Transforming Understandings
to Transform Practice
A Professional Learning Classroom Residency
Model




Charlotte Butler, ...
Who are we?




  Here is a small quot;snapshotquot; of the
      students in our district...
Fast Facts about APS
Total enrollment for our district is around 32,000

        Native American……….9%
        Asian……….3....
Where are we?         Denver
                International Airport
APS LEADERSHIP
SUCCESSION CONTINUUM
Building Capacity at Every Level
APS VISION FOR
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
Theory of Action: The greatest impact on student
achievement is the knowledge and ski...
APS VISION FOR COACHING
Professional Learning Support within a
Standards-based Instructional System

• Capacity-building m...
APS VISION FOR INSTRUCTIONAL
TECHNOLOGY
Integrated Technology-rich
Environments to Support Instruction


    Technology is...
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING LABORATORY
CLASSROOM RESIDENCY
What is an LCR?

• Extended time for immersion in
Readers/Writers Wor...
Readers/Writers Workshop with integrated
        technology to support instruction




Inside Readers/Writers Workshop
Reflecting on practice: Examining   Reflecting on practice: Finding
     a reading demonstration         evidence of stude...
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
LCR ALUMNI NETWORK
Sustaining & extending the
learning

                                          LC...
Inside the LCR Alumni Network
ONE-WEEK RESIDENCIES
Support for entry-level
professional learning
                                        LCR
           ...
5TH BLOCK LCR
Making the most of summer
learning opportunities

                                              LCR
        ...
Making the most of summer learning
         opportunities – Biaze




Inside the 5th block LCR
Support for professional learning

SECONDARY LITERACY
LCR NETWORK
Professional Learning Laboratory
Classroom Residency Network
                                                             ...
Teacher Development: A Principal’s
           Perspective – Linda




How is this working to build
         capacity?
BUILDING CAPACITY IN
SCHOOLS
Investing in the knowledge and
skills of teachers through LCR
residencies
             LCR Re...
MOVING UP THE LEADERSHIP
CONTINUUM
“Where are they now?”

                  Demonstration
                                ...
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Depth of Reflective Practice:
Evidence of developing leadership
capacity
    Sean – I have learned abou...
For information or to arrange a visit:

Charlotte A. Butler
  Instructional
  Coordinator, Secondary
  Literacy
  Aurora P...
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  1. 1. Transforming Understandings to Transform Practice A Professional Learning Classroom Residency Model Charlotte Butler, Instructional Coordinator Secondary Literacy Cari Roberts, District Coach/LCR Instructor Michelle Otte, District Coach/5th Block LCR Instructor Ivan Duran, Director, Instructional Technology Linda Damon, Director, Professional Learning Susan Olezene, Director, Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Learning
  2. 2. Who are we? Here is a small quot;snapshotquot; of the students in our district...
  3. 3. Fast Facts about APS Total enrollment for our district is around 32,000 Native American……….9% Asian……….3.9% Black……….20.5% Hispanic……….49.6% White……….25.1% We are the sixth-largest district in Colorado.  Our students come from over 100 countries and speak more  than 90 languages. Second language learners make up 36% of our student  population. 80% of those speak Spanish as their first language. 54% of our students receive free or reduced lunch 
  4. 4. Where are we? Denver International Airport
  5. 5. APS LEADERSHIP SUCCESSION CONTINUUM Building Capacity at Every Level
  6. 6. APS VISION FOR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING Theory of Action: The greatest impact on student achievement is the knowledge and skills of the teacher ASSUMPTIONS CONSTRUCTS IMPLEMENTATION Theory of Action: Greatest Teaching-Learning Cycle: Systematic impact on student achievement Assess, Evaluate, Plan, Teach is knowledge and skills of the and monitor teacher Brian Cambourne’s Conditions Desired Outcome: Learning 1:1 Coaching should occur every day for all of Learning adults Reading process Small Group Peer Learning Writing process Language development Reflective process Job-embedded
  7. 7. APS VISION FOR COACHING Professional Learning Support within a Standards-based Instructional System • Capacity-building model to increase collective effectiveness of the system • Standards-based formative & District level summative data to inform decision- making • Instructional leadership at every level Building as key to system transformation level • On-going, job-embedded support for professional learning and instructional Focus on Student expertise with a focus on results Learning • Supported by Coaching Agreement developed in collaboration with AEA • Clear separation between coaching and evaluation process
  8. 8. APS VISION FOR INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY Integrated Technology-rich Environments to Support Instruction Technology is a tool that  needs to be infused into teachers’ practice Developing and understanding  what is possible is essential – build the vision Consistent and ongoing  training is critical It is not about the tools, it is  about the learning
  9. 9. PROFESSIONAL LEARNING LABORATORY CLASSROOM RESIDENCY What is an LCR? • Extended time for immersion in Readers/Writers Workshop • District Literacy Coach instructor • Integrated technology solutions to support instruction • Hands-on, supported practice LCR • Reflective cycle video study of instruction & evidence of student learning • Selected professional reading, written reflection & case studies • Focused planning for transition to own practice in home building
  10. 10. Readers/Writers Workshop with integrated technology to support instruction Inside Readers/Writers Workshop
  11. 11. Reflecting on practice: Examining Reflecting on practice: Finding a reading demonstration evidence of student learning Inside the LCR Pedagogy Class
  12. 12. PROFESSIONAL LEARNING LCR ALUMNI NETWORK Sustaining & extending the learning LCR Alumni • Ongoing instructional refinement Network • Collegial study & dialogue • Connects theory to practice LCR • Online professional network component • Credit opportunity • District Literacy Coach instructor
  13. 13. Inside the LCR Alumni Network
  14. 14. ONE-WEEK RESIDENCIES Support for entry-level professional learning LCR Alumni • Entry-level professional learning Network • Focused study of Readers/Writers Workshop implementation LCR • Includes pedagogical study of related focus question • Literacy Teacher Leader instructors One- • District Literacy Coach support week LCRs for planning
  15. 15. 5TH BLOCK LCR Making the most of summer learning opportunities LCR Alumni • 5-week summer study program Network • Focused on accelerating learning for identified students • Includes refinement of district LCR initiatives, including standards- based grading, Response to Intervention & English Language 5th One- Development block Block week LCR LCRs • Credit opportunity • District Literacy Coach instructor
  16. 16. Making the most of summer learning opportunities – Biaze Inside the 5th block LCR
  17. 17. Support for professional learning SECONDARY LITERACY LCR NETWORK
  18. 18. Professional Learning Laboratory Classroom Residency Network • Collegial study & dialogue • Ongoing instructional refinement LCR • Online professional network Alumni • Theory into practice • Credit opportunity Network • District Literacy Coach instructor • District Literacy Coach instructor • Capacity-building model • Readers/Writers Workshop immersion • Integrated technology support • Reflective cycle study of own practice • Transition to independent practice • Ongoing literacy coaching support LCR One- 5th Block week LCR LCRs • 5-week summer study • • Accelerating student learning Entry level PD • • Refinement of district initiatives Focused study • • Credit opportunity RWW implementation • • District Literacy Coach instructor Teacher Leader instructors PACESetters
  19. 19. Teacher Development: A Principal’s Perspective – Linda How is this working to build capacity?
  20. 20. BUILDING CAPACITY IN SCHOOLS Investing in the knowledge and skills of teachers through LCR residencies LCR Residencies completed • High School teachers – 5 • Middle School / K-8 teachers – 31 One-week Residencies completed • High School teachers – 3 • Middle School / K-8 teachers – 14 5th Block Residencies completed • High School teachers – 3 • Middle School / K-8 teachers – 5
  21. 21. MOVING UP THE LEADERSHIP CONTINUUM “Where are they now?” Demonstration • 23 Classrooms in development • 11 Teacher Leaders • Other (ELA, SPED, etc.) 5 • 17 One-week Residencies • 5th Block Residencies 9
  22. 22. IN THEIR OWN WORDS Depth of Reflective Practice: Evidence of developing leadership capacity Sean – I have learned about myself that underneath a set of challenges and insecurities  is a good teacher, ready and willing to maximize student learning. Jessica - This was maybe the best part of the LCR experience…we  didn’t just observe a master teacher at work; we learned how to effectively lead workshop instruction ourselves. Kari - The authentic experience of the LCR is something I will  learn from for months to come. Amanda - I am listening to conversations that I have with others  around instruction, and I hear a different person. I hear someone who is confident about her understandings, someone who asks questions to get to the answer, someone who has kids at the center of her conversation more often, and someone who is patient and intentional. I love this new person that I hear.
  23. 23. For information or to arrange a visit: Charlotte A. Butler Instructional Coordinator, Secondary Literacy Aurora Public Schools 15751 E. 1st Avenue Aurora, CO 80011 (303) 340-0859 ext. 28346 cabutler@aps.k12.co.us
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