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West Stafford School Improvement Plan 2008-2009. Goal One To explore current brain research and implement relevant strategies to improve student outcomes. Goal Two To strengthen and deepen our culture of inquiry-based collaborative practice and accountability for student achievement.

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West stafford school improvement plan 2008 2009

West Stafford School Improvement Plan 2008-2009


Goal One

To explore current brain research and implement relevant strategies to improve student outcomes


Goal Two

To strengthen and deepen our culture of inquiry-based collaborative practice and accountability for student achievement


Faculty action steps
Faculty Action Steps

Learn more about brain research and implications for practice

Develop a personal goal based on our school goal

Work in study groups to explore classroom practices based on brain research

Reflect on and share results


Learning through study groups
Learning Through Study Groups

Participants construct knowledge through research, interaction with selected materials, and collegial discourse

Every voice counts in an atmosphere of companionship, engagement, and opportunity for growth

Participants make a commitment to create new knowledge and use this knowledge to positively affect perspectives and practice

Participants agree on and are committed to the purpose of the group


Getting started with a schedule
Getting Started with a Schedule

Dedicated time to work together:

Early Release Days 9/15, 3/20, 5/22

Common Curriculum Days (½ day) 10/10, 1/16, 2/17

Faculty Meetings (part of the hour) 1/6, 2/3, 3/4

Self-scheduled: study group determined (optimum – every two weeks)


Establishing group norms
Establishing Group Norms

Beginning and ending the meeting on time

Taking responsibility for one’s own learning practicing active participation

Respecting others’ opinions

Completing assignments

Being open to change

Practicing active listening


Creating an action plan
Creating an Action Plan

Study group purpose

Intended results for participants

Intended results for students

Schedule of meetings

Identify study group roles

Facilitator, note taker, reporter in sharing sessions, timekeeper, organizer of materials

Primary resources to use


Meeting summary
Meeting summary

Interesting findings

or issues discussed

Actions taken (if any)


Organizer for reading
Organizer for Reading

Information worth noting

Graphic Representation of Key Ideas

Summary of Key Ideas

Questions


Four principles of brain based learning
Four Principles of Brain-Based Learning

A safe nonthreatening environment

Stimulation and varied input

Active, meaningful learning

Accurate feedback

Source: “Moving Your School to Brain Compatibility,” by W. Jennings and J. Caulfield, Spring 1997, The networker [Newsletter of ASCD’s Brain-Based Education/Learning Styles Network].


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