Brown Rock Elementary EDCI 59100 School Curriculum Fall 2011 Vision for an Excellent School Angie Tinsman, Elizabeth Statzer, Justin Stok, and Barbara Stegenga
Our Ideal School Elementary, Grades Kindergarten through Sixth Public School Suburban school Strong beliefs and values. Encouraging that “Every Child, Everyday, Achieves Success in Everyway” Approximately 500 students Full Day Kindergarten Kindergarten and First grade will each have 2 assistants per grade level to assistant teachers and students Second through Sixth grade will each have an assistant for the grade level Class Ratio Kindergarten – Second Grade 1:22 Third Grade – Sixth Grade 1:25
Student Demographics Charts School Lunch Division
Student Demographics, Cont. Ethnicity Chart 270 Students
Brown Rock School Creed Building Honesty and Trust Respect and Responsibility One Will Always Communicate Will Always Strive for Personal Best No Put Downs
Our Mission Statement “Brown Rock Elementary” has a welcoming and caring environment for students, faculty, and families. We believe in and maintain strong partnerships among students, staff, families, and community. We believe these partnerships assist all students in achieving personal excellence in academics and in life, critical thinking, problem solving, personal development, and community awareness. As a staff we believe that every child can achieve success every day.
Our Core Beliefs Collaboration All Stakeholders will work together to create a positive and safe environment for all students to succeed. Each member of the team will work together for our common goal. Respect We will create and maintain a high level of respect for all students, teachers, and staff regardless of any differences we may have.
Our Core Beliefs Excellence We believe that all students have the ability to learn at high levels. It is our belief that students will achieve excellence in all critical skills. Ownership Each team member will take responsibility for themselves. We will not make excuses and will not accept failure.
Curricular Programs To use data to increase student achievement at every grade level To create engaging instruction according to the Indiana Department of Education standards at each grade level To provide opportunities for educator growth through professional development opportunities and “best teaching practices” seminars
Curricular Programs Continued To allow teacher collaboration among grade levels to increase student achievement To promote a safe and secure learning environment in every classroom by providing a behavior intervention program. Cross-curricular learning opportunities and project-based learning
Co-Curricular Programs Elective programs, including: art, music/choir Foreign Language Exploration: 8 weeks of exploratory languages, including French, Spanish, German (aligned with middle school program) Student Council Extra-curricular athletic activities School-sponsored clubs School Pride Team
Curriculum must be focused on improving student learning.
Implement “Green Light Means Go!” Program focusing on each grade level meeting academic milestones by tracking individual student achievement on a green light (achieved), yellow light (caution), or red light (needs improvement) scale.
12-K Instruction-based learning: Curriculum is aligned with the student’s full academic career in mind.
Multiple opportunities for learning, including: hands-on, collaborative learning, project- based assessments, etc.avelmeeting academic milestones by tracking individual student achievement on a green light (achieved), yellow light (caution), or red light (needs improvement) scale.
Diversity “All-For-1” Philosophy: Promoting diversity in all facets is part of the school’s culture through character education. Examples of displaying diversity, include: -World Cultures Night: Food, dancing, and story-telling is shared with the community at this annual celebration. -World Cultures Club: Students of all diversities to come together and celebrate different ethnic heritage.
Competing School Forces Focus on school and district achievements at monthly faculty meetings. Welcome teachers and other faculty to speak at local school board meetings, promoting achievements of schools.
Information Explosion/Technology Focus on the ever-changing global society and creating opportunities for students to utilize technology and information in the classroom Manage this use by aligning with state standards and school expectations Giving students opportunities to complete work through various modes of technology: computers, Internet, distance learning, Smartboards, Skype, etc.
Personal & Professional Growth Beginning of year retreat for staff Ongoing professional development in areas of teacher interest On-site professional development Development of professional learning communities Recognition for continued development and learning
Preparing for a Democratic Society… Teach students to be good citizens through leading by example. Provide opportunities for students to partake in school fundraisers, charity collections, and classroom donations. Allow students to volunteer and earn good citizenship by donating their time for various school activities. Provide time for students to become involved in the community around them.
Indicators of Success Collaboration between all stakeholders to improve student performance.
Showcase a high level of teamwork within the school.
Explain the commitment of all school personnel to achieve school goals.
Highlight examples of teaming up with the community for school success.
Indicators of Success Using data and test scores to drive instruction.
Inform the community of what is being taught in the classroom.