Establishing A Culture For Learning


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Good Morning: Wednesday afternoon, October 15th, is the district professional development day. A staff member from Emerson Court will visit your school for the purpose of administering the Standards and Rubrics for LEA Improvement, Standards 2 and 3. The session is scheduled to begin 30 minutes after your dismissal.

As the district moves forward with planning and implementation of Corrective Action goals with ADE, it is important that we use findings from the survey to help plan curriculum, instruction, professional development and assessment.

I realize the district has used this survey in the past for our Blueprint for Student Success planning, and that some schools have recently re-visited the survey this year as part of your planning process. However, gathering district-wide data for Standards 2 and 3, at this time, will include input from of our 150+ new teachers to the district, as well as an opportunity to disaggregate the findings by grade level, special areas, ELD/Mainstream classrooms, SPED, and other sub-groups … in addition to providing data for each school.

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Establishing A Culture For Learning

  1. 1. Establishing a Culture for Learning October 15, 2008
  2. 2. Framework for Our Discussion <ul><li>District’s Strategic Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Our Beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>Improve Student Achievement </li></ul><ul><li>The Parking Lot for Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Strategic Plan <ul><li>Our Blueprint for Student Success is … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guiding Focus for our Daily Work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aligns our Work with the Goals of the Plan </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. We Believe <ul><li>All children can and will learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents want and deserve the best education for their children; deserving our full support in the co-education of their children. </li></ul><ul><li>We are all learners – teachers and students alike. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Breakthroughs in Learning <ul><li>Our blueprint plan includes these goals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement a comprehensive curriculum with alignment to standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance the aligned curriculum with innovative themes and research-based instructional strategies </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Celebrate our Successes <ul><li>10 schools met Adequate Yearly Progress by NCLB standards </li></ul><ul><li>13 schools met AZ Learns standards at Performing, Performing Plus or Highly Performing </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to data analysis to provide high quality instruction for all groups of students </li></ul><ul><li>Share your successes … </li></ul>
  7. 7. Accept our Challenges <ul><li>6 schools did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress </li></ul><ul><li>3 schools are Underperforming in AZ Learns </li></ul><ul><li>District, as a whole, has not meet Adequate Yearly Progress for 3 years in a row </li></ul><ul><li>Corrective Action status with ADE </li></ul><ul><li>Reading is an area of focus across all grades and most sub-groups of students </li></ul><ul><li>What are your concerns? </li></ul>
  8. 8. What Does Corrective Action Mean? <ul><li>No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>LEA Improvement is an identification given to a Title 1 school district if they fail to make AYP for two consecutive years in the same indicator and across all grade spans </li></ul>
  9. 9. What Does Corrective Action Mean? <ul><li>ADE Requires District commitment to </li></ul><ul><li>1 and/or 2 Options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Option 1: Budget – Are Title 1 funds used to support the area of greatest need? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Option 2: Curriculum – Is our reading and math curricula aligned to standards, implemented with fidelity, and supported by quality professional development? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Today’s Survey <ul><li>Input from all teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Provides information and framework for improving: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>assessment </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Next Steps <ul><li>Parking Lot Questions will be answered and shared with all in FAQ format </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze and share findings from survey </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Identify needs to improve curriculum and instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and implement improvement plan </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>