Where Does It Live? Building Systems and Structures Around What You Believe Chris Lehmann Science Leadership Academy
Project-Based Learning Student-Centered Learning Numeracy Differentiated Instruction 21st Century Literacy Edu-Speak Direct InstructionAuthentic Assessment Standards-Driven Instruction Accountability Life-Long Learning
Mission StatementsShould Do Their Job
We Deny Words Power When They Are Not Embedded In Practice
Discussion:What Is Your VisionFor Your School?
SLA Mission Statement• "How do we learn?"• "What can we create?"• "What does it mean to lead?"These three essential questions form the basis of instruction at the Science Leadership Academy(SLA), a Philadelphia high school opened in September 2006. SLA is built on the notion that inquiry isthe very ﬁrst step in the process of learning. Developed in partnership with The Franklin Instituteand its commitment to inquiry-based science, SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatorycurriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLAlearn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research,collaboration, presentation and reﬂection are emphasized in all classes.The structure of the Science Leadership Academy reﬂects its core values, with longer class periodsto allow for more laboratory work in science classes and performance-based learning in all classes. Inaddition, students in the upper grades have more ﬂexible schedules to allow for opportunities fordual enrollment programs with area universities and career development internships in laboratoryand business settings, as well as with The Franklin Institute.At SLA, learning is not just something that happens from 8:30am to 3:00pm, but a continuousprocess that expands beyond the four walls of the classroom into every facet of our lives.
What Is Implied: The Ethic of Care (yes, we’re planning on updating the mission.)
Hiring SchedulingCurriculum Administration Systems and Structures Parent RelationsProfessional Food ServiceDevelopment Assessment
Say What You Do And Do What You Say
Caring InstitutionsWe Teach Kids, Not Subjects
Common Language ofTeaching and Learning
TraditionalClassrooms:Recall-Based Tests Homework Projects Class Participation
The Schools We Need:Understanding- Driven Projects Homework Class Participation Tests & Quizzes
ILPs and Capstones
Break-Out:Examine One to Three Systems orStructures of Your School or Classroom.How can you change them to betterreﬂect your values / mission?
Conversations:• Who are the stakeholders?• How can they be brought into this vision?• What fears do you need to address?• How will the student voice be part of the discussion?
Hard Questions:• What is the worst consequence of your best idea?• How can you mitigate them?• What are the obstacles to this change?• How can you overcome them?
Life Questions:• How are the lives of teachers different in this model?• How are the students’ lives different?• How will you deal with the change?
Creating Change What is the action plan to move the systems andstructures of your school / classroom closer to the values you espouse? • One month plan • One year plan • Three year plan
Be Willing to Be Transformed We Have So Much Left to Learn