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FY 10 OK A+ Schools Information Meeting for Website

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Information for schools exploring membership in the Oklahoma A+ Schools network

Information for schools exploring membership in the Oklahoma A+ Schools network

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  • 1.
    • Step 1:
    • Information for Interested Schools
    • FY10
    100 N. University Drive, Campus Box 97 Edmond, OK 73034 (405) 974-3779
  • 2.
    • Oklahoma’s only research-based whole school reform model
    • Encouraging creativity, innovation and critical thinking
    • Preparing Oklahoma youth with skills for the 21 st century workplace
  • 3.
      • A whole school model creatively addressing:
        • Networking
        • Professional Development
        • Research
    • FREE to network member schools.
    • Openings for up to 5 new schools
    • this year.
  • 4.  
  • 5.
    • A+ is NOT …
    • A one-time project
    • A curriculum
    • A grant
    • A+ IS …
    • An ongoing relationship
    • Research-supported practice based on the curriculum of the school
    • Service provided to A+ schools without charge
  • 6.
    • A + IS ….
    • A whole school model to nurture creativity in every learner
    • A framework supportive of other tools that schools adopt
    • Ongoing, site-specific professional development
    • A+ is NOT …
    • A model to train the trainers
    • The only thing schools do
    • “ Drive-by” professional development, out of context and without follow-up
  • 7.
    • Arts
    • Curriculum
    • Experiential Learning
    • Multiple Intelligences
    • Enriched Assessment
    • Collaboration
    • Infrastructure
    • Climate
  • 8.
    • A+ Fellows ARE …
    • Oklahoma teachers and teaching artists
    • Facilitators for professionals
    • A+ Fellows are NOT …
    • External “experts” out of touch with classroom reality
    • Presenters following a pre-determined script
  • 9.
    • A+ Schools ARE…
    • Committed to quality education for all students
    • Large, small, rural, urban, suburban, rich, poor, elementary, middle, high school, public, private and charter
    • A+ Schools are NOT…
    • All the same
    • Subjected to a cookie cutter approach
  • 10.
    • Higher achievement
    • Better attendance for students and teachers
    • Fewer disciplinary problems in schools
    • Happier, more effective educators
    • Joyful, engaged students
    • More parent and community involvement
    • Creative, focused instruction
  • 11.
    • Statistical analysis of 2005 data obtained the Oklahoma State from 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.
    Comparison of A+ Schools with their District Averages API Scores for ALL students
  • 12.
    • Do students in OKCPS A+ sites outperform their demographically matched counterparts who attend other OKCPS schools?
    • June 2006
    • (Answer: Yes . With statistical significance.)
    • Students were matched on:
      • Achievement level at first of school
      • Race
      • Sex
      • Free lunch status
      • Grade
      • Special Ed status
      • Second Language status
  • 13.
    • 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.
    Oklahoma A+ students indicated that they find their schoolwork (on a scale of 1 = Never to 5 = Always ): Enjoyable (7 item scale, average = 3.86) Interesting (8 item scale, average = 3.57) Challenging (9 item scale, average = 3.55) A+ Schools’ research team confirms what Seymour Papert’s research found- students engaged in this type of learning are having “hard fun.”
  • 14.
    • Year One: 5-day Summer Institute
    • On-site Professional Development throughout the School Year
    • Fall and Spring Mini-Institutes
    • Networking Events
    • Partnership Opportunities (like:)
      • San Francisco Symphony
      • Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Estate
      • A New Direction, London
  • 15. 100 N. University Drive, Campus Box 97 Edmond, OK 73034 (405) 974-3779