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2012-13 A New Year
Transcript of 2012-13 A New Year
State Testing Results
Where Are We?
Where are We Going?
Where Are We?
ACTIVE Instructional Model
Effective Grading Practices
Assessment for Learning
Philosophies Around Grading
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."
72% in the Green
Growth in All Areas
99% Students Tested
Identified Areas for Growth
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
Based on District Initiatives
Grounded in Teaching and Learning
Designed to Refine Practice
Narrow Our Focus to Three Goals
Increases In Student Achievement
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
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
2012 Gold Medal
2008 and 2012 Heartbreak