Focused Learning
Ellsworth High School’s Response to Intervention
Focused Learning
Presenters
Who We Are
FacilitatorsEllsworth High School
• Located in Ellsworth, Maine
• 475 students
• Je...
Focused Learning
Research
Agenda
Design
Implement
Refine
DegreeSearch.org
IT IS A NATIONAL PROBLEM.
HERE IS OUR APPROACH.
Focused Learning
Consider the following…
How do we provide equitable access to our
response to intervention programs
for A...
Focused Learning
Components
No Opt Out!
• Focused Learning is built into our daily schedule.
Availability
• All teachers a...
Focused Learning
Simplifying RTI: Four
Essential Guiding
Principles
Research
Site Visit
RTI Tiers
Focused Learning
Research
A site visit to view a flexible period that focuses on intervention, for the
school’s population...
Focused Learning
Research
“If our new mission is to ensure high levels
of learning for all students, learning must be
the ...
Focused Learning
Research
“Ultimately, for interventions to work best,
they must be offered during a time when
teachers ar...
Focused Learning
Research
RTI Tiers
Tier 1
Tier 2
Tier 3
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Focused Learning
Tier 3: Targeted Intervention <5% of Students
Research
Tier 2: Strategic Instruction 5-15% of Students
Ex...
“I think overall it has helped students throughout the school. We
now have more opportunities to work with our teachers an...
“Without FL it would be hard for me and other students to balance
school work and sports. I couldn’t keep my grades up.”
-...
Focused Learning
Design
Intervention
Extension
Enrichment
Study Hall
Priority Schedule
Special Education
edYOUsched
It tak...
Focused Learning
Design
An academic intervention is a strategy used to teach a new skill, build
fluency in a skill, or enc...
Focused Learning
Design
An extension activity can be directly linked to course content for a
course that you are teaching....
Focused Learning
Design
Enrichment opportunities allow our staff and students to access
materials and programs that are no...
Focused Learning
Design
Study Hall
Study Hall, under the guidance of administration, is a quiet place for
students to work...
Focused Learning
Design
Priority Schedule
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Intervention
Priority Level 1
Social St...
Focused Learning
Design
Special Education
Be proactive:
• Ask your director or teachers what language they use for support...
Focused Learning
Design
edYOUsched - Teacher Dashboard
Focused Learning
Design
edYOUsched - Teacher Dashboard
Focused Learning
Design
edYOUsched - Student Dashboard
Focused Learning
Design
edYOUsched - Student Dashboard
Focused Learning
Design
It takes time…
My overall experience with Focused Learning has been positive. It
has given me the opportunity to ask for individual help ...
Focused Learning
“I struggle tremendously in math. With Focused Learning, I get the one-
on-one time I need. I’ve seen a h...
Focused Learning
Implement
At a Glance
Enrichment Proposals
Student Self-Advocacy
Fit Body - Fit Brain
Data & Outcomes
Focused Learning
Implement
At a Glance
Focused Learning
Implement
Enrichment Proposals
Teacher Name
Enrichment Topic
Rationale
Description for Students
Maximum C...
Focused Learning
Implement
Student Self-Advocacy
Focused Learning
Implement
Fit Body - Fit Brain
Focused Learning
Implement
Data & Outcomes
Number of Tags Per Quarter
Focused Learning
Implement
Data & Outcomes
Quarter 1 GPA - Students < 21 TagsQuarter 1 Tags
*Displayed in Percentages
I have found Focused Learning very helpful so far. I definitely like
having it as a part of my day. It's the perfect time ...
Focused Learning
“Thank you for having Focused Learning. It has helped me a lot this
year and I hope to have this for next...
Focused Learning
Role of FL Committee
Refine
Enrichment
CTE & SAT Prep
Teacher Commentary
Teacher Collaboration
Survey Res...
Focused Learning
Refine
Role of FL Committee
The Focused Learning Committee:
• conducts opportunities for staff and studen...
Focused Learning
Refine
Teacher Collaboration
“Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration,
wonderful thing...
Focused Learning
Refine
Survey: Student Results
Based upon student responses we…
• changed the time that teachers tag,
• r...
Focused Learning
Refine
Survey: Student Results
In a typical week, how often do you ask to be tagged by a teacher
because ...
Focused Learning
Refine
Enrichment
Sustainable
Arts
Boat
Building
Fencing
D.E.A.N
“I enjoy the extra time to practice my g...
Focused Learning
Refine
CTE & SAT Prep
Change is a process.
At first I was very skeptical of the whole idea of focused learning,
but after experiencing it and discovering how useful ...
Focused Learning
Refine
Teacher Commentary
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
- Maria Robinson
What ne...
Focused Learning
Ellsworth High School’s Response to Intervention
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  1. 1. Focused Learning Ellsworth High School’s Response to Intervention
  2. 2. Focused Learning Presenters Who We Are FacilitatorsEllsworth High School • Located in Ellsworth, Maine • 475 students • Jessie Falabella • Lydia Kinney • Jonathan Bender • Tracey Hollingsworth • Amanda VanTine • Heather Murad • Liz Burroughs • Tristan Bates “Ellsworth High School students, educators, and community members collaborate to create a climate that fosters excellence and enables students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for future education, career, and global citizenship.” - EHS Mission Statement
  3. 3. Focused Learning Research Agenda Design Implement Refine
  4. 4. DegreeSearch.org
  5. 5. IT IS A NATIONAL PROBLEM. HERE IS OUR APPROACH.
  6. 6. Focused Learning Consider the following… How do we provide equitable access to our response to intervention programs for ALL students?
  7. 7. Focused Learning Components No Opt Out! • Focused Learning is built into our daily schedule. Availability • All teachers are available for all students at the same time. Every Student • Teachers are working with all students, not only those identified.
  8. 8. Focused Learning Simplifying RTI: Four Essential Guiding Principles Research Site Visit RTI Tiers
  9. 9. Focused Learning Research A site visit to view a flexible period that focuses on intervention, for the school’s population of 110 students, was inspirational. Deer Isle - Stonington, Maine
  10. 10. Focused Learning Research “If our new mission is to ensure high levels of learning for all students, learning must be the constant, while instruction and time must be varied to meet the needs of every student. That is the purpose of RTI: to systematically provide every child with the additional time and support needed to learn at high levels.” Simplifying RTI
  11. 11. Focused Learning Research “Ultimately, for interventions to work best, they must be offered during a time when teachers are paid to be there and students are required to be there.” Simplifying RTI
  12. 12. Focused Learning Research RTI Tiers Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 www.blog.edmentum.com
  13. 13. Focused Learning Tier 3: Targeted Intervention <5% of Students Research Tier 2: Strategic Instruction 5-15% of Students Exceeds Standards Below Standards Tier 1: Core Curriculum 80-90% of Students T1 T2 T3T2T3
  14. 14. “I think overall it has helped students throughout the school. We now have more opportunities to work with our teachers and learn more in each class. My only suggestion is that you don't get rid of it for next year.” - Anonymous Student Focused Learning
  15. 15. “Without FL it would be hard for me and other students to balance school work and sports. I couldn’t keep my grades up.” - Anonymous Student Focused Learning
  16. 16. Focused Learning Design Intervention Extension Enrichment Study Hall Priority Schedule Special Education edYOUsched It takes time…
  17. 17. Focused Learning Design An academic intervention is a strategy used to teach a new skill, build fluency in a skill, or encourage a child to apply an existing skill to new situations or settings. An intervention can be thought of as “a set of actions that, when taken, have demonstrated ability to change a fixed educational trajectory” (Methe & Riley-Tillman, 2008; p. 37).1 Intervention 1. www.interventioncentral.org
  18. 18. Focused Learning Design An extension activity can be directly linked to course content for a course that you are teaching. It is an opportunity to gather honors challenge students, bring in a guest speaker that normally would not be available to attend your class, to pair up with another teacher, or to generally build more challenging experiences for students who are enrolled in a course that you teach. Extension
  19. 19. Focused Learning Design Enrichment opportunities allow our staff and students to access materials and programs that are not readily available during a typical classroom setting. During enrichment activities students will be able to go beyond their usual course offerings to explore their many talents and abilities. We, as an educational community, recognize the merit and value of many programs that simple do not fit in the curricula that we teach. These topics will offer educational value and correlate to a standard or piece of research that explains the educational merit. Enrichment
  20. 20. Focused Learning Design Study Hall Study Hall, under the guidance of administration, is a quiet place for students to work if they have not been tagged for an intervention or extension, or signed up for an enrichment activity. We are currently working on integrating a teacher-facilitated “help desk” to create a more productive work environment for our students.
  21. 21. Focused Learning Design Priority Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Intervention Priority Level 1 Social Studies English Math Science Foreign Language P.E. & Health Intervention Priority Level 2 Science VPA Social Studies English Math Intervention Priority Level 3 English Foreign Language Science Math Social Studies Extension Priority VPA Math P.E. Social Studies Science/English
  22. 22. Focused Learning Design Special Education Be proactive: • Ask your director or teachers what language they use for supported study hall and provide student access to supported study hall. • Give the Special Education teachers voice in the tagging protocol.
  23. 23. Focused Learning Design edYOUsched - Teacher Dashboard
  24. 24. Focused Learning Design edYOUsched - Teacher Dashboard
  25. 25. Focused Learning Design edYOUsched - Student Dashboard
  26. 26. Focused Learning Design edYOUsched - Student Dashboard
  27. 27. Focused Learning Design It takes time…
  28. 28. My overall experience with Focused Learning has been positive. It has given me the opportunity to ask for individual help from teachers during the school day, which I prefer to coming in after school. I have used Focused Learning to make-up work I was absent for, to retake exams, and to ask teachers for help.  - Anonymous Student Focused Learning
  29. 29. Focused Learning “I struggle tremendously in math. With Focused Learning, I get the one- on-one time I need. I’ve seen a huge improvement in my grades. - Anonymous Student
  30. 30. Focused Learning Implement At a Glance Enrichment Proposals Student Self-Advocacy Fit Body - Fit Brain Data & Outcomes
  31. 31. Focused Learning Implement At a Glance
  32. 32. Focused Learning Implement Enrichment Proposals Teacher Name Enrichment Topic Rationale Description for Students Maximum Capacity Time Frame & Frequency
  33. 33. Focused Learning Implement Student Self-Advocacy
  34. 34. Focused Learning Implement Fit Body - Fit Brain
  35. 35. Focused Learning Implement Data & Outcomes Number of Tags Per Quarter
  36. 36. Focused Learning Implement Data & Outcomes Quarter 1 GPA - Students < 21 TagsQuarter 1 Tags *Displayed in Percentages
  37. 37. I have found Focused Learning very helpful so far. I definitely like having it as a part of my day. It's the perfect time to get extra help when falling behind or making up absent work. - Anonymous Student Focused Learning
  38. 38. Focused Learning “Thank you for having Focused Learning. It has helped me a lot this year and I hope to have this for next year as well. I owe almost all of my thanks to my teachers who tagged me for Focused Learning. I also owe thanks to the people who created Focused Learning so people could get caught up on work. Thank you so much.” -Anonymous Student
  39. 39. Focused Learning Role of FL Committee Refine Enrichment CTE & SAT Prep Teacher Commentary Teacher Collaboration Survey Results
  40. 40. Focused Learning Refine Role of FL Committee The Focused Learning Committee: • conducts opportunities for staff and student feedback, • acts upon the results, • and serves as a collective body for program oversight - teacher maintained.
  41. 41. Focused Learning Refine Teacher Collaboration “Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” - Mattie J.T. Stepanek
  42. 42. Focused Learning Refine Survey: Student Results Based upon student responses we… • changed the time that teachers tag, • redistributed the website and login information, • re-examined our study hall structure.
  43. 43. Focused Learning Refine Survey: Student Results In a typical week, how often do you ask to be tagged by a teacher because you want to do work in their room?
  44. 44. Focused Learning Refine Enrichment Sustainable Arts Boat Building Fencing D.E.A.N “I enjoy the extra time to practice my guitar individually or with friends.” - Anonymous Student
  45. 45. Focused Learning Refine CTE & SAT Prep Change is a process.
  46. 46. At first I was very skeptical of the whole idea of focused learning, but after experiencing it and discovering how useful it is, I hope that the Focused Learning program is here to stay. - Anonymous Student Focused Learning
  47. 47. Focused Learning Refine Teacher Commentary
  48. 48. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” - Maria Robinson What new ending will YOU create for YOUR students?
  49. 49. Focused Learning Ellsworth High School’s Response to Intervention

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