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Parent Curr Meeting

  1. 1. Lake Michigan Catholic Schools Curriculum and Instruction Parent Information Meeting March 12, 2008 7-8 p.m.
  2. 2. About Me <ul><li>13 years in experience as a professional educator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>teacher, principal, curriculum director, WMU adjunct professor, children’s museum program manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B.S. in Elementary Education; M.A. in Educational Leadership: Central Office Administration; 20 credit hours in M.S. program Software Engineering; and completing dissertation to earn a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership: the Superintendency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have been an active participant in a district-wide PLC process, NCA and Baldrige Quality Education process, as well as administrative work with PLC and curriculum mapping concepts since 2001 </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Curriculum and Instruction Consultant? <ul><li>The Curriculum and Instruction Consultant: </li></ul><ul><li>Makes sure that teachers are teaching what they should be teaching and that they are teaching it well. </li></ul><ul><li>Makes sure that students are learning and that we are assisting students that need support. </li></ul><ul><li>Makes sure that teachers that need assistance, support and resources have the tools they need to be successful so that students learn what they need to know. </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates professional development and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Guides curriculum development processes and efforts. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are Professional Learning Communities? <ul><li>&quot;Educators committed to working collaboratively in ongoing processes of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. Professional learning communities operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>-Learning by Doing (2006) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>What are Professional Learning Communities? </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibit a shared mission, vision, and values </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on learning, not teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Use data to make decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Research best practices and learn by doing </li></ul><ul><li>Are committed to continuous improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Are results oriented (Desired Result: Student Success!) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Professional Learning Communities <ul><li>There are five guiding questions for the work of our Professional Learning Community teams: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do we want students to know? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How will we know that they have learned it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What will we do if they don’t learn it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How will we enrich the learning of students who are already proficient? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we use our team goals and evidence of student learning to inform and improve our practice? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Lake Michigan Catholic Professional Learning Community Collaborative Faculty Learning Teams <ul><li>How are our faculty teams formed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our collaborative teacher teams are established by grade level, K-5, and by subject/department, 6-12. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For example, we have a K team, a 6-12 Math team, a K-12 fine arts team, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>When do our teams meet? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our teams meet approximately 3 times a month for one hour afterschool and for 3 hours once a month during the afternoon of student released half days. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What have these collaborative teams been working on? <ul><li>They have been learning more about: </li></ul><ul><li>the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) and the High School Course Content Expectations (HSCCEs) </li></ul><ul><li>the Michigan Department of Education Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>K-7 Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>K-8 Social Studies, Math, English Language Arts </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What have these collaborative teams been working on? <ul><li>Diocesan Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>research-based instructional methods (Marzano) </li></ul><ul><li>Student Academic Interventions </li></ul><ul><li>(K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) </li></ul><ul><li>analyzing student achievement assessment data, </li></ul><ul><li>conducting an instructional resources gap analysis, </li></ul><ul><li>the Curriculum Mapping process, </li></ul><ul><li>and how to use technology tools to make their work and collaboration more effective. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What does that mean for my child’s education? <ul><li>As a result of their work in PLC teams, faculty have already produced two artifacts. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pyramids of Intervention – these are intervention strategies that teachers implement when a child is not learning what is being taught. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle School and High School Course Description Guide – this document will provide information about graduation requirements and course content for parents of middle and high school students </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Work in Progress: Curriculum Maps <ul><li>Curriculum Maps are a method for teachers to communicate course expectations, pacing, and instructional and assessment methods with parents and each other. </li></ul><ul><li>A curriculum map is a plan of instruction and assessment for each subject area and each grade level. </li></ul><ul><li>Maps are created at a pace of one subject per year. </li></ul><ul><li>We are currently writing maps for Math, K-12. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Curriculum & Instruction: What’s Ahead? <ul><li>This summer a Learning Team comprised of three teachers, one from each building level, will attend an intensive three day “Professional Learning Communities at Work Institute”. They will develop knowledge and leadership skills that will allow them to serve as building leaders as we continue our work in collaborative professional learning teams during the 2008-2009 school year and beyond. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Curriculum & Instruction: What’s Ahead? <ul><li>Development of the Curriculum Advisory Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This group will be comprised of parents, faculty, administration, and community representatives. This advisory board will meet quarterly to discuss curriculum work and provide feedback regarding curriculum related issues. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are interested in being considered for a position on this team, please sign up on the sheet at the table near where you entered the room tonight. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Yearly parent meetings to provide updated information regarding curriculum issues. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Questions, comments and concerns are always welcomed and appreciated! <ul><li>Mondays (AM & PM) & Wednesdays (PM) – Elementary Building </li></ul><ul><li>Tuesday-Friday – MS/HS Building </li></ul><ul><li>269-983-2511 ext. 37 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Under “Information” select “Curriculum” </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. What questions do you have? <ul><li>Thank you for your dedication to your child’s education and for being active partners with us. </li></ul>