Hilliard City Schools February, 2012 A Monthly Bulletin from the Offices of Curriculum and InstructionThe Curriculum Connection Electronic Walkthroughs/Instructional Rounds Training The expectation is that all administrators are setup for, and become familiar with, creating and managing walkthroughs electronically by the end of this school year. Then, everyone will be ready to “hit the ground running” and conduct ALL of their walkthroughs/rounds electronically beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. The new walkthrough site/application offers the ability to create and manage walkthrough records, both online (connected to the Internet) and offline (in classrooms where an Internet connection is not available). Please go to http://tinyurl.com/walkthru-setup as soon as possible to fill out a form to help the technology department prepare your device(s). Have your device (e.g., iPad, HP Laptop, etc.) available when you fill out the form. Once you are setup, it is important that you attend a training session on best practices for creating and managing electronic walkthroughs/rounds. There are two sessions currently scheduled: Tuesday, March 13th 4-5pm @ COA Large Annex Tuesday, April 3rd 1-2pm @ COA Large Annex Please contact the Technology Helpdesk (Betsy) @ 921-7777 if there are any questions, as she is coordinating the device setups. Feel free to also contact Rich, Mark or Jerry, if needed. Standards Update Secondary Language Arts: • Twelve 7th and 8th grade Language Arts teachers (four from each middle school) have met on three occasions to align our Language Arts curriculum to the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts. They will meet again on Thursday, March 1st and Friday, March 16th. • The implementation of the new standards in MS will begin next school year. Math: • Throughout the 2011-2012 school year, all 6th grade Math courses implemented the new Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. • Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, all 7th grade Math courses will be implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. • Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, all 8th grade/HS Math courses will be implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Science: • Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, our 6th grade Science course will be implementing Ohio’s Science Revised Academic Content Standards and Model Curriculum. • Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, our 7th grade Science courses will be implementing Ohio’s Science Revised Academic Content Standards and Model Curriculum. • Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, our 8th grade/HS Science courses will be implementing Ohio’s Science Revised Academic Content Standards and Model Curriculum. Social Studies: • Throughout the 2011-2012 school year, the Social Studies Steering Committee has been researching and planning for our Course of Study revision with a target implementation of the 2013-2014 school year. • As a part of the committee’s work, “Creating America”, a new Social Studies course offered to 8th grade students for high school credit, has been created. This course will be offered to our 8th grade students that meet the prerequisite qualifications in the 2012-2013 school year. • Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, all secondary Social Studies courses will be implementing Ohio’s Social Studies Revised Academic Content Standards and Model Curriculum.
The Curriculum Connection Standards Update Elementary Hilliard City Schools is implementing a rolling phase-in of the Common Core and newly revised State Standards at the elementary level. Kindergarten and first grade teachers are implementing the four content areas (English, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies) this year. Classroom teachers and special education intervention specialists/tutors participated in one full day of professional development on February 28-29, 2012. During PD, they used the newly created District Trimester Curriculum Maps to plan integrated instruction with building colleagues. In 2014-15, state assessments will be aligned to the new Standards. Our current kindergarteners will be the first third graders to take new state assessments. The state’s testing timeline is below: Current grade In 2014-15 K 3rd grade 1st grade 4th grade 2nd grade 5th grade 3rd grade 6th grade 4th grade 7th grade 5th grade 8th grade Value-added/Linkage PD Some teachers in Hilliard will receive teacher-level value-added reports in September, 2012. The reports will measure the growth that the teacher produced on average with students they instructed during the 2011-2012 school year. The value-added measure is calculated through students’ OAA scaled scores and all previous OAA data points. The teacher will be ranked in one of five categories: Most Effective to Least Effective. In an effort to prepare HCSD principals to support our teachers, our CO staff will design and deliver six hours of professional development for administrators in two sessions: March 6 or 14 / April 26 or May 2. Please make sure you have the date you signed up for on your calendar (if you are not sure, please call LaDonna Smith at extension 7053). This training will be essential for preparing your staff for the value added linkage process. Free resources are available for use by administrators and teachers at www.battelleforkids.com through the portal. Summer Academy 2012 Highlights This year’s Summer Academy “Opening Doors X” will span three weeks: June 6-8, June 11-15, and June 18-22. While we are still collecting proposals from staff, a few of the workshops being offered are: • Tier 1 RTI Math Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Learners (Elementary and Secondary) • Mastery Learning for Deeper Understanding • Student-Led Conferences • Learning How to Create 21st Century Power Points • Autism Awareness Classes will be posted in PDExpress on April 2, 2012. Project Based Learning Cohort Over 200 Hilliard City School District teachers have been trained to design and implement Project Based Learning units (PBL). Since we began this initiative during the last school year, our goal has been to find opportunities to share the PBL units, continue to learn more about PBL, and build capacity across the district. To accomplish this, a PBL Wiki was created in eCampus. On this site are the PBL resources, templates, a posting of all units created, and a link to Webinar Wednesdays on the Buck Institute website. Twice a month, the Buck Institute offers PBL webinars on a variety of topics free of charge. We have created a discussion forum on our PBL site for staff to share ideas after viewing the webinars. Please check it out! To become a student of the PBL Wiki class and navigate the site, the enrollment key is “pbl”. Page 2
The Curriculum Connection Kindergarten Screening Children that are five years old prior to September 30, 2012 are eligible to register for kindergarten in Hilliard Schools. Part of this process is a 60-90 minute face-to-face screening for child and parent. The parents meet with the principal for an overview of the building and “school processes” while children engage in academic assessment, hearing/vision screening, and social interactions with other children. Classroom teachers observe as children browse at books and use mathematical manipulatives. Screenings begin March 5 through mid-April at SSF. Math Instruction and Interventions As we work to consistently implement the Response to Intervention framework across our system, we realize the need to clearly craft appropriate interventions for Tiers 1, 2 and 3. This is especially true in mathematics as it is a relatively “new” area for resource development by publishing companies. Quite honestly, there are not a lot of math interventions in the education field that can be delivered easily and quickly by classroom teachers. In an effort to fill this gap, the elementary math coaches will be doing the following: • Offering three Summer Academy classes on appropriate elementary Tier 1 math interventions. The classes will be designed by grade-level: K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. • Using the 2012-13 school year to recruit and train a cadre of “RTI Coordinators” to serve each elementary. The group will research, select, and design intervention lessons to serve as examples of appropriate Tier 2 and 3 interventions in the math classroom. Scheduling Update 6th Grade: • Scheduling is underway and both Station and Tharp have had their parent meetings outlining the new scheduling process as well as the increased opportunities for students to explore their interests. • New courses include: STEM; iTopics; Math Extensions; and Reading Extensions. • Registration materials are due back to students’ respective home school on Monday, March 5th . Middle School: • Registration materials were distributed to middle schools on Monday, February 27th . • Parent Meetings for students entering 7th Grade will be held at the middle schools on Wednesday, February 29th at 7:00 pm. • Parent meetings for students entering 8th Grade will be held on the following nights: Heritage MS – Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 pm; Memorial MS – Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 pm; Weaver MS – Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 pm. • 7th grade registration materials are due back to students’ respective home school on Wednesday, March 7th . • 8th grade registration materials are due on Wednesday, March 14th. • New courses available to 7th grade students include: Design & Robotics; Public Speaking & Presenting; and Family & Consumer Sciences. • New courses available to 8th grade students include: Design & Robotics; Green Architecture, Energy & the Environment; Honors English 9*; Intro to Writer’s Craft; Intro to Journalism; Personal Decisions*; and Creating America*. *denotes a course in which high school credit can be earned Page 3
The Curriculum Connection ILE Annouces $500 Student Innovation Scholarships The Educational Service Center of Central Ohio will be awarding up to ten $500 “Student Innovations in Learning” scholarships for K-12 students at the Ohio Innovative Learning Environments Conference July 30 – August 3, 2012. Scholarship winners will be selected from nominations by teachers, schools, or any educational or community groups statewide—describing in no more than 500 words—how the student exemplifies or demonstrates the spirit of innovation through the following criteria: 1. Driving question that prompted this innovation. 2. What challenges and rewards resulted from the innovation? 3. In what type of learning environment (traditional or nontraditional) did this take place? 4. How does it best relate to one of the conference strands (listed below)? • Inquiry-Based Instruction and Assessment (Project-based Learning) • Transformative Leadership • Global Education • College, Career and Community Connections • Technology Supported Learning Student awardees and their nominator will be expected to share their innovation story in a brief, five minute presentation during the Ohio Innovative Learning Environments Conference. Submissions need to include the following: Nominator Name and School/Business Address Student Name/Grade Level/School 500 Word Narrative (as detailed above) Nominations are due by April 20th and are to be electronically submitted to Linda Romano. Contact Linda with questions or for more information. Connected Leader Webinars The Department of Curriculum & Instruction will be producing two more webinars this school year: “Connecting the Work” and “Creating Student Centered Classrooms.” The “Connecting the Work” webinar will be released next week. “Creating Student Centered Classrooms” will be released in April. All the webinars produced this school year can still be viewed by visiting: http://the-connected-leader.blogspot.com/ 2011-2012 Webinars Released So Far: Webinar #1: 5 Questions Data Teams should Begin to Answer to Guide Discussion for the 2011-2012 School Year Webinar #2: Using the Walkthrough & Instructional Round Observation Template Webinar #3: Knows & Applies Best Practice – Part I Webinar #4: Knows & Applies Best Practice – Part II Webinar #5: Gives & Receives Feedback – Part 1 Webinar #6: Gives & Receives Feedback – Part II Webinar #7: Establishing Purpose for Learning Page 4
The Curriculum Connection Grades 6 - 8 Course Placement Now that the scheduling process is underway for grades 6-8, it is important that we are all aware of the placement criteria for certain courses. These criteria were carefully established using historical data, current student performance data, and national normative data. Grade 6 Math: Math 6: No placement criteria required Pre-Algebra: Grade 5 Winter Math MAP RIT of 245+ Appeal: Grade 5 Winter Math MAP RIT of 240 – 244 AND 5th Grade Advanced OAA Math score AND Scored 15+ on the Hilliard Math Placement Test Grade 6* *This assessment will be given in May at the student’s home school Grade 7 Math: Math 7: No placement criteria required Pre-Algebra: Grade 6 Winter Math MAP RIT of 220 – 244 Appeal: 6th Grade Proficient or above OAA Math Score Algebra 1: Successful completion of Pre-Algebra in 6th Grade or Grade 6 Winter Math MAP RIT of 245+ Appeal: Grade 6 Winter Math MAP RIT of 240 – 244 AND 6th Grade Advanced OAA Math score AND Scored 36+ on the Hilliard Math Placement Test Grade 7* *This assessment will be given in May at the student’s home school Grade 7 Language Arts: Language Arts 7: No placement criteria required Advanced Language Arts 7: Grade 6 Winter Reading MAP RIT of 229+ Appeal: 6th Grade Advanced or Accelerated OAA Reading score Grade 8 Language Arts: Language Arts 8: No placement criteria required Honors English 9: Grade 7 Winter Reading MAP RIT of 235+ Appeal: Final grade of “A” in Advanced Language Arts 7 AND 7th Grade Advanced OAA Reading Score Grade 7 Science: Science 7: No placement criteria required Advanced Science 7: Students who are eligible for and select Algebra 1 will be given the Science MAP test in the spring (cut scores will be determined following the administration of this assessment) Appeal: Hilliard Science Placement Test Grade 7 (currently being created – cut scores will be determined following the administration of this assessment) Grade 8 Social Studies: Social Studies 8: No placement criteria required Creating America: Grade 7 Winter Reading MAP RIT of 235+ Appeal: Final grade of “A” in Advanced Language Arts 7 AND Final grade of “A” in Social Studies 7 AND 7th Grade Advanced OAA Reading Score Note: There will be a formal appeal process if a student/parent wishes to challenge placement. Details about the appeal process will be available on the district website in early March. Students/Parents will be required to submit in writing they wish to appeal placement. We do not anticipate many appeals being approved through this process, so students/parents should not be encouraged to appeal unless the Winter MAP score is very close to the cutoff. Page 5
The Curriculum Connection Keeping our eye on RTI! Tear Free, Tier 1 Data Progress monitoring is the pillar of the RTI framework. Once an intervention strategy has been identified for a student, we want to collect data to show if the intervention is successful or not. This quantitative piece is very important and is often our biggest challenge. It can be as easy as being intentional about record keeping on those tier 1 interventions teachers are trying with their students, especially those that seem to be struggling or not responding. Teachers can print out a class list where they can tally or document students they work with. Be sure they include when and for how long. Looking at this type of data over time can help them identify what works and what doesn’t as they look at the next step in intervention for this student. Examples of Tier 1 progress monitoring: • A ninth grade math teacher recognizes that two students lack the prerequisite skills in the area of fractions. Twice each week she gives those two students a short fraction assessment to see if those skills are improving. This is done in class by the classroom teacher while other students are working on their assignments. This data is recorded and graphed over time. • A seventh grade language arts teacher sees before the school year even begins that he has four students who are reading well below grade level. He administers a short reading comprehension check once each week to these four students. Usually he finds a time during class to do this, sometimes he needs to pull them out of lunch for the last 10 minutes to do this. This data is recorded and graphed over time. • A high school U.S. history teacher has three students who lack organizational skills and self-control in class. The teacher records every day whether these three students are on time, with proper supplies, have completed assignments, remain in their seats, and take notes. This data is recorded and graphed over time. March 2012 Calendar Dates March 1—7:45-2:45 Gr 7-8 Lang Arts Common Core (Lg Annex); March 2—F&P Window Closes; K-5 Progress Reports March 5—KG Screening @ SSF; 1:00-3:00 HS Dept Facilitators March 6—KG Screening @ SSF; 8:30-11:30 Principal Value Added Training (Lg Annex) March 7—LATE START DAY #4 March 8—KG Screening @ SSF; 7:45-2:45 PLTW—All (Sm Annex); 8:00-11:00 Pre K-12 Administrative Meeting (Annex); 3:30-4:45 Resident Educator Mtg (Lg Annex) March 9—OTELA Window Closes; KG Screening @ SSF March 12—OGT READING; KG Screening @ SSF March 13—OGT MATH; KG Screening @ SSF; 4-5:00 PM Electronic Walkthrough Training (Lg Annex) March 14—OGT WRITING; KG Screening @ SSF; 12:30-3:30 Principal Value Added Training (Lg Annex) March 15—OGT SCIENCE; KG Screening @ SSF; 4:00-6:00 K/1 iDiscovery SUM Group (WSH Rm 68) March 16—OGT SOCIAL STUDIES; LC Meeting; 7:45-2:45 Gr 7-8 Lang Arts Common Core (Lg Annex) March 19—KG Screening @ SSF; 1:00-3:00 HS Dept. Facilitators March 20—KG Screening @ SSF; 7:45-2:45 Performing Arts Course of Study (Gr. K-12) (Lg Annex); 10:00-6:00 LPDC Meeting (SSF Comp Lab) March 21—KG Screening @ SSF March 22—KG Screening @ SSF; 7:45-2:45 Journalism Course Development (Lg Annex) March 23—Grades 6-12 End 3rd Grading Period; 7:45-2:45 Journalism Course Development (Lg Annex) MARCH 26—MARCH 30—SPRING BREAK—NO SCHOOL Page 6