Minarets Staff Opener August 17, 2012

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Opening keynote for Minarets staff as part of their take on 21st century education.

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  • Minarets Staff Opener August 17, 2012

    1. 1. Minarets High SchoolMinarets Charter High School Opening Keynote for Staff August 17, 2012
    2. 2. the common core( a 90-minute synopsis)
    3. 3. the common core( a 90-minute synopsis) just kidding.....
    4. 4. where did we leave off?
    5. 5. where did we leave off?
    6. 6. welcome to the madness ! Tami Pilcher Stefanie Ferguson Ag Earth Science, RSP, Projects Ag Bio, Ag Mechanics
    7. 7. welcome to the madness Ryan Finfrock John Martin English 11, Algebra CD, Peer Mentoring, Projects Algebra 1, Projects
    8. 8. welcome to the madness Merrie Lee Bill and Gina Hartley Front Office EMT
    9. 9. why are we doing what we’re doing?
    10. 10. I’m not going to lie....it’s ademanding place to work
    11. 11. I’m not going to lie....it’s ademanding place to work
    12. 12. I’m not going to lie....it’s ademanding place to work Fall 2008
    13. 13. I’m not going to lie....it’s ademanding place to work Fall 2008
    14. 14. I’m not going to lie....it’s ademanding place to work Fall 2008 Fall 2011
    15. 15. Everyday in America,875 high school students dropout
    16. 16. 2/3 of all high school students report being bored everyday in class
    17. 17. 81% of high school students describetheir curriculum as not interesting
    18. 18. High schools studentsconsidering dropping out, say the reason why:
    19. 19. High schools studentsconsidering dropping out, say the reason why: “I don’t like school.” (50%)
    20. 20. High schools studentsconsidering dropping out, say the reason why: “I don’t like school.” (50%) “I don’t see the value in the work I’m being asked to do.” (42%)
    21. 21. High schools studentsconsidering dropping out, say the reason why: “I don’t like school.” (50%) “I don’t see the value in the work I’m being asked to do.” (42%) “ I don’t like the teachers.” (39%)
    22. 22. the new work paradigm• 53% of recent college grads are either unemployed or underemployed (not working in jobs that require college degrees)•creating one’s own job• the new entrepreneur - what do I do and how can I sell it?• most agree that future employment is going to depend on creativity, collaboration, self-starting, entrepreneurial skills and more.
    23. 23. a teacher’s role• are we really just preparing students for college or for something much more?• it’s not good enough to say “you’ll need this in college” or just get to college• it’s all changing...what is our role? Is it creating opportunties to address the above and being able to demonstrate it.• how do you see yourself? Can anyone be just Math Teacher, English Teacher, History teacher?
    24. 24. what has madeour school special? you tell me.....
    25. 25. average LAUSD class size?
    26. 26. average LAUSD class size? 43
    27. 27. average LAUSD class size? 43average minarets class size?
    28. 28. average LAUSD class size? 43average minarets class size? 24
    29. 29. relationships -student voice and choice -public and professional -more c’s -
    30. 30. relationships - students as customers, service,communication, interest, access, availabilitystudent voice and choice - project menus, student input,student surveys, student ownership, student buy-inpublic and professional - presenting, competing, risk-taking,real world, non anonymity, etc.more c’s - collaboration, creativity, coaching,customization, caring,
    31. 31. what are we not?
    32. 32. what are we always aiming to be?
    33. 33. what are we always aiming to be?transformative
    34. 34. are your studentshaving a transformative experience?
    35. 35. are your studentshaving a transformative experience? are you as a teacher?
    36. 36. distinguish yourself
    37. 37. distinguish yourselfor extinguish yourself
    38. 38. a digital footprint.... a digital citizen
    39. 39. a digital footprint.... a digital citizen the new resume
    40. 40. your on-line presence
    41. 41. your on-line presence
    42. 42. your on-line presence I would like to work at Minarets
    43. 43. what about socialnetworking at school?
    44. 44. project-based education
    45. 45. Academic Model•teacher lead or designed• single classroom• content-oriented: designed to better understand prescribed content• resulting products or projects are not the key and essentially bi-products
    46. 46. Mixed Model• purpose is both the project and the academic content• tends to involve more out-of-the classroom activities and pursuits• focuses on authentic project or work that matters - exhibitions, presentations, publishing, etc.• less about transmitting knowlege and more about developing skills w/ real word applications
    47. 47. Entrepreneurial Model• builds on the mixed model• designed to build on entrepreneurial spirit and skills• focuses on authentic, high quality and professional products• more student-controlled or designed
    48. 48. one of the many models
    49. 49. high tech high san diegohttp://www.hightechhigh.org/schools/HTH/
    50. 50. high tech high
    51. 51. high tech high * one of the most famous project-based, performance-based schools in the U.S., if not the world
    52. 52. high tech high * one of the most famous project-based, performance-based schools in the U.S., if not the world * charter school that is on a lottery drawing from lower socio-economic areas of San Diego
    53. 53. high tech high * one of the most famous project-based, performance-based schools in the U.S., if not the world * charter school that is on a lottery drawing from lower socio-economic areas of San Diego * has twice as many grads going into STEM majors and careers, but they have no AP classes. Also, 100 percent of grads attend college
    54. 54. high tech high * one of the most famous project-based, performance-based schools in the U.S., if not the world * charter school that is on a lottery drawing from lower socio-economic areas of San Diego * has twice as many grads going into STEM majors and careers, but they have no AP classes. Also, 100 percent of grads attend college * has cool integrated math and art projects - Calculicious, PhysNewtons and more.
    55. 55. high tech high * one of the most famous project-based, performance-based schools in the U.S., if not the world * charter school that is on a lottery drawing from lower socio-economic areas of San Diego * has twice as many grads going into STEM majors and careers, but they have no AP classes. Also, 100 percent of grads attend college * has cool integrated math and art projects - Calculicious, PhysNewtons and more. * all students showcase their key projects in what are called “exhibitions.”
    56. 56. changing perceptions• rigor - more of the same of something truly higher, greater and better?• academics and academic success• homework vs. projects• can all of us articulate what we do?• true professionalism - taking the talking and really walking the walk....
    57. 57. appeals of the traditional paradigm• For students? Easier, familiar, less public, more anonymity, easier to compete, less input,• For parents? more clearly defined objectives, checkpoints, rewards.... it’s also what they did and it was good enough (funny thing is it was)• Even socially, there is fight between paradigms - who is popular and who runs the school now? At Minarets?
    58. 58. finals• All classes and teachers should have quarter and semester finals• Needs to be more of “PRACTICAL FINAL” vs. the traditional.• Should be major presentation, culminating physical project, major contest entry, public performance or “exhibition”
    59. 59. collaboration•Mondays• WASC Teams - at least once per month• Curricular Teams - at least once per month• All Staff - at least one per month
    60. 60. SPC’S VS. TA’S
    61. 61. and?

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