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Professional Learning Communities: Staying the Course

Professional Learning Communities: Staying the Course

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  1. Professional Learning Communities: Staying the Course Whittier Union High School District Sandy Thorstenson, Superintendent Dan Esquerra, Curriculum & Assessment Coach WHS Math Teacher

  2. A Snapshot of the 13,800 Students We Serve 81% Hispanic 13% White 6% Other 13% English Learners 18% R-FEP 67% Soc Econ Dis

  3. Students Receiving Free or Reduced Meals

  4. The Challenge of Measurable Targets • Academic Performance Index (API) • Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) • CAHSEE: Pass and Proficient • 4-Year Graduation Rate • Grade Level Credits Towards Graduation: On-Target Rate • College eligibility: a-g Course Completion • Advanced Placement: Exams & Enrollment • Student Attendance Rate

  5. Comprehensive Strategy to Increase Performance on Measurable Targets Professional Learning Communities We are committed to doing WHATEVER IT TAKES

  6. Key Questions Addressed by PLCs • What do we want students to know? • How do we know when they learn it? • How do we respond when they do not learn it?

  7. #1 What do we want students to know? • CA State Content Standards • WUHSD Essential Standards • Course Notebooks • Pacing Guides

  8. #2 How do we know when they learn it? • Formative & Summative Assessments • Districtwide Quarterly Common Assessments • Site-based Interim Assessments • Protocol for Collaborative Analysis of Results • Annual CSTs • Support • Department Chairs & Course Leads • EADMS Technology & On-Site Support

  9. #3 How do we respond when they do not learn it? Building a Systems Response rather than Isolated Efforts Pyramid of Interventions

  10. Pyramid of Intervention • Initial Focus on Freshman • Guidance Issues • Utilization of Time • Prevention along with Intervention

  11. Initial Focus on Freshman • Bridge Program • Parent Partnership • Freshman 1st Day • Link Crew • Increased Parallel Academic Support Classes in Reading and Math

  12. Utilization of Time • Alternative Schedules • Collaboration Time • Required, not invited, Support • Maximizing Bell-to-Bell Instruction

  13. Guidance Issues • Campus Watch • Intervention Specialist • Intervention Clerk • AB1802 Counselor Funding • Partnerships with Outside Agencies for Intensive Counseling Services

  14. Prevention • Revision of Grading Policies • Retesting: Ensuring students learn content • Elimination of 0% in Grading Averages • Increased Feedback • Increased Grading Periods to every 4.5 weeks • Teleparent  Parents as Partners

  15. Pyramid of Interventions RESULTS

  16. District API Growth

  17. Narrowing the Achievement Gap: Gaining on the Goal of 800

  18. District AYP: Met 25 of 26 Targets

  19. One Target not met: ELA Proficiency Rate for Students with Disabilities

  20. 10th Grade ELA CAHSEE Pass Rate

  21. 10th Grade Math CAHSEE Pass Rate

  22. California High School Exit Exam(CAHSEE) Senior Pass Rates

  23. AP Tests Taken

  24. WUHSD On-Target Rates HIGHEST ON-TARGET RATES IN WUHSD HISTORY FOR ALL 3 GRADES

  25. College Eligibility and Enrollment Students Attending 4-Year College a-g Course Completion +112 Students

  26. Focus on the School Level: Whittier HS

  27. Whittier HS API Growth

  28. 20 min 20 min 20 min Tutoring Tutoring Tutoring Alternative Block Schedule:Not Allowing Students to Choose Failure 100minutes 100minutes 100minutes Period 1 or 2 Period 3 or 4 Period 5 or 6 BREAK LUNCH HOME

  29. Process Steps1 • Listened • Rick Du Four’s Presentations for Teacher Leaders and Administrators • Read & Discussed • Professional Learning Communities at Work: Best Practices for Improving Student Achievement • Whatever it Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond when Kids don’t Learn • Visited • Three Visits to Stevenson HS in Illinois

  30. Process Steps2 • Learned • Gayle Karhanek Consulting • Districtwide Workshops • Consulting Days at each School Site • Applied • Pyramid of Interventions • 3 Meetings per Year • Peer Accountability in Reporting Progress

  31. Next Steps • Continued Refinement of Common Grading Policies • Relentless Focus on Student Success • Ensuring Systematic Application of Prevention & Intervention Strategies Districtwide

  32. www.wuhsd.k12.ca.us (562) 698-8121 ext. 1020 Sandy Thorstenson superintendent@wuhsd.k12.ca.us Dan Esquerra dan.esquerra@wuhsd.k12.ca.us

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