needs.” Jean Hinzman Title I Director, Marion County Schools, West Virginia Student Opinion 77 percent to 90 percent of Marion County students have rated school, classes, teachers, and teaching techniques as “improved” to “dramatically improved” from the previous year. Educator Enthusiasm As evidenced by their high numbers, Marion County educators are increasing their usage while finding relevant answers in PD 360 programs.ovement Marion County Schools, West Virginia PD 360 Usage October 2012 – December 2013 Registered Users Collective Programs Viewed Collective Segments Viewed Collective Minutes Viewed 180 474 1,755 14,645 Improved Achievement Marion County Schools is experiencing great progress as shown by the following data from two of its Title I schools. East Park Elementary School WESTEST2/APTA School/County/State Comparison Data All Students Year Mastery Reading Mastery Math 2008-2009 _ _ 2009-2010 32.89% 41.78% 2010-2011 43.63% 49.51% 2011-2012 46.27% 48.3% www.schoolimprovement.com | 801-572-1153
    • www.schoolimprovement.com | 801-572-1153 Watson Elementary School WESTEST2/APTA School/County/State Comparison Data All Students Year Mastery Reading Mastery Math 2008-2009 _ _ 2009-2010 36.42% 26.97% 2010-2011 49.63% 32.59% 2011-2012 37.59% 47.37% Conclusion Ms. Hinzman encouraged the innovative Marion County Schools to combine School Improvement Network’s PD 360, Common Core 360, and Learning 360 Framework with its own hardworking teachers and a strong collaboration. The union has resulted in a higher performing district actively preparing its students for college, career, and success. “Our schools were struggling before we introduced Learn- ing 360 Framework and the good news is that it is work- ing! An easy way to learn how to improve; it supports differentiated teaching plus fits well with Common Core, best practices, and school improvement. The instructional strategies are centered and balanced with a sustainable progress.” Jean Hinzman Title I Director, Marion County Schools, West Virginia
    • www.schoolimprovement.com | 801-572-1153 About School Improvement Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed the Educator Effectiveness System. This system delivers a process to improve teacher practice, and gives educators a set of powerful tools to drive the process. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System produce better teachers and, as a result, experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student test scores by as much as 30 percent in a single year. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at www.schoolimprovement.com