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ISB ES Vision - The ROAD MAP

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Published on April 22, 2008

Author: jmedved

Source: slideshare.net

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The following slides represent the ISB Elementary School vision for 2008 and beyond. This deck was the second of a series of presentations on the vision and direction the Elementary School will be taking going forward. Its purpose was to clarify points from the last meeting and build understanding.

This thinking represents our current "temporary fixed position"
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Please sit with your TEAM ES Faculty Meeting Mon, April 7, 2008 12:00-2:00

Meeting Goal For each area : Response Processing Time Concrete possibilities How? Build understanding of ES Vision by: • responding to some questions and concerns • providing concrete implementation possibilities

For each area :

Response

Processing Time

Concrete possibilities

“ How can we efficiently deepen student learning?” “ What is deep learning?” “ How do we know what deep is?” “ How deep do we go? “ When have we gone deep enough?”

“ How can we efficiently deepen student learning?”

What is “learning”? ISB Definition : Learning is the primary focus of our school. Our learners develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes by connecting prior learning to new experiences. The most significant learning generates increased understanding and can be seen in our expanded capacities to analyze, synthesize, reflect, apply and communicate our new learnings in a variety of situations --ISB Vision and Guiding Principles

ISB Definition : Learning is the primary focus of our school. Our learners develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes by connecting prior learning to new experiences. The most significant learning generates increased understanding and can be seen in our expanded capacities to analyze, synthesize, reflect, apply and communicate our new learnings in a variety of situations

Surface vs. Deep Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, 2006, UK Becoming actively interested in course content Feeling undue pressure and worry about work Examining logic and argument cautiously and critically Finding difficulty in making sense of new ideas presented Checking evidence and relating it to conclusions Memorizing facts and procedures routinely Looking for patterns and underlying principles Treating a course as unrelated bits of knowledge Relating ideas to previous knowledge and experience No reflection on purpose or strategy Deep learning Surface Learning

What is deep learning? Shallow learning: acquisition of information Deep learning: Creation of knowledge through the development of understanding . Profound learning: Knowledge is converted into wisdom and where understanding becomes intuition. National Council for Leadership

Shallow learning: acquisition of information

Deep learning: Creation of knowledge through the development of understanding .

Profound learning: Knowledge is converted into wisdom and where understanding becomes intuition.

We zeroed in

FOCUS How can we focus our time and energy to deepen student learning? COLLABORATE How can we share our strengths to deepen student learning and stay sane? INQUIRE How can we develop a culture of inquiry to deepen students’ understanding? We established essential questions:

FOCUS

How can we focus our time and energy to deepen student learning?

COLLABORATE

How can we share our strengths to deepen student learning and stay sane?

INQUIRE

How can we develop a culture of inquiry to deepen students’ understanding?

“ Focusing on the how and why of teaching will deepen student learning .” What is this likely to mean ? Teachers will focus on the “ the why ” of their practice. Teachers will focus on “ the how ” through powerful practices. Curricular Focus Core teachers : SCIENCE and READING only Specialists : TBD Resource personnel will focus support on the above areas

“ Focusing on the how and why of teaching will deepen student learning .”

What is this likely to mean ?

Teachers will focus on the “ the why ” of their practice.

Teachers will focus on “ the how ” through powerful practices.

Curricular Focus

Core teachers : SCIENCE and READING only

Specialists : TBD

Resource personnel will focus support on the above areas

“ Focusing on the how and why of teaching will deepen student learning .” How will this be supported ? Provide the what: Easily accessible data sources Reading units of study FOSS kits Huge budget for books Guide the how: Teresa & Kelly Professional Development

“ Focusing on the how and why of teaching will deepen student learning .”

How will this be supported ?

Provide the what:

Easily accessible data sources

Reading units of study

FOSS kits

Huge budget for books

Guide the how:

Teresa & Kelly

Professional Development

FOCUS responses Thank God! Finally! Seems straight forward Great start Positive about focus being on “how and why” rather than on “what” Happy to focus on 2 areas Working towards something that is more manageable. The clarity of the recent focus is refreshing because 1. We are all working together for the same end, 2. It is small enough to be obtainable. Sounds good just a few minor questions Relief + glad for a common goal Anxious about math--it is so important and no longer on the burner I like “Keep it simple” We’re in deep trouble--no idea where we’re going or how to get there. Too many questions, not enough answers

Thank God!

Finally!

Seems straight forward

Great start

Positive about focus being on “how and why” rather than on “what”

Happy to focus on 2 areas

Working towards something that is more manageable.

The clarity of the recent focus is refreshing because 1. We are all working together for the same end, 2. It is small enough to be obtainable.

Sounds good just a few minor questions

Relief + glad for a common goal

Anxious about math--it is so important and no longer on the burner

I like “Keep it simple”

We’re in deep trouble--no idea where we’re going or how to get there.

Too many questions, not enough answers

FOCUS Questions Why reading? Why science? What about the rest of the curriculum? How will we know when we’ve focused enough? Is this part of the organizational and professional goal ?

Why reading?

Why science?

What about the rest of the curriculum?

How will we know when we’ve focused enough?

Is this part of the organizational and professional goal ?

Let’s Get Concrete Specialists Begin Process of selecting Organizational Goal Focus (Go to cafeteria with Struan) Grade Teachers How can Teresa and Kelly best support reading and science learning?

Specialists

Begin Process of selecting Organizational Goal Focus (Go to cafeteria with Struan)

Grade Teachers

How can Teresa and Kelly best support reading and science learning?

Example *We would focus our time and energy on one grade level per day. (6 levels= 6 day cycle) PM: Collaborate with a class or two in Science Collaborative planning Other work (I.e. Curriculum or IS) AM: Collaborate with a class or two in Reading Workshop B Day (Grade 1)

 

“ Collaboration through distributed leadership will deepen student learning .” What is this likely to mean? Everyone reflects on own strengths and contributes Everyone reflects on challenges & learns from colleagues Everyone takes responsibility for the learning of OUR students

“ Collaboration through distributed leadership will deepen student learning .”

What is this likely to mean?

Everyone reflects on own strengths and contributes

Everyone reflects on challenges & learns from colleagues

Everyone takes responsibility for the learning of OUR students

“ Collaboration through distributed leadership will deepen student learning .” How will this be supported ? Tap into strengths, passions, interests Instructional Assistants Teresa, Kelly to collaborate in science and reading Tap into community Team inclusion of resource personnel

“ Collaboration through distributed leadership will deepen student learning .”

How will this be supported ?

Tap into strengths, passions, interests

Instructional Assistants

Teresa, Kelly to collaborate in science and reading

Tap into community

Team inclusion of resource personnel

Common vision/focus makes it easier Dividing up the work is working in Gr 5 The school is already good at this. No common planning time for specialists--cannot collaborate. Hard to collaborate outside the team--cross grade/specials, etc. Time to collaborate at different times during the year with grades above/below PreK - 2 articulation, started 3-5 - positive!! Specialists would like to be a bigger part of classroom collaboration True collaboration provides a much stronger safety net, builds enthusiasm is often inspiring, and ultimately encourages best teaching practices--improvement of learning Best for everyone because load is spread out Open minds to work across teams & w/specialists. Using community resources can be very time consuming Makes us feel good for collaboration to be a primary focus. Some find it difficult for teachers to entrust classroom activities to other team experts. Collaborate Responses

Common vision/focus makes it easier

Dividing up the work is working in Gr 5

The school is already good at this.

No common planning time for specialists--cannot collaborate.

Hard to collaborate outside the team--cross grade/specials, etc.

Time to collaborate at different times during the year with grades above/below

PreK - 2 articulation, started 3-5 - positive!!

Specialists would like to be a bigger part of classroom collaboration

True collaboration provides a much stronger safety net, builds enthusiasm is often inspiring, and ultimately encourages best teaching practices--improvement of learning

Best for everyone because load is spread out

Open minds to work across teams & w/specialists.

Using community resources can be very time consuming

Makes us feel good for collaboration to be a primary focus.

Some find it difficult for teachers to entrust classroom activities to other team experts.

Collaborate Questions Don’t teams still need a team leader? Vertical? Big picture? Specialists integrated? How to tap into different strengths? Time? What is it? What is it? Distributive Leadership Collaboration

Let’s Get Concrete Example Depth Monitor Team learning Vertical Discussions Data Analysis Student Work Learning Reading Budget Name New Reading Science Science CIA Social Director Point Person Field Trips Agenda, notes N & B Name Name Name Name

 

What is this likely to mean? Think deeply and critically about student learning Ask questions about student learning Filter decisions through data and philosophy Take risks! “ Learning focused teams maintain a culture of inquiry to maximize student learning.”

What is this likely to mean?

Think deeply and critically about student learning

Ask questions about student learning

Filter decisions through data and philosophy

Take risks!

How will this be supported ? Annelies and Struan to work with teams Easily accessible data source Fieldwork support Five minute learning goal form “ Learning focused teams maintain a culture of inquiry to maximize student learning.”

How will this be supported ?

Annelies and Struan to work with teams

Easily accessible data source

Fieldwork support

Five minute learning goal form

Inquire Responses Help coaching and monitoring, protocols and norms. Currently there are lots of nuts and bolts to remove in a team meeting before we can get to focused student learning. Balancing the sharing information with the talk about deep student learning Celebrate 5 minute goal forms--not busy work and paper, forms Struan being part of specialists team meetings would make it feel valued. Like to take risks,--can only do that if we can create a culture where it is okay to fail. We are trying to focus on doing less. . . But the inquiry piece looks like more paper work. Teams work best under the umbrella of trust, respect and focused collaboration . . .

Help coaching and monitoring, protocols and norms.

Currently there are lots of nuts and bolts to remove in a team meeting before we can get to focused student learning.

Balancing the sharing information with the talk about deep student learning

Celebrate 5 minute goal forms--not busy work and paper, forms

Struan being part of specialists team meetings would make it feel valued.

Like to take risks,--can only do that if we can create a culture where it is okay to fail.

We are trying to focus on doing less. . . But the inquiry piece looks like more paper work.

Teams work best under the umbrella of trust, respect and focused collaboration . . .

Inquire Questions Is this both teacher and student inquiry? How realistic is A & S being at all team meetings? How can we develop as inquirers? Who will lead the learning focused meeting? How do we effectively and efficiently deal with data so that it can inform us? What is a culture of inquiry?

Is this both teacher and student inquiry?

How realistic is A & S being at all team meetings?

How can we develop as inquirers?

Who will lead the learning focused meeting?

How do we effectively and efficiently deal with data so that it can inform us?

What is a culture of inquiry?

What is a culture of inquiry? A culture of inquiry is a means to gain openness in asking questions, giving careful consideration to the answers, and considering change and a willingness to learn something new and unexpected. Sharon Bender Quasitative Inquiry/Research/Approach: Leading a new Culture of Inquiry

A culture of inquiry is a means to gain openness in asking questions, giving careful consideration to the answers, and considering change and a willingness to learn something new and unexpected.

Let’s Get Concrete FOCUS ACT REFLECT TEAM-BASED SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT MODEL (COLLABORATIVE ACTION RESEARCH ) Organizational Goal

 

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