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  1. Leander High SchoolSmaller Learning Communities What are SLC? Why SLC? Click here for LHS structures LHS & SLC History Smaller Learning Communities

  2. No Child Left Behind Act Outlines the Purpose of Smaller Learning Communities • On January 8, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which outlined the important purpose of Smaller Learning Communities. The new law gives defined structure to the discretionary grant status of the Smaller Learning Communities grant competition and ensures that Smaller Learning Communities will continue to assist large public high schools • Grantees are authorized to use their funds to, among other things: (1) study the feasibility of creating smaller learning communities; (2) research, develop, and implement strategies for creating smaller learning communities; (3) provide professional development for school staff in the teaching methods that would be used in the smaller learning community; and (4) develop and implement strategies to include parents, business representatives, community-based organizations, and other community members in the activities of the smaller learning communities.

  3. Leander High School Smaller Learning Communities Purpose of grants • Provide funds to plan, implement or expand smaller learning communities in large high schools of 1,000 students or more (the goal is no more than 600 students in a learning community). • Strategies may include creating schools within schools, career academies, restructuring the school day, instituting personal adult advocates, developing teacher advisory systems and other innovations designed to create a more personalized high school experience for students and improve student achievement and performance. SLC intro

  4. Research supporting SLC • Approximately 70% of American high school students attend schools enrolling more than 1,000 or more students; nearly 50% of high school students attend schools enrolling more than 1,500 students. • Research suggests that: • Smaller learning environments are a condition for boosting student achievement (Williams, 1990) • School size has positive effects on student outcomes as evidenced by students' attendance rates, frequency of disciplinary actions, school loyalty, use of alcohol or drugs, satisfaction with school and self-esteem (Raywid (1995) and Klonsky (1995).

  5. Research supporting SLC • An effective size for secondary schools is in the range of 400-800 students (Williams, 1990). • Enrollment size has a stronger effect on learning in schools with large concentrations of poor and minority children (Cotton, 1996). • Research ultimately confirms what parents intuitively believe: that smaller schools are safer and more productive because students feel less alienated, more nurtured and more connected to caring adults, and teachers feel that they have more opportunity to get to know and support their students (Fowler & Walberg, 1991; Gregory, 1992; Stockard & Mayberry, 1992).

  6. Why SLC’s S maller S maller Why SLC at LHS? L earning L earning C ommunities C ommunities • Creating a common vision • Addressing student motivational issues • Reducing student failure rates • Meeting individual student needs • Improving student discipline • Fostering student connections at school • Aligning current practices

  7. History of Smaller Learning Communitiesat LHS • In the school year2004-05 LHS received a $50,000 planning grant to explore Smaller Learning Communities • In the Spring of 2005 LHS submitted a grant proposal for $879,459 to implement SLC • In August of 2005, LHS was awarded the grant and became part of Cohort 5 for SLC. • LHS was one of only 52 schools/districts that were awarded grants across the nation • In the school year of the 2005-06 LHS began implementing their 5 year plan to develop Smaller Learning Communities SLC intro

  8. SLC Introduction Leander High SchoolSmaller Learning Communities SLC Model SLC Focus SLC Structures / Strategies Smaller Learning Communities SLC Components

  9. Why SLC? Leander High School SLC Model Advisory 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade G 9th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team R Academic Team 9th Grade L I O A N D Academic Teams E L 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade E Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team V O L I N E L A 11th Grade D V I Academies S O R 12th Grade I Human Services, Health & AgriScience E Engineering & Industrial Technology Business & Computer Technology S Arts & Communication

  10. Why SLC’s SLC Components • Academic Teaming • Advisories • Academies

  11. LHS SLC Overview LHS SLC Focus on the 3 R’s Rigor Relationships Relevancy S maller S maller L earning L earning LHS SLC C ommunities C ommunities

  12. Structures Academic Teams Academies Advisories Click on structures above for their definitions Strategies Freshman Transition Activities Multi-year Groups Alternative Scheduling Adult Advocate Systems Personalization Why SLC’s Smaller Learning Communities SLC Structures/Strategies

  13. Smaller • Learning • Communities SLC Structures Academic Teaming - a group of core area teachers (English,Math Science and Social Studies) that share the same students working together to meet the needs of students. Teachers focus on building relationships, communication, intervention and interdisciplinary planning SLC Structure

  14. Smaller • Learning • Communities SLC Structures Academies - are sub-groups within schools, organized around particular themes to create a personalized, focused learning environment. Academies focus on ways to enhance real-world relevance and maintain high academic standards. They are aligned with our LISD’s Pathways and Passport system. SLC Structure

  15. Smaller • Learning • Communities SLC Structures Advisories - are grade level support classes that meet once per month to personalize the high school experience and support academic achievement, working with small groups of students. Advisory activities may include helping students develop personal learning plans, building relationships, introducing students to educational opportunities, and working with students on postsecondary plans. SLC Structure

  16. Smaller • Learning Communities Academic TeamingPurposeScopeLogisticsInterventionsPositive Recognitions Smaller Learning Communities

  17. Academic Teaming 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Purpose: • Build relationships • Create a support system for students • Identify and provide at-risk students with support and intervention strategies • Collaboration of High Academic Standards & assignments within academic teams • Increase communication between school and home • Ease the Transition from middle school to high school Academic Team

  18. Academic Teaming 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Scope: • 9th and 10th grade level • Team Members: Math, English, Science, and Social Studies and an inclusion teacher • Elective and foreign language teachers invited to attend team meetings/conferences with parents and students as needed Academic Team

  19. Academic Teaming 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Facilitation: • Team leader – coordinate team meetings • 9th Grade Common Team Planning Period • 10th Grade Common Team Planning Period Frequency: • 9th Grade Academic Team Meeting Schedule • 10th Grade Academic Team Meeting Schedule • Meet once a week as a TEAM • Bi monthly meeting with Assistant Principal and Counselor Academic Team

  20. Academic Teaming 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Common Team Planning Period Team 9 L Master Schedule Team 9 I Master Schedule Team 9 O Master Schedule Team 9 N Master Schedule Academic Team

  21. Academic Teaming 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Common Team Planning Period Team 10 L Master Schedule Team 10 I Master Schedule Team 10 O Master Schedule Team 10 N Master Schedule Academic Team

  22. Team 9L Master Schedule

  23. Team 9I Master Schedule

  24. Team 9O Master Schedule

  25. Team 9N Master Schedule

  26. 10th Grade Team L Schedule

  27. 10th Grade Team I Schedule

  28. 10th Grade Team O Schedule

  29. 10th Grade Team N Schedule

  30. Academic Teaming 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Interventions: Tutorials • Individual Teacher • Department • 9th grade Intervention Pyramid 9th Grade Initiative Intervention Strategies • Academic Team Student/Parent Conference • Adopt a student • Positive recognitions Academic Team

  31. Academic Teaming 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade 9th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade 10th Grade Academic Team Academic Team Academic Team Positive Recognitions: Student Fish Philosophy Bulletin Board Positive Parent Phone Call Academic Team Delivery Academic Team

  32. Leander High School Pyramid for Intervention Level 4 Campus Referral CAC Core Acceleration Class 12 weeks Level 3 Students are removed from an elective course Students are placed into a core acceleration class for six weeks 6 weeks Level 2 Saturday for S uccess Initiative Parent/Student Conference Teacher/Student Learning Contract Level 1 Student Conference/ Tutorials 3 weeks Teacher/Student Conference Teacher Parent Contact Before/After School Tutorials

  33. Smaller • Learning Communities AdvisoriesPurposeScopeLogistics Smaller Learning Communities

  34. Advisories Purpose: • All Faculty and Staff involved in building relationships (connecting) with students • Utilization of Advisories for grade level information dissemination • Build relationship with students over 4 years • Maximize/Protection of instructional time

  35. Advisories Scope: • 10-15 students per advisory • Grade Level Advisory 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th • Unique curriculum per grade level, progression from study skills freshman year to career/college focus in junior and senior years • Two per month and as needed (for example, more often the first week of school for procedural matters)

  36. Advisories Logistical: • Accountability for attendance • Alternate A and B days • No advisories during Pep Rally weeks • Teacher training on mentoring

  37. Academies Purpose: • Align Current Pathways with Academies • Create Heterogeneous Academies that focus on the 3R’s Rigor, Relationships and Relevancy • Development of relationships within academies between faculty and students (sense of identity with lanyards, pins, t-shirts, etc.) • Develop Community/ Business Relationships for potential partnerships/internships

  38. Smaller • Learning Communities AcademiesPurposeScopeAcademy Development (based on Career Passports)Current AcademyAlignment

  39. Academies Purpose: • Align Current Pathways with Academies • Create Heterogeneous Academies that focus on the 3R’s Rigor, Relationships and Relevancy • Create Academy identity between faculty and students (promotion) • Provide an area of focus and exploration • Giving students a place to belong beyond academic teaming

  40. Academies Scope: • 11th and 12th grade students would select an academy • Connection between core academic areas and the academies • Develop Community/ Business relationships for potential partnerships/internships • Build in flexibility, allowing for changes at specific times of the year • Student portfolios

  41. Human Services, Health & AgriScience Engineering & Industrial Technology Arts & Communication Business & Computer Technology Medical Sciences Passport (3 Credits) Advanced Math Science Passport (5 Credits) Advanced Humanities Passport (5 credits) Business: Finance Management Passport (4 Credits) Biotechnology Passport (3 Credits) Engineering Sciences Passport (4 Credits) Visual Communication (3 Credits) LHS Business: Accounting Passport (4 Credits) Health Science Technology Passport (4 Credits) Engineering Design Graphics Passport (3 Credits) Photojournalism Passport (3 Credits) LHS Business: Software Applications Passport (4 Credits) Sports Medicine Passport (4 1/2 Credits) Project Lead The Way: Engineering Passport (3 Credits) VRHS new 06-07 Visual Arts Passport (4 Credits) Business: General Passport (3 Credits) Early Childhood Education Passport (4 Credits) Construction Systems Passport (4 Credits) Interior Design & Architecture Passport (3 Credits) Internetworking Technology Passport (3 Credits) CPHS Education Passport (3 Credits) Construction Electricity Passport (4 Credits) LHS Technical Theatre Passport (3 Credits) Computer Technology Passport (3 Credits) Cosmetology Passport (6 Credits) LHS Machining Passport (4 Credits) VRHS Theatre Arts Passport (3 Credits) Culinary Arts Passport (4 Credits) CPHS Fitness & Wellness Passport (3 Credits) Agricultural Mechanics Passport (3 Credits) Dance Passport (4 Credits) Hospitality Passport (3 Credits) CPHS & VRHS Criminal Justice Technology Passport (3 Credits) – LHS & VRHS General Agriculture Passport (3 Credits) Band Passport (4 credits) School-based Enterprise (3 Credits) CPHS Military Service Passport (4 Credits) LHS General Technology Passport (3 Credits) Choral Music Passport (3 Credits) Business: Marketing & Management (3 Credits) – CPHS & VRHS new 06-07 Human Relations Passport (3 Credits) Automotive Technology Passport (# Credits) CRHS - new 08-09 General Fine Arts Passport (3 Credits) Public Relations Passport (3 Credits) Animal Science Passport (3 Credits) Architectural Design Graphics Passport (3 Credits) Journalism / Publications Passport (4 Credits) Career Development Passport - limited access (5 Credits) Horticulture & Landscape Passport (3 Credits) Computer Science Passport (3 Credits) Photography Passport (3 Credits) CPHS & VRHS Electronics Passport (4 Credits) LHS Veterinary Science Technology Passport (3 Credits) VRHS - new 06-07 Speech Communication (4 Credits) CPHS & VRHS LHS Totals LHS Totals LHS Totals LHS Totals 597 592 549 319 American Sign Language Passport (4 Credits) LHS Latin Passport (4 Credits) Spanish Passport (4 Credits) French Passport (4 Credits) German Passport (4 Credits) Academy info

  42. Blue = Academy Title Red = Federal Career Cluster Black = Career Passport Title Academy Alignment Arts & Communication Business & Computer Technology Communications Finance, Business Management Journalism/Publications & Administration Languages Other Than English Business: Accounting Photojournalism Business: Finance Management Speech Communication Business: General Visual Communication Hospitality & Tourism Humanities Culinary Arts: Restaurant Management Advanced Humanities Hospitality: Hotel Management General Fine Arts Information Technology Performing Arts Business: Software Applications Band Computer Technology Choral Music Electronics Dance Internetworking Technology Technical Theatre Marketing, Sales and Services Theatre Arts Marketing and Management Visual Arts Public Relations Interior Design & Architecture Photography Visual Arts

  43. Blue = Academy Title Red = Federal Career Cluster Black = Career Passport Title Academy Alignment Engineering & Industrial Technology Human Services, Health & AgriScience Architecture & Construction Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Architectural Design Graphics Animal Science Construction Electricity Horticulture & Landscape Construction Systems Veterinary Science Technology General Technology Education & Training Manufacturing Early Childhood Education Agricultural Mechanics Education Engineering Design Graphics Health Science General Agriculture Biotechnology Machining Fitness & Wellness Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Health Science Technology Advanced Math Science Medical Sciences Computer Science Sports Medicine Engineering Sciences Human Services Project Lead The Way: Engineering Cosmetology Transportation Human Relations Automotive Technology Law, Public Safety & Security Criminal Justice Technology Military Service

  44. Thank you for exploring the Leander High School Smaller Learning Communities website! SLC Introduction Return to LHS SLC page http://lhs.leanderisd.org/