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  • School has been organized around the dissemination of information: You have classrooms, and you give information to kids. But I think people have known for a long time that active learning is better. David Cavallo , PhD, MIT, Co-Director MIT’s Future of Learning Group Dawn
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  • Discovering The Power Of Hard Fun Swc Online

    1. 1. Discovering the Power of Hard Fun Oklahoma A+ Schools ®
    2. 2. Who are we? <ul><li>Oklahoma A+ Schools ® was conceived in North Carolina where it began as a research model sponsored by the Kenan Institute for the Arts. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1998, the Kirkpatrick Foundation provided support through the DaVinci Institute to identify the country’s most successful education reform models. When a joint research team from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University identified the North Carolina A+ Schools’ Program as one with great potential for replication in Oklahoma, the initiative was born. </li></ul><ul><li>  Since 2002, OK A+ has and continues to advance a quality whole school experience to nurture the creativity in every learner. </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul>Our 3-Legged Stool Research Networking
    4. 4. <ul><ul><li>60 Schools 2009-2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serving over 1,800 staff and 19,000 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Including Urban, Suburban, Rural, Elementary, Middle and High School </li></ul></ul>Statewide
    5. 5. OK A+ has become the “go-to” network for numerous efforts and entities ready to work on educational issues with like-minded individuals pre-disposed to think differently about their roles in preparing our students for life in a society we can only imagine. Dynamic Network
    6. 6. <ul><li>Keeping Score is the San Francisco Symphony’s national, multi-year program designed to make classical music more accessible to people of all ages and musical backgrounds of music. </li></ul>National Partnership
    7. 7. National Partnership Mount Vernon is providing Oklahoma educators with access to Mount Vernon’s existing and new educational programs through the use of the teacher ambassador program.
    8. 8. <ul><li>Creating a model exchange program between A+ and London schools. </li></ul>International Partnership “ Like a light being turned on in the discussion of our own practices.” - London Teacher
    9. 9. Dynamic Network
    10. 10. 21 st Century Skills <ul><li>English, reading or language arts </li></ul><ul><li>World languages </li></ul><ul><li>Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>Geography </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Government and Civics </li></ul><ul><li>Global awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Civic literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Health literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity and Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking and Problem Solving </li></ul><ul><li>Communication and Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Information Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Media Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility And Adaptability </li></ul><ul><li>Initiative And Self-direction </li></ul><ul><li>Social And Cross-cultural Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity And Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership And Responsibility </li></ul>
    11. 11. Eight A+ Essentials A+ Essentials™: A Set of Commitments Originally created by principals, teachers, and fellows of North Carolina A+ Schools Arts In A+ Schools the arts are: * taught daily *inclusive of drama, dance, music, visual art and writing *integrated *valued as essential to learning *included in planning *practiced *a part of personal experience Curriculum In A+ Schools curriculum is addressed through the use of: *mapping that reflects alignment *thematic webbing *development of essential questions *creation and use of interdisciplinary thematic units *cross-curricular integration Experiential Learning In A+ Schools experiential learning: *is grounded in arts-based instruction *is a creative process *acknowledges entry points *includes differentiated instruction *provides multi-faceted assessment opportunities Multiple Intelligences In A+ Schools multiple learning pathways are: *used within planning & assessment *understood by students and parents *studied, and new research is explored by teachers *creating balanced learning opportunities Enriched Assessment In A+ Schools enriched assessment: *is on-going *is designed for learning *is used as documentation *is a reflective practice *helps meet school system requirements *is used to self -assess by teachers and students Collaboration In A+ Schools collaboration: *is intentional *occurs within & outside of school *occurs during planning time: classroom teachers with arts teachers *occurs with teachers, students, families, the community, & local businesses *includes broad-based leadership Infrastructure In A+ Schools infrastructure supports the philosophy by: *addressing logistics such as schedules that support planning time *providing appropriate space for the arts *continually developing faculty commitment * creating a shared vision *providing related professional development *continual team building Climate In A+ Schools climate improves because: *teachers can manage the arts in their classrooms *stress is reduced *teachers are treated as professionals *morale improves *excitement about the program grows *A+ whole school reform is invigorating
    12. 12. Eight A+ Essentials <ul><li>Experiential Learning ~ Collaboration </li></ul>A+ Essentials™: A Set of Commitments Originally created by principals, teachers, and fellows of North Carolina A+ Schools Multiple Intelligences ~ Enriched Assessment Arts ~ Curriculum Infrastructure ~ Climate
    13. 13. <ul><li>Higher achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Better attendance for students and teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer disciplinary problems in schools </li></ul><ul><li>Happier , more effective educators </li></ul><ul><li>Joyful , engaged students </li></ul><ul><li>More parent and community involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Creative , focused instruction </li></ul>Oklahoma A+ Schools ® Research Results
    14. 14. <ul><li>“… the arts made schools fundamentally more enjoyable places to be and learn.” </li></ul><ul><li>George Noblit, NC A+ Researcher </li></ul>Original artwork Reflecting on an A+ Essential for the inaugural Oklahoma A+ Schools® Statewide Conference August 4, 2006. Created by: Laneta Going © 2006 Reflecting on the Research
    15. 15. <ul><li>2006 data from Oklahoma State Department of Education for Math Percentages, Reading Percentages, and Base API for ALL students indicate significantly higher average scores for students in A+ schools in comparison with their District averages. </li></ul>A+ Schools with their District Averages API Scores for ALL students School Comparison Research Results
    16. 16. conducted by the Oklahoma City Public Schools’ Planning, Research and Evaluation Department <ul><li>Do students in OKCPS A+ sites outperform their demographically matched counterparts who attend other OKCPS schools? </li></ul><ul><li>June 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>(Answer: Yes . With statistical significance.) </li></ul>Independent Analysis
    17. 17. Students were Matched <ul><li>Achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Race </li></ul><ul><li>Sex </li></ul><ul><li>Free Lunch </li></ul><ul><li>Grade </li></ul><ul><li>Special Ed </li></ul><ul><li>Second Language </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>The My Class Activities survey (MCA) was administered to 1473 students in grades 3-8 in Oklahoma A+ Schools during the 2005-06 academic year. </li></ul>Student Survey Data Oklahoma A+ students indicated that they find their schoolwork (on a scale of 1 = Never to 5 = Always ): Enjoyable (Average = 3.86) Interesting (Average = 3.57) Challenging (Average = 3.55)
    19. 19. People learn by actively constructing new knowledge, rather than having information &quot;poured&quot; into their heads. They learn with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful artifacts this is known as “hard fun.” –Seymour Papert Hard Fun A+ Schools’ research team confirms!
    20. 20. <ul><li>THROUGH… </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>School site visits </li></ul><ul><li>Fall and Spring Mini-Institutes for principals, coordinators and new staff </li></ul><ul><li>Growing number of schools = growing number of ideas and resources </li></ul>Oklahoma A+ Schools Networking Occurs… Teacher to Teacher - Principal to Principal -School to School -State to State
    21. 21. A+ Fellows are practicing teachers, artists, and specialists who spend a year in a guided-training model before they can become official, A+ Fellows. How does Professional Development Occur? A+ Fellows
    22. 22. <ul><li>Developing schools that encourage creativity, innovation and critical thinking for the 21 st century learner. </li></ul>Be Creative

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