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Published on January 6, 2009

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Student Focused (Personalized) Schools : Student Focused (Personalized) Schools An Overview Gary Ratigan September 11, 2006 . : . “Every School in Iowa Should Graduate Each Student Post-Secondary Ready”. Why Personalize? : Why Personalize? It’s really quite simple… To raise student achievement! Guiding Questions : Guiding Questions What vehicles exist in your school for providing students with deep and supportive relationships? In what ways do teachers provide a sense of belonging for each student? What are the elements of the school’s Pyramid of Interventions for struggling learners? . : . “In the years to come, your students may forget what you taught them. But they will always remember how you made them feel.” Drop Outs : Drop Outs Lack of Relevance 81 % Lack of Relationships 75 % Lack of Parental Involvement 71 % Source: Peter D. Hart Research Associates Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Key Points : Key Points Crisis of disengagement Power of engagement Importance of whole-school Critical factor - relationships Signs of Disengagement : Signs of Disengagement Poor or declining grades Lack of interest in learning Frequent absences, tardiness Little school involvement Anger, depression, hostility, blames others, disruptive, violent Tenuous/no plans after high school Statements show intent to drop out Signs of Student Engagement : Signs of Student Engagement Motivated to learn Committed to learning Feeling of belonging Sense of accomplishment Relationships support learning Slide 10: Engagement-basedLearning and Teaching Style of teaching and relating that fosters the development of student engagement Five Keys toImproving Student Engagement : Five Keys toImproving Student Engagement Create motivation Instill positive beliefs Strengthen positive feelings Facilitate caring relationships Develop skills for success Supportive Behaviors : Supportive Behaviors Showing Respect Taking Interest Active Listening Frequent Contact Encouragement Avoiding “Put Downs Displaying Student Work Writing Encouraging Notes Identifying Unique Talents Supportive Behaviors cont’d. : Supportive Behaviors cont’d. Celebrating Accomplishments Serving As Role Model Using One-to-One Communication Encouraging Students to Express Opinions/Ideas Creating Inviting Classroom Climate Exhibiting Enthusiasm Using Positive Humor Students Praising Peers What is a student-focused learning? : What is a student-focused learning? A student-focused school promotes and sustains a culture that values the diversity of students and their educational experiences. It creates a system of beliefs, policies and structures that support the development of relationships to advance learning. Draft, Iowa Focus on High School Design Team, 2006 Key Indicator One of a Student-Focused System : Key Indicator One of a Student-Focused System Each student has a deep and supportive relationship with adults over a sustained period of time in an optimized learning community. What vehicles exist in the school for providing students with deep and supportive relationships? How are these sustained over time? Key Indicator Two of a Student-Focused System : Key Indicator Two of a Student-Focused System A school environment that includes: Families as partners Personal adult advocate Small learning communities Flexible schedules Youth services and community working as partners In what ways does the school provide a personalized learning program and environment for each student? How does each student access an individual learning plan? Key Indicator Three of a Student-Focused System : Key Indicator Three of a Student-Focused System Each student has ownership and responsibility in environments that are safe, caring inclusive and diverse. In what ways are students encouraged to take ownership of, and responsibility for, their learning? In what ways does the school have a safe, caring, inclusive and diverse learning environment? Key Indicator Four of a Student-Focused System : Key Indicator Four of a Student-Focused System Each educator creates a sense of belonging for all students. In What ways do teachers provide a sense of belonging for each student? In what ways are teachers provided a sense of belonging to the school? What venues are provided to hear the “student voice”? Key Indicator Five of a Student-Focused System : Key Indicator Five of a Student-Focused System Educators provide structured systems of support, such as accelerated programs and safety nets for each learner. What are the elements of the school’s pyramid of Interventions for struggling learners? How does each learner have access to extra help? So...Why personalize learning? : So...Why personalize learning? “Too many kids don’t see a connection between their efforts and school success, don’t know what it is they need to practice, can’t imagine themselves ever being academic and have never seen academics played.” D. Meier The Power of Their Ideas (1995) So… what does a student-focused high school look like? : So… what does a student-focused high school look like? Advisory program Personal Learning Plans Multiple support systems (Pyramid of Interventions) Relationship building culture Smaller Learning Communities Transitions: “In” and “Out” Character Education Student-focused school (Continued) : Student-focused school (Continued) Mechanisms for student voice Mentoring programs School is committed to teaching each student Post-secondary programming in place Families are a overtly involved Community service … And… Slide 24: Advisory What are advisory groups? : What are advisory groups? Advisories are structures in which an adult and a small group of students meet regularly for academic guidance, to coordinate between home and school, and to find ways for students to be successful and to connect to a peer group. The National Middle School Association What is the purpose of an advisory program? : What is the purpose of an advisory program? To improve student achievement! Why initiate an advisory? : Why initiate an advisory? Research says if we create safe supportive, respectful learning environments, personalize young peoples’ learning experiences, help them develop social and emotional competencies and provide opportunities to practice using these competencies, they grow more attached to school, avoid risky behavior, and achieve more academic success. Effective advisory programs meet all of these goals. The Advisory Guide What is the “one best” advisory model? : What is the “one best” advisory model? No one has created exactly the right program or the perfect prepackaged activity book for your school. The advisory program that will serve your school will be of your own making. Goals and Outcomes : Goals and Outcomes Start with your school’s mission… What goals could advisory serve to better achieve the mission? An Advisory Mission Statement : An Advisory Mission Statement The mission of the high school Advisement program is to provide every student a Personal Adult Advocate to help him or her personalize the educational experience. Each advisor will have in-depth knowledge of each advisee. Advisory Program Goals : Advisory Program Goals Demonstrate to students that the school has a personal concern for them as individuals. Provide opportunity for teacher to get to know students they would not normally have in class and to become familiar with a larger portion of the student body. Provide students with an opportunity to develop more and closer friendships with peers. Advisory Program Goals (Continued) : Advisory Program Goals (Continued) Give all students an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to them with peers and an adult in school. Create a “sense of family or belonging”. Establish a place where both advisors and advisees can just sit and talk, relax, and not feel pressured. Expand teachers’ understanding of the total school program. Advisory Program Goals (Continued) : Advisory Program Goals (Continued) Create an environment where relationships within the school focus on cooperation and working together rather than on position and authority. Provide a means for students to frequently assess themselves. Give students the opportunity to express concerns about the school. Advisory Program Goals (Continued) : Advisory Program Goals (Continued) Create a format to allow and encourage regular and positive parent involvement in the students’ educational assessment and decision-making Produce self-sufficient, responsible learners. Allow for the establishment of a formal curriculum to address “Essential Learnings” outside of the established disciplines. Purpose of Advisory Programs : Purpose of Advisory Programs Schools try to develop programs around goals such as: 1. Understanding the school environment 2. Understanding self and others 3. Understanding attitudes and behaviors 4. Decision-making and problem-solving 5. Interpersonal and communication skills 6. School success skills 7. Career awareness and educational planning 8. Community pride and involvement Personalization Program Components : Personalization Program Components 1. Academic Program 2. Assessment 3. Goal Setting and Goal Review 4. Job Seeking and Job Holding Skill Development 5. Career Planning Portfolio 6. Personal and Social Skills and Issues 7. Student Voice What does the data tell you? : What does the data tell you? What are the indictors that tell you an “advisory program” would benefit student achievement in your school. Possible data fields : Possible data fields High school completers Student engagement Dropout rate Attendance Discipline statistics Failure rates Course registration Surveys: student, staff, parent Major Pieces of the Advisor/Advisee puzzle : Major Pieces of the Advisor/Advisee puzzle Goals and outcomes Grouping - size, mix, continuity Schedule - length and frequency Content, themes, formats, routines Advisors’ role and expectations Advisors’ skills, planning, PD Accountability - students, advisors, program Major Pieces of the puzzle (Continued) : Major Pieces of the puzzle (Continued) Supervision Materials and resources Linking advisory to other programs, policies, structures, and the curriculum as a whole Things to think about… : Things to think about… Person power Coordination Staff time Teacher buy-in Supervision More Things to think about… : More Things to think about… Time for… Planning Curriculum writing Staff development Advising skills Knowledge of school program Advisor/advisee group meetings Advisor/advisee 1 on 1 meetings Student/Parent/Advisor meetings Pitfalls : Pitfalls Lack of Specific Goals Failure to Address Literacy Unchanged Curriculum Too Much Emphasis on Belonging Ignoring Staff Concerns Uninformed Student Assignment Bad Timing Focusing only on Teachers Potential barriers : Potential barriers Insufficient planning time before beginning Inadequate preparation of advisors Incomplete development of topics/activities Too frequent or too infrequent of meetings Lack of administrative support Lack of staff support Lack of student buy-in 9th Grade Practices : 9th Grade Practices Transition Procedures Social Activities Early Interventions Avoiding Front Loading Differentiation Parent Relationships Adult Advisory Peer Relationships 12th Grade Practices : 12th Grade Practices Early College Full Scheduling Advanced Placement Dual Enrollment College Application Support Senior Projects Community Service Internships Breaking Ranks R and R recommendations linked to Personalized Learning : Breaking Ranks R and R recommendations linked to Personalized Learning Each high school will identify a set of essential learnings in which students must demonstrate achievement in order to graduate. The high school will integrate its curriculum to the extent possible and emphasize depth over breadth of coverage : Teachers will design work for students that is of high enough quality to engage them, cause them to persist, and when successfully completed, result in their satisfaction and their acquisition of learning skills and abilities valued by society. Breaking Ranks R and R recommendations linked to Personalized Learning Breaking Ranks R and R recommendations linked to Personalized Learning : Teachers will know and be able to use a variety of strategies and settings that identify and accommodate individual learning styles and engage students. Teachers will teach in ways that help students develop into competent problem solvers and critical thinkers. Breaking Ranks R and R recommendations linked to Personalized Learning Breaking Ranks R and R recommendations linked to Personalized Learning : Teachers will integrate assessment into instruction so that assessment does not merely measure students but becomes part of the learning process. Breaking Ranks R and R recommendations linked to Personalized Learning

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