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Presentation given to the Wheatley Heights Mothers Club by Asst. Supt. Rettaliata - Oct. 29, 2008

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  1. 1. Wheatley Heights Mothers Club Mary A. Rettaliata Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
  2. 2. Elementary Updates <ul><li>Universal Prekindergarten Program </li></ul><ul><li>English Language Arts Program </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies Big Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary Report Card </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Learning Community </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul>
  3. 3. Universal Pre-K Program <ul><li>Currently a grant program in the NYS Budget </li></ul><ul><li>Of the 128 Long Island Districts only 51 accessed the grant </li></ul><ul><li>15 half day classes in all buildings </li></ul><ul><li>All certified teachers serving 212 students </li></ul><ul><li>All families interested in UPK included </li></ul><ul><li>HHH one of five districts to have UPK in district buildings </li></ul>
  4. 4. Future of UPK <ul><li>NYS Budget – hopefully early childhood education will continue to be included. </li></ul><ul><li>HHH will apply for and use all funds offered by NYSED. </li></ul><ul><li>Reach CYA continues to be an excellent collaborating partner </li></ul><ul><li>Information will be distributed throughout the district beginning in February 2009 in reference to 2009-2010 process. </li></ul>
  5. 5. English Language Arts <ul><li>Balanced Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Learning Community In School Staff Development </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity Literature </li></ul>
  6. 6. Social Studies <ul><li>Big Ideas </li></ul>Professional Learning Community Continuous Collaboration
  7. 7. Elementary Report Card Purpose <ul><li>Align assessment reporting with NYS Standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide teachers with the ability to communicate the assessment of individual skills within a curriculum area. </li></ul><ul><li>Further define learning and social behaviors. </li></ul><ul><li>Report student progress on the concepts and skills taught each quarter. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide more specific information about special areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote student learning. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The report card is divided into academic curriculum areas, learning and social behaviors and special areas. </li></ul><ul><li>The report card uses a holistic scale of 1-4 to indicate progress on the grade level standards each quarter. </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Levels are based upon multiple assessment evidence. </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Level assessment is based on the content, concepts, and skills taught for that quarter. </li></ul><ul><li>Some students might achieve a 3 or 4 in the first quarter and then achieve a 2 in the second. </li></ul>Performance Level Descriptors
  9. 9. Academic, Learning and Social Behavior Skills <ul><li>Academic - each curriculum area is broken down into content skills aligned with NYS Standards and District Curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning and Social Behaviors – ability to evaluate non-academic skills that are an integral part of the learning process. </li></ul><ul><li>KEY </li></ul><ul><li>C onsistently, O ften, I nconsistently, N ot yet </li></ul>
  10. 10. Effort <ul><li>One of the characteristics of a successful learner is effort! </li></ul><ul><li>Effort, attitude and discipline are not included in the teacher’s determination of the Performance Level but are communicated using: </li></ul><ul><li>E xcellent effort, G ood effort, </li></ul><ul><li>S atisfactory effort, M ore effort needed </li></ul>
  11. 11. Teacher Comments <ul><li>Personalizes report, make connections with families to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrate growth. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indicate strategies worked on that quarter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note work that will take place in the following quarter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference learning and social behaviors. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer suggestions to parents to help their child at home. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Academic Areas <ul><li>Performance Level </li></ul><ul><li>Effort Key </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Skills Key </li></ul>Social Studies QUARTER 1 st 2 nd 3 rd 4 th PERFORMANCE LEVEL 3 EFFORT M Demonstrates an understanding of concepts and content C Identifies, researches and organizes information (print material, maps, graphs, and Internet) O Describes, explains and compares information using content specific vocabulary (e.g. environment, goods, etc.) O Shares discoveries and information in discussion, writing, visuals and graphs I
  13. 13. Learning & Social Behaviors <ul><li>Learning Behaviors Key </li></ul>Demonstrates Responsibility for Own Learning QUARTER 1 st 2 3 rd 4 th Comes prepared to learn C Demonstrates organizational skills I Focuses on task at hand I Completes tasks independently O Completes class work in a timely manner O Completes homework C
  14. 14. Professional Learning Community <ul><li>Curriculum Committees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>K-6 Includes Secondary Faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuous Improvement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Continuous Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Development Staff and Administrators </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Sharing <ul><li>Research Inspired Tips for High-Achievement Parenting </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity Literature Sample List </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary Report Card </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Guide to Elementary Report Card </li></ul><ul><li>Exemplary eBoard </li></ul>
  16. 16. THANK YOU!
  17. 17. Balanced Literacy Framework
  18. 18. Big Ideas
  19. 19. eBoard Communication