CURRICULUM AND Professional learning communities
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT & DATA DRIVEN DECISION MAKING
Select this link to download the January 11, 2011 District Improvement Advisory Council Report provides information on how to use data to help improve instruction.
The educational journey of a school is an ever changing path. As we continually strive to make the best and most rewarding experience for all of our students, we seek out the best and most effective programs and strategies for our ever changing student body in an every changing world. This weblog is designged to outline a few of the reorganization strategies that are now a part of the middle school path to "The Breaking Ranks Framework."
"Designing Highly Engaging Lessons; The Collaborative Way" provides information on how to design co-creative collaborative leaning environments through well designed Web 2.0 interfaces. The Website provides information on how Web 2.0 open source software applications, like read and write web, can extended student learning opportunities. The Website demonstrates how to integrate Common Core Standards and various digital tools that support high engagement learning.
There is probably no segment of activity in the education world attracting as much attention at present as that of knowledge management in terms of learning analytics. Learning analytics as defined by elearnspaces is the use of intelligent data, learner-produced data, and analysis models to discover information and social connections, and to predict and advise on learning. EDUCAUSE’s Next Generation learning initiative defines the learning analytics as “the use of data and models to predict student progress and performance, and the ability to act on that information”.
Part of the responsibility of the PLC Team Leader is to ensure that the SMART Goals and action plans of the school is fully developed and implemented. The PLC Team Leader will help prepare the action plans of the school that are based on the four specific elements within the action planning guide. These four specific elements include indicators, measures, targets and instructional strategies. This year due to the transition into the Common Core Standards the PLC Team Leaders will need to focus on two major curriculum areas of reading and math.
The goal of every school must be to create and maintain a true culture for growth and instructional improvement. A culture of growth and instructional improvement has its foundations in a "culture for change." A definition for a culture of change permeates within an environment where individuals throughout the system contribute to a plan designed to improve student learning.
The implementation of common core standards should provide a comprehensive guide for instructional delivery through well articulated maps, with information ranging from how the curriculum will be thematically integrated, to the depth of knowledge required to complete a task, to how student results will be authentically assessed.
Each school develops and implements a School Improvement Plan (SIP). Once per year, each school’s School Improvement Steering Committee (SISC) will present their SIP (using structured Protocol) to the District Improvement Advisory Council (DIAC).The building principal, along with their DIAC team is expected to participate in ALL DIAC presentations; either as a reporting school (“Inside Circle”) or by providing feedback (“Outside Circle”) DIAC provides a process for in-district collaboration and support
for building School Improvement Plans. This is an opportunity for schools to learn from one another other and to use DIAC as a sounding board for their school improvement efforts. You can view the 2010 Dodge City Middle School DIAC Presentation Here.
To define learning analytics from an educational prospective is to collect and use learner produced information to monitor student progress and performance. To this definition education students must first create a product of their learning as it is measured against a performance task. Traditionally, these types of performance based assessments have been established through the development of rubrics as the rubric is matched to the requirements of learning. It has also been understood through traditional practices that learning is modified to meet individual learning needs when assessments show a lower than student performance.
The Zone of Proximal Development is the distance between what the learner understands within an assigned task (can do by themselves without assistance) and the next level of learning that they can complete independently through a higher conceptual level of understanding .
How will we apply standardized data that will offer students with appropriate academic support as we monitor student progress and determine the extent to which students have the social, emotional, psychological, and cognitive skills expected for high school during their middle school developmental years?
To address the needs within this guide, a contributing member’s council was formed as an outgrowth of the needed reorganization of the USD 443 school district. A work session for this council was held on March 4, 2011. Site Council members, administrators, educators from intermediate, and middle schools provided feedback from the guide that members reviewed to submit before the Board of Education to be considered as guidelines for school reorganization.