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2012-13 A New Year

August Staff Development

Bruce Schmidt

on 1 September 2015

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Transcript of 2012-13 A New Year

Gordon Russell Middle School
State Testing Results
Where Are We?
Where are We Going?
Where Are We?
Instructional Practices
ACTIVE Instructional Model

Effective Grading Practices
Assessment for Learning
Philosophies Around Grading
Consistent Practice

Family and Community Partnerships
Building effective communication tools
Providing Support Through Family Nights
Sharing What We Teach, How We Teach, and How We Assess Student Work
School Improvement Plan
94% of our students attend each day
State target is 92%
All groups averaged no less than 93%
86% in the Green
Gordon Russell Middle School
Establish a Continued Focus
"If you build it, they will come."
11% Yellow
3% Red
Major Referrals
Minor Referrals
13% Red
18% Yellow
72% in the Green
Student Engagement
Thunderbird Success
Bright Spots
Growth in All Areas
99% Students Tested
Successful Interventions
Identified Areas for Growth
Increase Attendance
Increase Family and Student Engagement
Establish a Representative School Community
Building Family and Community Partnerships
Areas for Growth and Focus
Consistent Implementation of the Common Core
Continued Implementation of Readers Workshop
Consistent use of K-12 Writing Model
Implementation of RtI Interventions with Fidelity
Developing Assessment Practices For Learning
Aligned and Consistent Grading Practices
Explicit Instruction Around a Successful Thunderbird
School Improvement
Based on District Initiatives
Grounded in Teaching and Learning
Designed to Refine Practice
Narrow Our Focus to Three Goals
Increases In Student Achievement
Family and
Think About This.......
"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."

-- Muhammad Ali
Impossible is Nothing
State Testing
Effective Programs
Student Behavior
Last year there was a cut of 3.33 FTE
There were larger class sizes for everyone
New classes for many teachers
A contract negotiation that resulted in a strike
A new principal................
Bottom Line--Substantial Change
Each bullet item can be seen as a barrier
We can choose to give in to things that are out of our control. OR........
We Can Put Things in Perspective
Gabrielle Douglas
Lolo Jones
2012 Gold Medal
2008 and 2012 Heartbreak
Every Student
Every Classroom
Every Day
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