MS Curr Changes 09 10


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  • MS Curr Changes 09 10

    1. 1. Middle Level Curriculum Changes for 2009-2010 Michael DeStio Andrew Greene Kirk Strong Jeff Morris Love Foy Francesco Fratto
    2. 2. Research Drives Decision making in Half Hollow Hills <ul><li>District House Model </li></ul>
    3. 3. Recent Changes <ul><li>Addition of Chinese Grade 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Foundations in Spanish 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Law Seminar Grade 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Seminar for Math Seven </li></ul><ul><li>ELA Elective Grade 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy Classes Grades 7 and 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Added Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Achievement Gap </li></ul><ul><li>Laptop Pilot program </li></ul>
    4. 4. Program Enhancements <ul><li>Modifications of ELA Elective in Grade 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of Chinese program Grade 7 </li></ul><ul><li>New Social Studies Online Resources for Grades 7 and 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Stronger alignment of Middle level to High School Honors and Regents Track Programs (Vertical Teaming) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Program Enhancements <ul><li>Creation of Mastery Level Classes in ELA, LOTE and Social Studies </li></ul>
    6. 6. What is Mastery Level? <ul><li>Mastery Level classes blend both Honors and Regular classes in a heterogeneous setting </li></ul><ul><li>Mastery Level classes provide opportunities for ALL students to achieve success as defined by the NYSED </li></ul><ul><li>Mastery Level sets a curriculum standard where ALL students have opportunities to become HONORS high school students </li></ul><ul><li>The creation of Mastery Level Classes does NOT impact Honors Earth Science, Mathematics and Studio in Art </li></ul>
    7. 7. Supportive Research <ul><li>Robert Marzano – Leveled Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Grant Wiggins </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Six Facets OF Understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A-M-T </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. What is the Educational Research / Rationale that drives this decision? <ul><li>Honor recommendations are made too early and they are often not accurate </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the best schools on Long Island do not have tracking in ELA, SS, or LOTE </li></ul><ul><li>All students should be exposed to classes that have high expectations and quality work assigned </li></ul><ul><li>Schools that have been recognized as EE/STW do not have tracking…that is a key ingredient of the evaluation process </li></ul>
    9. 9. What is the Educational Research / Rationale that drives this decision? <ul><li>There are better peer relations in heterogeneous classes as well differing points of view which enhances the skills of all students </li></ul><ul><li>There is no accepted designation on the high school transcript for ‘honors’ in 8th grade </li></ul><ul><li>Students will still be challenged in a Mastery Level class due to differentiated instructional and grading strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Students will be better evaluated for 9H based on tiered assignments </li></ul>
    10. 10. Coordinators and Directors Comments <ul><li>Dr. Morris, Director of Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Foy, Coordinator of ELA </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Fratto, Coordinator of LOTE </li></ul>
    11. 11. Middle Level Curriculum Changes <ul><li>Questions / Comments </li></ul>