ANLC’s Plan to an “A” Principal Grisier Sept 30, 2013 October 4, 2013
ANLC Core Beliefs • We strive to develop self-directed, self-motivated and self-disciplines learners. • We believe in authentic, meaningful, hands-on learning and assessment. • We focus on the social, emotional and academic development of each child. • We believe in fostering creative, joyful, lifelong learners. • We believe in holding students accountable for learning and for behavior. • We value the process of learning as well as the product. • We believe in differentiating instruction to meet the academic needs of our students. • We believe in student-centered learning.
Objectives • To understand how letter grades are determined for Arizona schools. • To know what characteristics of a school do not count towards letter grade determination. • To learn ANLC’s letter grade determination. • To understand ANLC’s school-wide plan to an A and the strategies that will be implemented.
Arizona: Letter Grade Determination • Primarily based on AIMS data • Schools earn points based on: • Median Student Growth • Overall percent passing (Meets and Exceeds) in math and reading combined • FFB points in 3rd grade reading and 8th grade math • ELL reclassification on AZELLA (need 23%)
Letter Grade Determination: What is not figured in to the points • Social/Emotional development of the student at school • Bullied at other schools • School anxiety • ANLC is a “safe” school • Community/Parent involvement • Exploration Friday • PTO/Paiute Bilingual meetings • Building inadequacies • Moving to new building with new procedures and expectations • No playground until Fall Break
Strategies to Reach Goal: Increase Median Student Growth Percentile • Monitor each individual student academic achievement • Principal/Student individual Data Dialogues • Focused researched-based enrichment learning activities • Weekly Data Dialog meetings • Increase Parent Education and Communication • Professional development • Gifted Cluster teachers continue endorsement • Dr. Dodds to come to ANLC 5 times this year to work with teachers to help with differentiation
Strategies to Reach Goal: Percent Passing • Reading • Book Whisperer • Monitor and adjust student learning • Targeted Intervention block/instruction • Specific goals per grade level (AMOs determined by state of Arizona) • Springboard curriculum for middle school • Professional Development • Leveled text library and new materials
Strategies to Reach Goal: Percent Passing (cont.) • Math • Monitor math fluency to provide intervention • Instructional Rounds - Math Curriculum Specialists • Mountain Math supplemental material • Professional Development • Cognitively Guided Instruction • Arizona Math Partnerships (AMP) for MS math teachers
Strategies to Reach Goal: ELL Points • Practice strategies specifically used on the AZELLA test i.e. using the phone to talk with students • Teachers to encourage ALL students to speak in complete sentences • ACTION Tutoring
Strategies to Reach Goal: FFB Points • 3rd grade reading • I/E block • Specific “at-risk” students monitored • Leveled books • After school tutoring • 8th grade math • Professional development – AMP • Hire instructional resource assistant for 8th grade math class • Tutoring offered before school and during lunch • Multiple retakes offered until understanding
Strategies to Reach Goal: Main Points • Focused professional development to improve instruction • Systemic student achievement monitoring system • Intervention/Enrichment to provide differentiation for struggling, on target, and gifted students • Increase Academic Conversation at ANLC • Increase Parent involvement, education and communication • Continue to make ANLC a safe place to learn • Address students’ social and emotional needs
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