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  1. 1. Believe! 2009 School Opening Faculty Meeting
  2. 5. What do we want PEOPLE TO KNOW?
  3. 6. What is their First Impression?
  4. 7. Classroom Environment
  5. 8. Building Environment
  6. 9. The Physical Plant
  7. 10. The Inspiration!
  8. 16. Believe <ul><li>Every student has the right to a meaningful education. </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction should involve students in the process of learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations should align with policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the learning environment: HVAC, Lighting, arrangement of classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Expect students to complete assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Treat other staff members and students with respect. </li></ul><ul><li>Student Success </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Education </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Optimal Conditions for Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate Failure as an option </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Fairness </li></ul><ul><li>Equity </li></ul>
  9. 17. Believe <ul><li>Make things work for Lee-Davis. </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t have to stand up front to be a leader. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to expand our tool kit as educators and look to adapt to and embrace change. </li></ul><ul><li>Collectively – 1600+ years of experience here. </li></ul><ul><li>Work to provide students with assistance if failure is imminent. </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out to parents and community leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>Support Athletics and extra curricular activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Intervention </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>Pride </li></ul>
  10. 18. What has changed? Expectations 1900 1950 2009
  11. 19. Generational Influence <ul><li>Veteran </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomer </li></ul><ul><li>Generation X </li></ul><ul><li>Millennial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What type of learner you are determines the methodology you teach with. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your priorities? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is important to you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is important to your students? </li></ul></ul>
  12. 21. Change <ul><li>As educators, we are often resistant to change: lesson plans, instructional practices, etc… </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development often viewed as “the next thing” instead of a continuum. </li></ul><ul><li>This year – we will start a “Year of Discovery” geared to the improvement of instruction: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PLC development: 21 st Century Skills and Brain based Learning – a teacher focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math Institute – an instructional focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robert Greenleaf: October 12 th – student learner focus </li></ul></ul>
  13. 23. Learning <ul><li>Elementary School – classroom looks fun, inviting, they can’t wait to get there! </li></ul><ul><li>Middle School-More Structure, more rows, more rules </li></ul><ul><li>High School – Rigid format, bells ring, rules, rules, rules </li></ul><ul><li>As educators, we need to communicate expectations and goals from day one. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not Behavioral </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do we have different expectations in September than in June? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating with students, parents and each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Invitation </li></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations & Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-personal relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Intra-personal relationships </li></ul>
  14. 24. Fear of the unknown <ul><li>Why should we do something different? </li></ul>
  15. 26. 21 st Century <ul><li>What type of participant are you? </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding strengths & differences of students. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage them in the learning – don’t just tell them what to do. </li></ul><ul><li>What is the purpose of this assignment? </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on the end result – not the teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect & Responsibility – they need to feel they matter! </li></ul><ul><li>Put in context – what they learn relate other knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate what you currently do. </li></ul><ul><li>Create Conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Frontal Lobe </li></ul><ul><li>Millennial Learners </li></ul><ul><li>Achievement Matters </li></ul><ul><li>Optimal Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Year of Discovery </li></ul>
  16. 27. Set Big Goals <ul><li>We need to set big goals for ourselves and for our students – not related to SOL scores! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about the learning – which is not linear. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We need to look at what we can add/delete over the course of the year. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Today we will all be asked to set goals – personal, professional, departmental. </li></ul><ul><li>THINK BIG! </li></ul><ul><li>Importance – not what we teach, or how we teach it – but the why/where/when we assess what they know that is important – and methodology. </li></ul>
  17. 28. Changes (physical) <ul><li>New Senior Patio created. </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Patio/Garden area created. </li></ul><ul><li>40 classrooms painted </li></ul><ul><li>Commons area painted </li></ul><ul><li>ISS room painted </li></ul><ul><li>Gym Floor refinished </li></ul><ul><li>“ E” Hall door frames painted </li></ul><ul><li>Aqua Blue – no more! </li></ul>
  18. 31. Change <ul><li>AP Assignments : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9 th Grade: Melissa Hilderbrand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 th Grade: Jennifer Cohodas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11 th Grade: Robert Sargeant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12 th Grade: Ginny Matthews </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Counselors : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director: Margo-lyn Grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9 th Grade: Abby Allen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 th Grade: Amy Coulliard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Substitute: Marge Cowan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11 th Grade: Jan Zalewski </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12 th Grade: Annie Williams </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Organizational </li></ul>
  19. 32. Expectations <ul><li>Reach 21 st Century learners. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop 21 st Century Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work creatively with others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze – arguments, claims, beliefs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Synthesize Information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Problem Solving </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Work Independently </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate effectively </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Articulate arguments </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use multi-media technologies </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Work Collaboratively </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>On projects – assume responsibility </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Instructional Change </li></ul>
  20. 34. Expectations <ul><li>Evaluate and Analyze what we currently do as teachers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment created first? Last? Why? Type? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lesson Plans – same as always? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities for students – purpose? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homework – purpose, expectations? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syllabus – should contain clear, concise language for: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grading Policies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Makeup Work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expectations for Cited work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Goals for Students to attain </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 35. Tear down the Box <ul><li>4 minute mile – experts said it could not be done! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May 1954 – ran 3:59.4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>37 people since then have done the same thing! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lincoln – wanted perfect Generals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lost battle after battle from 1861-64 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grant leads Union to victory even though he has personal problems. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Message – worst thing we can say is the word “can’t” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can learn and it can be meaningful. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be willing to do something extra-ordinary. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We don’t move forward if we keep using the word “can’t” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We don’t just need to “think outside the box”, we need to tear down the box we have, redesign the box, make it useful for the 21 st century and make the box serve a purpose for our students” </li></ul>
  22. 36. Change <ul><li>Bell Schedule – 4 daily blocks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small % of students @ THCTT </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On Line Grading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacherease grading program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gradual Implementation for parents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blackboard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>21 st Century learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacherease page linked to BB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Update weekly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add Principal & AP as TA to your site. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-conference – show your stuff! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For Students </li></ul><ul><li>For Faculty </li></ul><ul><li>For Parents </li></ul>
  23. 37. Staffing Changes <ul><li>New Positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director of Counseling: Margo-lyn Grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health & PE DC – David Wilton </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New to Lee-Davis High School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choral – Jana Martin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counseling – Abby Allen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drama: Katherine Facemire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English: John Working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Education: Dana Johnson, Lindsey Covington </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science: Renee Reisenweaver & Devon Thiel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Studies: David Hillgrove & Sarah Farrar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Education: Sarah Anton, Eva Hahn, Linda Hahn, Tim Sanders, Daryl Morris, Wyatt Hicks, Denise Bonovitch, Martin Darby, Elizabeth Knight </li></ul></ul>
  24. 38. Classroom Environment?
  25. 39. Carousel Brain Storm <ul><li>You are divided into 1 of 7 groups </li></ul><ul><li>When you arrive in commons – listen to directions from facilitators </li></ul><ul><li>Each station contains a statement (open ended) for you to complete/fill in add to. </li></ul><ul><li>Rotate when the music stops </li></ul><ul><li>When finished, have a seat at the tables. </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection and Report out will take place. </li></ul>
  26. 40. Believe!