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Mexico Academy and Central SD, NY - PD 360 Case Study

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As the earliest secondary education to be established in Oswego County, New York, Mexico Academy and Central School District (MACS) now serves 2,500 students within five schools.
Read our case study to find out how they have used PD 360 and Common Core 360 videos to help train and support their teachers and paraprofessionals.

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Mexico Academy and Central SD, NY - PD 360 Case Study

  1. 1. PD 360 Case Study Small Rural New York District Prepares Paraprofessionals and Streamlines Observations “The New York State Department of Education has introduced new initiatives that necessitate more classroom observations, feedback responses, and aligned directions. Teamed together, Observation 360 and PD 360 are a great system for performing complete observations and meeting the required evaluation practices.” Mary Beth Horn Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Mexico Academy and Central School District, New York Profile Mexico Academy and Central School District (MACS) has been a valued institution since its 1822 beginning in a two-story brick schoolhouse called “The Academy.” Lower grades on the first floor and high school on the upper, it was the earliest secondary education to be established in Oswego County, New York. A small rural district in a charming area of farms and orchards, MACS serves 2,500 students within five schools and is supported by a wholly committed community. The district is based on a conviction that “all children can learn” and encourages students to be lifelong learners. Focus To ensure an outstanding education for all students, MACS is dedicated to professional learning. Current focuses are as follows: • Common Core Standards • Curriculum Mapping • Constructivist Learning Solutions MACS Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Mary Beth Horn is a vibrant, knowledgeable administrator who wanted an all-inclusive teacher resource and a comprehensive observation system. In 2011, the School Improvement Network’s Educator Effectiveness System (EES) joined the district instructional program with answers to their concerns. Common Core 360 Common Core 360 prepares educators to understand and implement the Common Core Standards. With a library of almost 300 training videos that include 70 in- class examples of teachers implementing the Standards, Common Core 360 is a valuable tool for teachers preparing students for college and career. Curriculum Mapping An internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction, Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ PD 360 programs such as Mapping to the Core and Curriculum Mapping demonstrate mapping major concepts, units of study, skills, assessments, and outcomes throughout the year.
  2. 2. Constructivist Learning PD 360 programs such as Creating and Sustaining the Constructivist Classroom and Cooperative Learning and Multiple Intelligences illustrate how constructivist teachers support student autonomy by fostering initiative and critical thinking, thus creating active and motivated learners. Ms. Horn states, “Outlining learning goals, implementation, and expected outcomes will have a positive effect on student success.” Implementation MACS began its EES rollout by training administrators and paraprofessionals, while teacher instruction will take place in the next school year. Following are some of the ways PD 360 and Observation 360 are currently utilized in the district: Classroom Observations MACS administrators are using Observation 360 to evaluate teachers in classrooms. The observation process will be fully integrated when teachers are trained in PD 360 to receive immediate feedback that includes relevant links. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) PD 360 will be used to enhance PLCs and advance comprehension of the data analysis process, such as gathering evidence of student knowledge, planning future action, and driving instruction and learning. Paraprofessional Training PD 360 prepares paraprofessionals with programs such as “Training for Paraprofessionals” and with online interactive communities that encourage sharing experiences and reflections. MACS paraprofessionals also have personal growth learning goals that include use of PD 360 instructional programs. “PD 360 has helped us personalize our paraprofessional training. Benefitting from the autonomy plus a multitude of strategies, they love it and their feedback has been very positive.” Mary Beth Horn Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Mexico Academy and Central School District, New York Benefits MACS administrators and paraprofessionals are already drawing on PD 360 for specific needs in classroom management and teaching strategies. Ms. Horn looks forward to extending EES advantages to all teachers and initiating Common Core 360. Dependable Client Service Delighted with EES client support, Ms. Horn affirms, “Working with School Improvement Network has been great. I appreciate their quick responses when dealing with our needs.” Renowned Experts Educators appreciate the easy availability of over 120 respected experts such as Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Gayle Gregory, Rick DuFour, Michael Fullan, and many more, thus eliminating the need to rely on costly conferences to learn from the best authorities. Differentiated Professional Learning and Instructional Support PD 360 maintains independent, differentiated learning with a library of over 3,000 videos targeting specific educator needs and experience levels. Educators always have flexible control of their own development anytime and anywhere. Educator Enthusiasm Good usage numbers indicate that PD 360 has been well received by MACS educators. The following responses from MACS paraprofessionals validate PD 360’s valuable influence. “I watched programs showing that inclusion can have a positive impact on the child with special needs to learn academically and behaviorally from peers. In the inclusion classroom, students are given the opportunity to understand the needs of others and discover their own capacity to give.” www.schoolimprovement.com | 801-572-1153
  3. 3. “After viewing programs on brain research and the impact on student learning, I am reflecting on how I can best implement the strategies for students with autism. I am looking closely at a few key points to focus on.” “The programs have reinforced my awareness of the importance of being effective, frequent, and consistent with bullying behavior. I need to support correct language and behaviors in the hallways by being more vigilant.” “A speaker in a PD 360 video I watched said, ‘It isn’t just about students knowing the answer. It’s about how students behave when they don’t know the answer.’ This made me think about problem solving strategies and how great learning also comes on the journey to finding answers. What I learned today will motivate students to be creative thinkers and problem solvers.” “The programs offered views on teacher/paraprofessional roles. I will set goals to be supportive, proactive to teacher expectations, and to apply good communication skills.” Conclusion Enthusiastic about the EES advantages such as PD 360 building teacher effectiveness, Observation 360 streamlining classroom evaluations, and Common Core 360 facilitating the Common Core Standards implementation, Ms. Horn knows the students will be the real winners. “The Educator Effectiveness System is making a difference in our district. Observation 360 increases educator understanding of formal observations and PD 360 meets individual needs of our educators. When teachers are exposed to high-quality materials, students benefit.” Mary Beth Horn Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Mexico Academy and Central School District, New York 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 Mexico Academy and Central SD, New York PD 360 Usage March 2012 – May 2013 Registered Users Collective Programs Viewed Collective Segments Viewed Collective Minutes Viewed Average Minutes Per User 299 1,188 2,446 13,725 50 www.schoolimprovement.com | 801-572-1153
  4. 4. 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 www.schoolimprovement.com | 801-572-1153

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