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TRSU Best Practices

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TRSU Best Practices
Vision Statement
The Two Rivers Supervisory Union is committed to teaching and encouraging students and adults to collaborate, develop focus, think critically and apply knowledge in a personalized fashion that prepares them to be effective citizens in a diverse democracy and global community.


Collaborate
For staff, being part of a professional learning community reduces teacher isolation. Moreover it increases commitment to the mission and goals of the school. Perhaps most importantly it creates shared responsibility for the total development of students. For students, it means they will experience more informed teaching.
We devote our
Minds to clearer thinking
Hearts to helping others
Hands to greater service
and leading healthy and balanced lives
LES: Community
* Municipal team
*Communication and appreciation for all
*Being in relationship
Frank Heald, Town Manager
GMUHS: Middle School
* Student Centered

* Student Collaboration

*Teacher Collaboration
8th Grade Iron Chef
BRHS: Engagement
*Participate/Help/Contribute
*Empower students through student teacher collaboration
*LPCTV/ QUEST Community Partners
ASP: Linkages to School
ASP: Linkages to the Day
*Shared School Day Staff
*Curriculum designed to enhance classroom learning
*Community Resources
*Advisory Board
*Parent Input
*Emphasis on summer learning
Mindfulness
“Downtime is to the brain what sleep is to the body.”
In the midst of our multimedia blitzkrieg, the importance of mindfulness and focused attention is rising
CTES: Brain Breaks
"Brain Breaks are quick and effective ways of changing or focusing the physical and mental state of the learners in your group.
*Yoga
*Fitness Activities
*Meditation
Apply Knowledge
MHS: Sustainability
We generate energy through a combination of wind ,solar and biomass power.

*Biomass wood pellet furnace (being researched)
*Data analysis of alternative energy projects
* The MHS Farm to School initiative includes school gardens, healthy snacks and meals, culinary arts classes and a recently completed renovation of our school café.
CAES: Unified Arts
* 2 Art classes per week
*Weekly music classes vocal and instrumental
*Library/Media Specialist
ASP: Enrichment
* Teaching vocabulary that will be used in future lessons.
*Connecting text book learning to real life settings.
*Using afterschool time to test classroom learning and theories.
*Project based learning phillosophy
Water testing post Irene
Personalized Learning
Personalized learning isn't new, but is challenging to implement well. The goal is for teachers to create independent learners who can set their own goals, monitor their progress and reflect on their learning. A personalized learning program puts students in a responsible position by allowing them to choose from thoughtfully laid out alternative paths when taking on concepts and skills..
GMUHS: LLC
*Online Classes
*Complex Text
*Perseverance
*Personal Learning Plans
BRHS: LLC
* FLEX
*EST for all students
*Library Learning Commons
*The HUB
CTES: Academic Blocks
*Helps focus the student in math at their level
*Helps to reduce math anxiety
*Helps the children develop solid skills in the math continuum
*Helps eliminate fear of math for kids who are not math oriented.

MHS: Creativity & Rigor
Instead of narrowing our program to “teach to the test,” MHS has chosen to broaden our offerings in order to educate the whole child. In addition to the core academic disciplines and electives found in most elementary schools, we provide additional opportunities like French beginning in Kindergarten, six week theater intensives that result in community performances and weekly Yoga classes.

*Early intervention is critical
Math Blocks
LES: Whole Child
*Recognize individuality and strengths in students and staff

*Child/human development best practices

*"model relationships"
Citizenship
We are promoting a school-wide cultures of Rights, Respect, and Responsibility for ourselves, each other, our school community, our local community, and the world we live in.

We are empowering our students through education and action to be active citizens in the school, local, and global communities.

CAES: Create rich learning environments
*Farm to School

*Grateful Garden
ASP: Social Growth
Grateful Garden
*Mentoring

*K-6 Group Structure

*Snack/Family

*Kids have a voice

*Community service projects
MHS: Engagement
Classes meet daily for morning meeting and students from every grade take turns leading our weekly all-school meeting. We also have a student council with representatives from grades K through 6 that meet on a weekly basis. Our goal is to have student representatives regularly participate in monthly PTA and School Board meetings.
Community Service
BRHS: Tolerance
A World of Difference

*Peer Leaders
*Diversity
*Anti bulling
*Cultural Differences
Community
Community based education immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences, using these as a foundation for our curriculum. It emphasizes learning through participation in service projects for the local school and/or community.
CAES: KEEC
*Hands on experiential learning
*Community building and striving to empower student to have a better understanding of how their decisions can affect the environment.
*Drawing on history, science, math, language arts, geology and PE
*42 year old community tradition
GMUHS: Student Enrichment
* Lucky Friday
*YATST
*Assemblies
*Clubs
*Student Government
*Spirit Week
*VEEP
CTES: School Opening
Spirit Week
*Welcome to the school day
*Focus students after recess
* Announcements from administrators, teachers, and students
*Time to assess disposition of students
*Connects as a school and community
*Recognizes and Celebrates individual and team success
A Constellation of TRSU
Best Practices
2015
Students who are given the opportunity to apply what they are learning greatly improve their chances of retaining the most critically important knowledge, concepts, and skills they will need throughout their lives. Proficiency-based learning can help to eliminate persistent learning gaps, achievement gaps and opportunity gaps.
TRSU: Think 3d
*District Wide Curriculum
*Spatial Reasoning Skills
*Hands on Learning
*Teacher Training
*ASP Summer Pilot
LES: Resourcefulness of Staff
*Stability of leadership
*Grant seekers and writers
*Risk Takers
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