School climate is a learning climate and, as such, needs to be one that is conducive and appropriate to the needs of the students and teachers who work within it. Our project’s genesis lies in this fundamental principle. Our journey is tracked through the process of initiating community and parental awareness of a problem that our school faced, fighting resistance and inertia, making key connections, researching ways and means, convincing school board members to make life-changing decisions, and finally, experiencing euphoria through tears when success was met. Our final project is in the form of a power point. But the real story will be read in the walls of our new expansion, a by-product of the efforts of three teachers and the supporters that led to its creation.
Building Leadership Team and teachers claim building design is too small to house students based on enrollment numbers K-5 building became K-8 Specialists rooms became classrooms
This is what our school was designed to look like
Two portables are added to house 6 th grade overflow (prior to district transitioning all K-5 buildings to K-8)
Our building with the portables which are approximately 25 feet from the main building. Our 7 th and 8 th grade students are currently housed there.
Poor Wi-fi connection slow to non-existent on a daily basis - Teachers attended Joint Curriculum meeting of December 3, 2012 to request the consideration of a computer lab to help alleviate problems and were promised assistance Teachers are teaching from carts and do not have planning time in their rooms Neighborhood displeasure with presence of portables
I moved this slide up – be cautious of repetitive information this overlaps some of what you already covered. Building Representative and two teachers on the Building Leadership Team have taken it upon themselves to inform the staff, students, and fellow teachers of pressing issues affecting student achievement, based upon surveys and other collected data. These three have formed a school climate committee. District Chief Business Manager is invited to January parent meeting to discuss issues facing our school and upcoming addition School Climate Committee creates informational binders to present to Board members, Superintendent, and principal which included concerns pertaining to the decision making process regarding our expansion
Surveys are handed out to parents, students, and staff Attendance Teachers attend several meetings and encourage parent group to take a stand Our three teachers seek assistance from our Board of Education members by delivering binders of information/data that they compiled
Temporary portables need to go – increase community approval Intermediate students deserve a place to call their own Specialists need to have their own room to inspire learning in their students Working and effective computer system
I recommend choosing one of these slides and this one definitely supports your case. Again, like your pictures – too many quoted slides diminish the effect, but I would put them all in your paper.
The entire school community (teachers, students, parents) need to provide input on school climate/environment Teachers need to become school climate coaches in order to procure a more conducive learning environment for students and staff
2007 and 2008 in transition building while new building is built 2009 move into K-5 building (2 portables are added) 2010 district leaders redistrict (we maintain student numbers and continue to grow) 2011 K-5 becomes K-8 … Although many students transferred to neighboring TPS schools (which were built with middle school amenities) our numbers were still growing. 2012 Enrollment is at maximum capacity and overflowing
Attendance drop at 5 th Grade is due to students leaving for a local performing arts school. This performing arts school offers a wide array of programs of which, sadly, we are unable to offer in our building because we have specialists on carts and have very limited resources.
School Climate Committee meets with previous architect, Chief Business Manager, and Finance Chairperson to present the vision deemed necessary to improve our school climate School Climate Committee recruited parental assistance in our request before the February School Board meeting School Climate Committee attends School Board meeting along with parents and students.
6 additional classrooms Music and Art back in their classrooms Access to Computer Lab Intermediate students have a space of their own
I LOVE this picture -
Transcript of "Teachers Can Reform the Learning "
Teachers Can Reform theTeachers Can Reform the
Learning Environment inLearning Environment in
Our Schools Today.Our Schools Today.
* What role does school* What role does school
climate play in studentclimate play in student
* How can teachers sustain* How can teachers sustain
school reform efforts?school reform efforts?
By: Therese Gordon and Kristin Haney
Arlington School, Toledo, Ohio
Other issues affecting the learning
Challenges with discipline and
Art & music on carts
This is where the journey begins.....
“a teacher’s working
conditions are a
-Mary Catheryn Ricker,
President, Saint Paul, MN
Federation of Teachers
Help is sought……Help is sought……
School Climate Committee
Steps taken…..Steps taken…..
Attendance data is gathered
Parents & Teachers
School improvement process begins
What would improve our schoolWhat would improve our school
• Eliminate portables
• Create intermediate experience
• Restore specialists classrooms
“ A school culture that
supports learning includes a
building arranged through
reflection of students needs
and their educational
accomplishments, with its
students, and parents
participating in the decision
From Best Practice Briefs
December 2004 #31
Results of surveys……Results of surveys……
(Random sampling of 7 parents, 14 students, and 13 teachers)(Random sampling of 7 parents, 14 students, and 13 teachers)
School Climate Committee
Parents and students braved the very
snowy NW Ohio elements to express their
concerns before the Board of Education
Board members were moved by students’
speeches and commented on how
impressed they were with their eloquence
Board members thanked our committee
for providing them our information binders
What School Climate Coaches areWhat School Climate Coaches are
asking for…asking for…
6 Classrooms– Not 4
◦Music and Art back in their
◦Access to Computer Lab
Intermediate students have
a space of their own
March 2013 Board of EducationMarch 2013 Board of Education
Finance Chairperson makes recommendation for 6 classrooms
and additional funding
Motion & Voting:
1.8 million dollars, 6 classroom, first section and to add up to 6
classroom, and related space
1.8 million dollars, add two classroom, work with them meet today’s
needs and needs of the future. - per Lisa Sobecki
Dr. Adams - not formally middle school. They don't have science labs or
computer labs. What can we do to kind of make sure there is a dedicated
Motion by Lisa A Sobecki, second by Brenda Hill.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Cecelia M Adams, Bob Vasquez, Lisa A Sobecki, Brenda Hill, Larry
Actual “sign” acknowledging our hard work
is to begin
Projected completion date is
What to do with students if
project is not completed by start
of school, August 27th
Close library early
Relocate resource teacher
into the building three weeks
before school year ends to allow
construction to begin earlier
It is our hope that our new much
appreciated and dearly needed addition
will motivate our students toward
academic excellence and inspire them to
take pride and ownership in their school
and surrounding community.
Paula Gladieux… photos
Lynn Smith…… Teacher Leaders facilitator
Chief Business Officer…… attendance
counts from 2007 to current
ABA, students, and staff
Munger & Munger
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