April 2012 | Vol. 1	Do Better Series
How to Do Better:
How to Do Better:Academy Edition
I know you’re busy.
This won’t take too long…
Let’s get started!
In the beginning…!
Castle View High School
Castle View High School… 40 Million Years Ago
“	     It’s my dream   to build a   school.	   	                       ”	     - Lisle Gates, Founding Principal
“	      Let’s do this!	    	          	- Kevin Gardner, Founding AP	                                               ”	  
Castle View High Schoolopened in 2006 to 9th and 10thgrade students. Among otherthings, the school was home tofour academi...
“   A Small Learning    Community (SLC), also    referred to as a School-Within-A-    School, is a form of school    struc...
The primary purposeof SLCs is to create amore personalizedlearning environmentto better meetthe needs ofstudents.
Academies (SLCs)E-Media & Business (EMB)!Humanities!Math, Science, & Engineering (MSE)!Visual & Performing Arts (VPA)!	  
… and now in 2012
C urrent!         Academies (SLCs)Biotechnology & Health Sciences (BHS)!Leadership & Global Communications (LGC)!Science, ...
Aside from thenames, what aboutour academies hasreally changed?
?
PROBLEM:	  The academies (SLCs) at Castle View  High School minimally address our  students’ needs and interests beyond  s...
PROBLEM:	  The academies (SLCs) at Castle View  High School minimally address our  students’ needs and interests beyond  s...
What questionsmight an eighth-grade studenthave when           whichacademy to join?
What do I want to                    be when I grow                                     up?
What do I want to                    be when I grow                                     up?                       What do ...
What do I want to                      be when I grow                                       up?                         Wh...
What do I want to                        be when I grow                                         up?                       ...
What do I want to                        be when I grow                                         up?                       ...
We can make this decision easierby providing more purpose,relevance, focus, andstructure in the design andfunction of our ...
“Do better things insteadof do things better.”    - Sylvia Martinez (Generation YES … via Twitter)
What ste ps can wetake to do betterthings w ithin oura cademies?
A Small LearningCommunity (SLC), alsoreferred to as a School-Within-A-School, is a form of schoolstructure that serves to ...
A Small LearningCommunity (SLC), alsoreferred to as a School-Within-A-School, is a form of schoolstructure that serves to ...
How can theBiotechnology &Health Sciences(BHS) academydo betterthings for ourstudents?
Here are 4   steps wecan take to  do betterthing s in BHS …starting  next year!
Create & Implement:	#1    Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects	      	#2    Simplified class registration process	   ...
Create & Implement:	#1    Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects	      	#2    Simplified class registration process	   ...
Create & Implement:	#1    Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects	      	#2    Simplified class registration process	   ...
Create & Implement:	#1    Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects	      	#2    Simplified class registration process	   ...
#1   Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects…	     	Consider :	   broad, grade-level themes that weave   students, teac...
#1   Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects…	     	E XAMPLES:	     9th Grade: Health & Wellness     10th Grade: Ethics...
#1   Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects…	     	     These themes can be organized     through advisements (if we l...
Here are some examples.
Health & Wellness                 	  Trace the items in a ty                          pical  shopping cart back to        ...
Health & Wellness                 	  “Omnivore’s Dilemm  Michael Pollan                       a” by
“Is it ethically wrong forthe United States to bene                            fitfrom scientific and medic               ...
“Cheating in School” byStephen F. Davis
Science & Society	      “How will genetics a                          nd      biotechnology      revolutionize medica     ...
Science & Society	    ”The Best American    Science and Nature    Writing” edited by Dan                           Ariely
Global Perspective	    “Organize and condu                           ct a    charity drive that be                        ...
Global Perspective	   ”High Noon: 20 Glob                            al   Problems, 20 Years to                           ...
#1   Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects…	     	     Projects (and other things) can be     organized in a portfoli...
#1   Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects…	     	Academy Site or “Hub”                                    Student “P...
Create & Implement:	#1    Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects	      	#2    Simplified class registration process	   ...
Create & Implement:	#1    Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects	      	#2    Simplified class registration process	   ...
#2    A simplified registration process…	     How many classes were in the 2011-2012     Castle View Course Catalogue?
202
#2   A simplified registration process…	     With so many course offerings and electives,     we should help our students c...
#2   A simplified registration process…	     With so many course offerings and electives,     we should help our students c...
At some point in time, BHSstudents were offered“pathways” based on theirexpressed career interests.
#2   A simplified registration process…
#2   A simplified registration process…
#2   A simplified registration process…
#2   A simplified registration process…	     While well intended, these “pathways”     and their respective descriptors    ...
#2   A simplified registration process…	     Let’s create a new visual that helps     guide our students efficiently through...
#2   A simplified registration process…	     Let’s create a new visual that helps     guide our students efficiently through...
#2   A simplified registration process…	     Let’s create a new visual that helps     guide our students efficiently through...
Let’s takesomethinglike this andadd detailfor eachgrade-level.
#2   A simplified registration process…	     Let’s work to fill in the blanks on this     image and create a registration   ...
#2   A simplified registration process…	     We could also create three additional     visuals representing specialization ...
Here’s an example that specializes science and physicaleducation classes…
#2   A simplified registration process…	     Let’s not stop at science and physical     education … let’s specialize (as be...
Create & Implement:	#1    Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects	      	#2    Simplified class registration process	   ...
Create & Implement:	#1    Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects	      	#2    Simplified class registration process	   ...
#3   A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)…	      A student organization that focuses on      the health science...
#3   A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)…	                                      Guest speakers                ...
#3   A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)…	                           ke “Wh  at classes did you ta in high sch...
#3   A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)…	                           ke “Wh  at classes did you ta in high sch...
#3   A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)…	                           ke “Wh  at classes did you ta in high sch...
#3   A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)…	                           ke “Wh  at classes did you ta in high sch...
#3   A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)…	      Monthly guest speakers … Student      Officers … SHPA would be ...
Create & Implement:	#1    Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects	      	#2    Simplified class registration process	   ...
Create & Implement:	#1    Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects	      	#2    Simplified class registration process	   ...
#4   Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health     Campus…	     You may have noticed the subtle     construction proje...
#4   Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health     Campus…	     You may have noticed the subtle     construction proje...
#4   Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health     Campus…	     Step #4 of how to do better things     for our BHS stu...
BHS students couldvolunteer andwork along sidemedical personnel.
What a great place toexperience a seniorinternship!
#4   Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health     Campus…	     It just seems natural and logical for our     BHS acad...
#4   Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health     Campus…	     It just seems natural and logical for our     BHS acad...
Create & Implement:	#1    Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects	      	#2    Simplified class registration process	   ...
There you have it,4 steps we can taketo do better thingsfor our BHS students?
Let’s Create & Implement:	#1    Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects	      	#2    A simplified class registration pro...
Let’s commit to doing better things inBHS. Not necessarily by shaving, but by designingand implementing these steps.
so that future BHS graduates might say…
so that future BHS graduates might say…	 “I know what to do to                         become a doctor!”
so that future BHS graduates might say…	 “I know what to do to                         become a doctor!”                 “...
so that future BHS graduates might say…	 “I know what to do to                         become a doctor!”                 “...
so that future BHS graduates might say…	 “I know what to do to                         become a doctor!”                 “...
so that future BHS graduates might say…	 “I know what to do to                         become a doctor!”                 “...
“	      Let’s work together to gain a clearer    focus of our mission and the steps    needed to attain that focused visio...
Thank you!!
Images	  from	  www.freedigitalphotos.net	  www.jibjab.com	  www.istockphoto.com	  www.flickr.com	  www.myli<letonhospital....
Do Better Series: Academy Edition (BHS)
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Do Better Series: Academy Edition (BHS)

  1. 1. April 2012 | Vol. 1 Do Better Series
  2. 2. How to Do Better:
  3. 3. How to Do Better:Academy Edition
  4. 4. I know you’re busy.
  5. 5. This won’t take too long…
  6. 6. Let’s get started!
  7. 7. In the beginning…!
  8. 8. Castle View High School
  9. 9. Castle View High School… 40 Million Years Ago
  10. 10. “   It’s my dream to build a school. ”   - Lisle Gates, Founding Principal
  11. 11. “   Let’s do this! - Kevin Gardner, Founding AP ”  
  12. 12. Castle View High Schoolopened in 2006 to 9th and 10thgrade students. Among otherthings, the school was home tofour academies or smalllearning communities.
  13. 13. “ A Small Learning Community (SLC), also referred to as a School-Within-A- School, is a form of school structure that serves to subdivide large school populations into ” smaller autonomous groups of students and teachers. - Breaking Ranks II
  14. 14. The primary purposeof SLCs is to create amore personalizedlearning environmentto better meetthe needs ofstudents.
  15. 15. Academies (SLCs)E-Media & Business (EMB)!Humanities!Math, Science, & Engineering (MSE)!Visual & Performing Arts (VPA)!  
  16. 16. … and now in 2012
  17. 17. C urrent! Academies (SLCs)Biotechnology & Health Sciences (BHS)!Leadership & Global Communications (LGC)!Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)!Visual & Performing Arts (VPA)!  
  18. 18. Aside from thenames, what aboutour academies hasreally changed?
  19. 19. ?
  20. 20. PROBLEM: The academies (SLCs) at Castle View High School minimally address our students’ needs and interests beyond superficial connections.
  21. 21. PROBLEM: The academies (SLCs) at Castle View High School minimally address our students’ needs and interests beyond superficial connections.OPPORTUNITY: This presentation will describe how we can provide purpose and focus for our students by doing better things within our academies.
  22. 22. What questionsmight an eighth-grade studenthave when whichacademy to join?
  23. 23. What do I want to be when I grow up?
  24. 24. What do I want to be when I grow up? What do I do well?
  25. 25. What do I want to be when I grow up? What do I do well?What are my friends going to do?
  26. 26. What do I want to be when I grow up? What do I do well?What are my friends going to do? s the bestWhich academy hate achers?
  27. 27. What do I want to be when I grow up? What do I do well?What are my friends going to do? s the bestWhich academy hate achers? What do my parents want me to do?
  28. 28. We can make this decision easierby providing more purpose,relevance, focus, andstructure in the design andfunction of our academy system.
  29. 29. “Do better things insteadof do things better.” - Sylvia Martinez (Generation YES … via Twitter)
  30. 30. What ste ps can wetake to do betterthings w ithin oura cademies?
  31. 31. A Small LearningCommunity (SLC), alsoreferred to as a School-Within-A-School, is a form of schoolstructure that serves to subdividelarge school populations intosmaller autonomous groupsof students and teachers.
  32. 32. A Small LearningCommunity (SLC), alsoreferred to as a School-Within-A-School, is a form of schoolstructure that serves to subdividelarge school populations intosmaller autonomous groupsof students and teachers.
  33. 33. How can theBiotechnology &Health Sciences(BHS) academydo betterthings for ourstudents?
  34. 34. Here are 4 steps wecan take to do betterthing s in BHS …starting next year!
  35. 35. Create & Implement: #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects #2 Simplified class registration process #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA) Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health#4 Campus
  36. 36. Create & Implement: #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects #2 Simplified class registration process #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA) Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health#4 Campus
  37. 37. Create & Implement: #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects #2 Simplified class registration process #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA) Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health#4 Campus
  38. 38. Create & Implement: #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects #2 Simplified class registration process #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA) Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health#4 Campus
  39. 39. #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects… Consider : broad, grade-level themes that weave students, teachers, classes, advisements, parents, and, well, the entire academy together…
  40. 40. #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects… E XAMPLES: 9th Grade: Health & Wellness 10th Grade: Ethics 11th Grade: Science & Society 12th Grade: Global Perspective
  41. 41. #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects… These themes can be organized through advisements (if we like) and can culminate with capstone projects designed and implemented by grade- level advisement teachers (small-group PLCs).
  42. 42. Here are some examples.
  43. 43. Health & Wellness Trace the items in a ty pical shopping cart back to the soil. Individual? Advisement group?
  44. 44. Health & Wellness “Omnivore’s Dilemm Michael Pollan a” by
  45. 45. “Is it ethically wrong forthe United States to bene fitfrom scientific and medic alexperiments ordiscoveries that causeharm to other humanbeings?”
  46. 46. “Cheating in School” byStephen F. Davis
  47. 47. Science & Society “How will genetics a nd biotechnology revolutionize medica l practices?”
  48. 48. Science & Society ”The Best American Science and Nature Writing” edited by Dan Ariely
  49. 49. Global Perspective “Organize and condu ct a charity drive that be nefits children in third-wor ld countries.” Advisement? Entire senior class?
  50. 50. Global Perspective ”High Noon: 20 Glob al Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them” edited by Jean-Fra ncois Rischard
  51. 51. #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects… Projects (and other things) can be organized in a portfolio specific to an advisement or (even better) to an individual student – accessible from the BHS “hub” site.
  52. 52. #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects… Academy Site or “Hub” Student “Portfolio”
  53. 53. Create & Implement: #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects #2 Simplified class registration process #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA) Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health#4 Campus
  54. 54. Create & Implement: #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects #2 Simplified class registration process #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA) Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health#4 Campus
  55. 55. #2 A simplified registration process… How many classes were in the 2011-2012 Castle View Course Catalogue?
  56. 56. 202
  57. 57. #2 A simplified registration process… With so many course offerings and electives, we should help our students choose the most appropriate classes for their identified pathways of interest.
  58. 58. #2 A simplified registration process… With so many course offerings and electives, we should help our students choose the most appropriate classes for their identified pathways of interest. Which, of course, we already do … but we can do better.
  59. 59. At some point in time, BHSstudents were offered“pathways” based on theirexpressed career interests.
  60. 60. #2 A simplified registration process…
  61. 61. #2 A simplified registration process…
  62. 62. #2 A simplified registration process…
  63. 63. #2 A simplified registration process… While well intended, these “pathways” and their respective descriptors (previous slide) need to be upgraded.
  64. 64. #2 A simplified registration process… Let’s create a new visual that helps guide our students efficiently through their course choices.
  65. 65. #2 A simplified registration process… Let’s create a new visual that helps guide our students efficiently through their course choices. One that’s less intimidating and overwhelming.
  66. 66. #2 A simplified registration process… Let’s create a new visual that helps guide our students efficiently through their course choices. One that’s less intimidating and overwhelming. One that will .
  67. 67. Let’s takesomethinglike this andadd detailfor eachgrade-level.
  68. 68. #2 A simplified registration process… Let’s work to fill in the blanks on this image and create a registration infographic that will help our students choose their core and elective courses.
  69. 69. #2 A simplified registration process… We could also create three additional visuals representing specialization in Biomedical Research, Health Sciences, and Sports Medicine.
  70. 70. Here’s an example that specializes science and physicaleducation classes…
  71. 71. #2 A simplified registration process… Let’s not stop at science and physical education … let’s specialize (as best we can) other content areas too. This will certainly help our students truly understand their pathway through the BHS academy.
  72. 72. Create & Implement: #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects #2 Simplified class registration process #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA) Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health#4 Campus
  73. 73. Create & Implement: #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects #2 Simplified class registration process #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA) Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health#4 Campus
  74. 74. #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)… A student organization that focuses on the health sciences by providing students with career and educational information regarding what it takes to become a doctor, nurse, dentist, veterinarian, pharmacist, optometrist, epidemiologist, or hospital administrator.
  75. 75. #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)… Guest speakers once a month representing various health professions offer advice for our aspiring students
  76. 76. #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)… ke “Wh at classes did you ta in high school?”
  77. 77. #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)… ke “Wh at classes did you ta in high school?” “How much money d o you make?”
  78. 78. #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)… ke “Wh at classes did you ta in high school?” “How much money d o you make?” “How did you get into medical school?”
  79. 79. #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)… ke “Wh at classes did you ta in high school?” “How much money d o you make?” “How did you get into medical school?” “Would you do it all over again?”
  80. 80. #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA)… Monthly guest speakers … Student Officers … SHPA would be a great addition to our academy!
  81. 81. Create & Implement: #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects #2 Simplified class registration process #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA) Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health#4 Campus
  82. 82. Create & Implement: #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects #2 Simplified class registration process #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA) Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health#4 Campus
  83. 83. #4 Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus… You may have noticed the subtle construction project going just down the street.
  84. 84. #4 Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus… You may have noticed the subtle construction project going just down the street. It’s a hospital, or rather, a Health Campus!
  85. 85. #4 Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus… Step #4 of how to do better things for our BHS students is to connect with Centura Health, the company behind the new Health Campus.
  86. 86. BHS students couldvolunteer andwork along sidemedical personnel.
  87. 87. What a great place toexperience a seniorinternship!
  88. 88. #4 Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus… It just seems natural and logical for our BHS academy to seek to partner and collaborate with a nearby Health Campus.
  89. 89. #4 Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus… It just seems natural and logical for our BHS academy to seek to partner and collaborate with a nearby Health Campus. Let’s seek this ourselves … remember, autonomous.
  90. 90. Create & Implement: #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects #2 Simplified class registration process #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA) Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health#4 Campus
  91. 91. There you have it,4 steps we can taketo do better thingsfor our BHS students?
  92. 92. Let’s Create & Implement: #1 Grade-level themes and “capstone” projects #2 A simplified class registration process #3 A Student Health Professions Association (SHPA) #4 Partnership with Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus
  93. 93. Let’s commit to doing better things inBHS. Not necessarily by shaving, but by designingand implementing these steps.
  94. 94. so that future BHS graduates might say…
  95. 95. so that future BHS graduates might say… “I know what to do to become a doctor!”
  96. 96. so that future BHS graduates might say… “I know what to do to become a doctor!” “Working in a hospital was amazing!”
  97. 97. so that future BHS graduates might say… “I know what to do to become a doctor!” “Working in a hospital was amazing!”“Many of my classes an d teachers seemed con nected.”
  98. 98. so that future BHS graduates might say… “I know what to do to become a doctor!” “Working in a hospital was amazing!”“Many of my classes an d teachers seemed con nected.” Our advisements seemed so united every year..
  99. 99. so that future BHS graduates might say… “I know what to do to become a doctor!” “Working in a hospital was amazing!”“Many of my classes an d teachers seemed con nected.” Our advisements seemed so united every year.. I took hard classes, but I had fun!
  100. 100. “   Let’s work together to gain a clearer focus of our mission and the steps needed to attain that focused vision. - Jim Calhoun, CV Principal ”  
  101. 101. Thank you!!
  102. 102. Images  from  www.freedigitalphotos.net  www.jibjab.com  www.istockphoto.com  www.flickr.com  www.myli<letonhospital.org  (with  permission)  

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