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  • What we have experienced in practice is that 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, using tools that have yet to be invented, solving problems we don’t yet know are problems. Our network’s willingness to intelligently ask, “What if…?” collaboratively with innovative, creative organizations, coupled with the research results that show the importance of continual networking and ongoing professional development, has resulted in an exciting and promising set of associations that truly have the potential to transform educational practice.Highlighted Networks…Oklahoma Museum NetworkOSU Arts and Sciences: Igniting a Love of SciencePutting teachers into a seminar with college professors of physicsProviding learning experiences to REAL STUDENTS!San Francisco Keeping Score EducationUsing the universal language of music as a teaching toolImmersing teaching teams in cross-curricular learningAll-expenses-paid seminar in San Francisco: Summer 2008National PartnershipMount Vernon EstateReturning to OSU for a celebration and exhibition
  • This is page 4 of section 3
  • 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

Pre institute 1 2010 Pre institute 1 2010 Presentation Transcript

  • Creating the Schools We Want for the Children We Love
    Oklahoma A+ Schools®Step 3: Pre-Institute 1 FY11
  • Introductions
    A+ Staff
    Participating Schools
    Why are you investigating OK A+ Schools?
  • Picture a Child
  • Eight A+ Essentials
    Multiple Intelligences ~ Enriched Assessment
    Experiential Learning ~ Collaboration
    Infrastructure ~ Climate
    Arts ~ Curriculum
  • A+ Essentials™: A Set of CommitmentsOriginally created by principals, teachers, and fellows of North Carolina A+ Schools
  • In the Beginning…
    The A+ Schools concept was initiated in North Carolina, where it began as a research model sponsored by the Kenan Institute for the Arts.
    Gerry Howell,
    North Carolina A+ Schools
  • History and Support of Oklahoma A+ Schools®
    The University of Central Oklahoma
    OK State Legislature &OK SDE
    Oklahoma A+ Schools
    DaVinci Institute
    Other colleges and universities
    Kirkpatrick Foundation
    Oklahoma A+ Schools®
    North Carolina A+ Schools
    Joint Research Team
  • Our 3-Legged Stool
    Professional Development
  • Statewide
    65 Schools 2010-2011
    Serving over 2000 staff and 21,000 students
    Including Urban, Suburban, Rural, Elementary, Middle and High School
  • Oklahoma A+ Schools Networking Occurs…
    Teacher to Teacher - Principal to Principal -School to School -State to State
    Regional Meetings
    School site visits
    Fall and Spring Mini-Institutes for principals, coordinators and new staff
    Growing number of schools = growing number of ideas and resources
  • 5 Day Summer Institute
    • Day 1 at your school at the end of school
    • Set agreements for safe learning and work as a team
    • Days 2 through 5 - Participate in sessions
    All day, everyday
    • Enjoy the collaboration, learning and the FOOD!
    • Leave on Day 5, late afternoon, ready to speak the A+ Language!
    There is no charge to A+ Schools.
    The cost is your commitment to the process.
  • Through the School Year
    • Mini-Institutes
    • Regional Networking Meetings
    • Pre-Conference Planning- Teams come to each A+ School to gather information to plan summer conference
    • Summer professional development including an annual Statewide Conference
    • 2 on-site professional development opportunities during the school year
    • Regional Coordinator visits through out the year
    • Partnership opportunities as they arise
    There is no charge to A+ Schools.
    The cost is commitment to the process.
  • How does Professional Development Occur in A+ Schools?
    A+ Fellows
    A+ Fellows are practicing teachers, artists, and specialists who spend a year in a guided-training model before they can become official, A+ Fellows.
  • Found Object Portrait
    Who is the typical student in your school?
    What are our long term goals for our students?
    Thinking in terms of our schools and our learning community, what do we need in order to reach those goals?
  • Dynamic Network
    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.
  • National PartnershipKeeping Score
    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.
  • National PartnershipMount Vernon Estate
    George Washington
    Teaching Ambassador Program
  • International PartnershipLondon
    Creating a model exchange program between A+ and London schools.
    “Like a light being turned on in the discussion of our own practices.”
    -London Teacher
  • Dynamic Network
  • Oklahoma A+ Schools®Research results are clear:
    • 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
  • Comparison of A+ Schools with their District Averages
    API Scores for ALL students
    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.
  • What drives engagement and leads to these results?
    Principal Leadership
    Faculty Engagement
    Professional Development
  • Independent Analysis conducted by the Oklahoma City Public Schools’ Planning, Research and Evaluation Department
    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
  • StudentSurveyData
    Oklahoma A+ students indicated
    that they find their schoolwork
    (on a scale of 1 = Never to 5 = Always):
    (Average = 3.86)
    (Average = 3.57)
    (Average = 3.55)
    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.
    A+ Schools’ research team confirms what Seymour Papert said - students engaged in this type of learning are having “hard fun.”
  • Sir Ken Robinson
    World renowned expert
    on education and creativity
    A+ Schools is a groundbreaking program emphasizing the arts as a way of teaching a wide variety of disciplines within the curriculum.
    -The Element (Sir Ken Robinson, 2009)
  • At the Summer Institute…
    The A+ Essentials™ provide the framework for…
    • Whole school experiences in the Arts and Multiple Intelligences
    • Whole school curriculum planning
    • Collaborative planning time developing units
    • Networking with peers in like positions
    • Elective sessions to pursue interests
    • Team time to share ideas with your staff
  • OK A+:
    Developing schools that encourage creativity, innovation and critical thinking for the 21st century learner
  • Contact information:
    Jean Hendrickson
    Executive Director
    Rosalynn Wade
    Program Directorrwade@uco.edu
    Genie Reiman Alissa Crawford
    Regional Coordinator Regional Coordinatorgreiman@uco.eduacrawford1@uco.edu