ISB ES Vision - The ROAD MAP

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The following slides represent the ISB Elementary School vision for 2008 and beyond. This deck was the second of a series of presentations on the vision and direction the Elementary School will be taking going forward. Its purpose was to clarify points from the last meeting and build understanding.

This thinking represents our current "temporary fixed position"

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  • ISB ES Vision - The ROAD MAP

    1. 1. Please sit with your TEAM ES Faculty Meeting Mon, April 7, 2008 12:00-2:00
    2. 2. Meeting Goal <ul><li>For each area : </li></ul><ul><li>Response </li></ul><ul><li>Processing Time </li></ul><ul><li>Concrete possibilities </li></ul>How? Build understanding of ES Vision by: • responding to some questions and concerns • providing concrete implementation possibilities
    3. 3. <ul><li>“ How can we efficiently deepen student learning?” </li></ul>“ What is deep learning?” “ How do we know what deep is?” “ How deep do we go? “ When have we gone deep enough?”
    4. 4. What is “learning”? <ul><li>ISB Definition : Learning is the primary focus of our school. Our learners develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes by connecting prior learning to new experiences. The most significant learning generates increased understanding and can be seen in our expanded capacities to analyze, synthesize, reflect, apply and communicate our new learnings in a variety of situations </li></ul>--ISB Vision and Guiding Principles
    5. 5. Surface vs. Deep Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, 2006, UK Becoming actively interested in course content Feeling undue pressure and worry about work Examining logic and argument cautiously and critically Finding difficulty in making sense of new ideas presented Checking evidence and relating it to conclusions Memorizing facts and procedures routinely Looking for patterns and underlying principles Treating a course as unrelated bits of knowledge Relating ideas to previous knowledge and experience No reflection on purpose or strategy Deep learning Surface Learning
    6. 6. What is deep learning? <ul><li>Shallow learning: acquisition of information </li></ul><ul><li>Deep learning: Creation of knowledge through the development of understanding . </li></ul><ul><li>Profound learning: Knowledge is converted into wisdom and where understanding becomes intuition. </li></ul>National Council for Leadership
    7. 7. We zeroed in
    8. 8. <ul><li>FOCUS </li></ul><ul><li>How can we focus our time and energy to deepen student learning? </li></ul><ul><li>COLLABORATE </li></ul><ul><li>How can we share our strengths to deepen student learning and stay sane? </li></ul><ul><li>INQUIRE </li></ul><ul><li>How can we develop a culture of inquiry to deepen students’ understanding? </li></ul>We established essential questions:
    9. 9. <ul><li>“ Focusing on the how and why of teaching will deepen student learning .” </li></ul><ul><li>What is this likely to mean ? </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers will focus on the “ the why ” of their practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers will focus on “ the how ” through powerful practices. </li></ul><ul><li>Curricular Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Core teachers : SCIENCE and READING only </li></ul><ul><li>Specialists : TBD </li></ul><ul><li>Resource personnel will focus support on the above areas </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>“ Focusing on the how and why of teaching will deepen student learning .” </li></ul><ul><li>How will this be supported ? </li></ul><ul><li>Provide the what: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easily accessible data sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading units of study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS kits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Huge budget for books </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Guide the how: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teresa & Kelly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. FOCUS responses <ul><li>Thank God! </li></ul><ul><li>Finally! </li></ul><ul><li>Seems straight forward </li></ul><ul><li>Great start </li></ul><ul><li>Positive about focus being on “how and why” rather than on “what” </li></ul><ul><li>Happy to focus on 2 areas </li></ul><ul><li>Working towards something that is more manageable. </li></ul><ul><li>The clarity of the recent focus is refreshing because 1. We are all working together for the same end, 2. It is small enough to be obtainable. </li></ul><ul><li>Sounds good just a few minor questions </li></ul><ul><li>Relief + glad for a common goal </li></ul><ul><li>Anxious about math--it is so important and no longer on the burner </li></ul><ul><li>I like “Keep it simple” </li></ul><ul><li>We’re in deep trouble--no idea where we’re going or how to get there. </li></ul><ul><li>Too many questions, not enough answers </li></ul>
    12. 12. FOCUS Questions <ul><li>Why reading? </li></ul><ul><li>Why science? </li></ul><ul><li>What about the rest of the curriculum? </li></ul><ul><li>How will we know when we’ve focused enough? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this part of the organizational and professional goal ? </li></ul>
    13. 13. Let’s Get Concrete <ul><li>Specialists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin Process of selecting Organizational Goal Focus (Go to cafeteria with Struan) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grade Teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How can Teresa and Kelly best support reading and science learning? </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Example *We would focus our time and energy on one grade level per day. (6 levels= 6 day cycle) PM: Collaborate with a class or two in Science Collaborative planning Other work (I.e. Curriculum or IS) AM: Collaborate with a class or two in Reading Workshop B Day (Grade 1)
    15. 16. <ul><li>“ Collaboration through distributed leadership will deepen student learning .” </li></ul><ul><li>What is this likely to mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone reflects on own strengths and contributes </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone reflects on challenges & learns from colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone takes responsibility for the learning of OUR students </li></ul>
    16. 17. <ul><li>“ Collaboration through distributed leadership will deepen student learning .” </li></ul><ul><li>How will this be supported ? </li></ul><ul><li>Tap into strengths, passions, interests </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Assistants </li></ul><ul><li>Teresa, Kelly to collaborate in science and reading </li></ul><ul><li>Tap into community </li></ul><ul><li>Team inclusion of resource personnel </li></ul>
    17. 18. <ul><li>Common vision/focus makes it easier </li></ul><ul><li>Dividing up the work is working in Gr 5 </li></ul><ul><li>The school is already good at this. </li></ul><ul><li>No common planning time for specialists--cannot collaborate. </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to collaborate outside the team--cross grade/specials, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Time to collaborate at different times during the year with grades above/below </li></ul><ul><li>PreK - 2 articulation, started 3-5 - positive!! </li></ul><ul><li>Specialists would like to be a bigger part of classroom collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>True collaboration provides a much stronger safety net, builds enthusiasm is often inspiring, and ultimately encourages best teaching practices--improvement of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Best for everyone because load is spread out </li></ul><ul><li>Open minds to work across teams & w/specialists. </li></ul><ul><li>Using community resources can be very time consuming </li></ul><ul><li>Makes us feel good for collaboration to be a primary focus. </li></ul><ul><li>Some find it difficult for teachers to entrust classroom activities to other team experts. </li></ul>Collaborate Responses
    18. 19. Collaborate Questions Don’t teams still need a team leader? Vertical? Big picture? Specialists integrated? How to tap into different strengths? Time? What is it? What is it? Distributive Leadership Collaboration
    19. 20. Let’s Get Concrete Example Depth Monitor Team learning Vertical Discussions Data Analysis Student Work Learning Reading Budget Name New Reading Science Science CIA Social Director Point Person Field Trips Agenda, notes N & B Name Name Name Name
    20. 22. <ul><li>What is this likely to mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Think deeply and critically about student learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions about student learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filter decisions through data and philosophy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take risks! </li></ul></ul>“ Learning focused teams maintain a culture of inquiry to maximize student learning.”
    21. 23. <ul><li>How will this be supported ? </li></ul><ul><li>Annelies and Struan to work with teams </li></ul><ul><li>Easily accessible data source </li></ul><ul><li>Fieldwork support </li></ul><ul><li>Five minute learning goal form </li></ul>“ Learning focused teams maintain a culture of inquiry to maximize student learning.”
    22. 24. Inquire Responses <ul><li>Help coaching and monitoring, protocols and norms. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently there are lots of nuts and bolts to remove in a team meeting before we can get to focused student learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Balancing the sharing information with the talk about deep student learning </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate 5 minute goal forms--not busy work and paper, forms </li></ul><ul><li>Struan being part of specialists team meetings would make it feel valued. </li></ul><ul><li>Like to take risks,--can only do that if we can create a culture where it is okay to fail. </li></ul><ul><li>We are trying to focus on doing less. . . But the inquiry piece looks like more paper work. </li></ul><ul><li>Teams work best under the umbrella of trust, respect and focused collaboration . . . </li></ul>
    23. 25. Inquire Questions <ul><li>Is this both teacher and student inquiry? </li></ul><ul><li>How realistic is A & S being at all team meetings? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we develop as inquirers? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will lead the learning focused meeting? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we effectively and efficiently deal with data so that it can inform us? </li></ul><ul><li>What is a culture of inquiry? </li></ul>
    24. 26. What is a culture of inquiry? <ul><li>A culture of inquiry is a means to gain openness in asking questions, giving careful consideration to the answers, and considering change and a willingness to learn something new and unexpected. </li></ul>Sharon Bender Quasitative Inquiry/Research/Approach: Leading a new Culture of Inquiry
    25. 27. Let’s Get Concrete FOCUS ACT REFLECT TEAM-BASED SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT MODEL (COLLABORATIVE ACTION RESEARCH ) Organizational Goal

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