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The Great Conversation<br />Inspired by Jamie Vollmer’s book, Schools Can’t Do It Alone<br />Presented by Julie Bastow Ed....
Today’s purpose<br />The beginning of The Great Conversation, “ a new community-wide discussion, designed to increase stud...
A series of phases<br />Phase 1 Objectives:<br />Connect with as many people as possible<br />Describe the benefits that w...
Why now?<br />Shift from Industrial Age to Knowledge Age<br />Less on making and moving<br />More on generating and sharin...
Local Good News<br />Targeted Writing Project (TWP)<br />Students across 4 districts receive 45 minutes of systematic writ...
More good news<br />Proactive vs. Reactive<br />Curriculum <br />Universal Screening<br />Teachers Meet Together to Review...
Meanwhile…<br />“…our schools have done all this while feeding tens of millions of children nutritious meals twice a day, ...
Restructuring schools<br />Future Conversations:<br />What are the necessary changes schools need to make to increase stud...
Schools can’t do it alone<br />“For all public’s education’s remarkable success, no generation of educators in the history...
Did you know…<br />Alpena schools buses travel the distance from Disney World and back in ONE day, plus a few extra miles ...
Time to reflect<br />Questions and Comments <br />
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The Great Conversation

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The Great Conversation

  1. 1. The Great Conversation<br />Inspired by Jamie Vollmer’s book, Schools Can’t Do It Alone<br />Presented by Julie Bastow Ed. S., ELA Consultant, AMA ESD<br />Meaghan Gauthier Ed. S., Literacy Consultant, AMA ESD<br />& Courtney Huff Ed. S., Literacy Consultant, AMA ESD<br />
  2. 2. Today’s purpose<br />The beginning of The Great Conversation, “ a new community-wide discussion, designed to increase student success, and ultimately, improve the quality of life of everyone in the community, whether or not they have kids in school” (Vollmer, 149). <br />
  3. 3. A series of phases<br />Phase 1 Objectives:<br />Connect with as many people as possible<br />Describe the benefits that will happen when we work together to support student achievement <br />Help everyone understand what these benefits mean for the community<br />
  4. 4. Why now?<br />Shift from Industrial Age to Knowledge Age<br />Less on making and moving<br />More on generating and sharing knowledge<br />Dramatic increase in what ALL students need to know<br />An adequate education just 30 years ago…no longer sufficient<br />
  5. 5. Local Good News<br />Targeted Writing Project (TWP)<br />Students across 4 districts receive 45 minutes of systematic writing instruction daily<br />Supporting Teachers and Readers Successfully (STARS)<br />Cycle #1: 270 students serviced, 94% improvement<br />Cycle #2: 219 students serviced, 88% improvement<br />Cycle #3: 295 students service, 83% improvement<br />
  6. 6. More good news<br />Proactive vs. Reactive<br />Curriculum <br />Universal Screening<br />Teachers Meet Together to Review Student Data<br />
  7. 7. Meanwhile…<br />“…our schools have done all this while feeding tens of millions of children nutritious meals twice a day, transporting them billions of miles each year in safe, reliable buses, and providing them with quality health services and medical expertise…” <br />“If that were not enough, America’s public schools are the cultural heart of their communities” (Vollmer, 155).<br />
  8. 8. Restructuring schools<br />Future Conversations:<br />What are the necessary changes schools need to make to increase student success?<br />Why are these changes important?<br />What will they mean for EVERYONE in the community?<br />Feedback from community is vital!<br />
  9. 9. Schools can’t do it alone<br />“For all public’s education’s remarkable success, no generation of educators in the history of the world has been asked to do what Americans now demand of their schools” (Vollmer, 156).<br />
  10. 10. Did you know…<br />Alpena schools buses travel the distance from Disney World and back in ONE day, plus a few extra miles to make a round trip to the Mackinaw Bridge (averaging 2,990 miles a day!)<br />
  11. 11. Time to reflect<br />Questions and Comments <br />

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