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Three Critical Commitments. Topics Documents-Student Feedback Alignment of curriculum , defining learning goals, essential vocabulary, measurement topics, pacing guide 2. Ensure Effective Teaching

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Three Critical Commitments

Topics Documents-Student Feedback

Alignment of curriculum, defining learning goals, essential vocabulary, measurement topics, pacing guide

2. Ensure Effective Teaching

Formative assessments, improvement of student achievement, selected learning goals, instructional strategies

3. Build Academic Background Knowledge

Focus on vocabulary derived from the topics documents, 6 step process

ONE-Topics DocumentsMeasurement Topics

  • A district wide approach of identifying specific instructional targets of “learning goals”

  • Alignment of curriculum


  • This was begun with the 4 core subjects

  • Work is continuing with electives

  • This is an on-going process, documents may/will change

  • From this process 30 key terms were identified for each subject at each grade level

  • Provide feedback at all levels: class, school, district

TWO-Academic Background Knowledge

  • Vocabulary is a beginning step followed by simple concepts (basic objectives & learning goals), and then complex (application, extension of topic)

  • The purpose is to enhance student academic background knowledge through direct instruction in specific academic terms

  • A recommended that 30 terms are identified for each grade level, for each subject area

  • Common approach to instruction, Six-Step Process district wide

THREE-Ensure Effective Teaching

  • Formative assessments-Long Term Goals

  • NOW- Use of proven instructional strategies

  • Teachers compare effectiveness of strategies and student progress for specific learning goals

  • Student learning is progressing, data of success (pre/post test)-Assessments

  • No variation in teacher expectations about student learning

  • Student engagement and rigor

Our Focus

  • Academic Background Knowledge= VOCABULARY and the SIX-STEP PROCESS

    • Identification of 30 terms specific for your class/subject

    • Continued work on measurement topics

    • Classroom word walls

    • Direct vocabulary Instruction-6-Steps

      • Description

      • Explanation in students words

      • Picture, symbol

      • Activities

      • Discuss with other students

      • Games that allows use of terms

        Follow Marzano’s High Yield Instructional Strategies


  • 3CC is our map

  • EPSS is our guide to the map, legend

  • HSTW provides strategies, vehicle to follow the map

  • TAV is evidence of what we are doing, effectiveness of following the map

  • PDP individual accountability, where are you on the map?

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