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Leander High School Smaller Learning Communities. What are SLC?. Why SLC?. Click here for LHS structures. LHS & SLC History. Smaller Learning Communities. No Child Left Behind Act Outlines the Purpose of Smaller Learning Communities.

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leander high school smaller learning communities

Leander High SchoolSmaller Learning Communities

What are SLC?

Why SLC?

Click here for LHS structures

LHS & SLC

History

Smaller

Learning

Communities

no child left behind act outlines the purpose of smaller learning communities
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.
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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

research supporting slc
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).
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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).
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  • 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
history of smaller learning communities at lhs
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

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SLC Introduction

Leander High SchoolSmaller Learning Communities

SLC Model

SLC Focus

SLC Structures /

Strategies

Smaller

Learning Communities

SLC Components

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Why SLC?

Leander High School SLC Model

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Why SLC’s

SLC Components

  • Academic Teaming
  • Advisories
  • Academies
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LHS SLC Overview

LHS SLC Focus on the 3 R’s

Rigor

Relationships

Relevancy

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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

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SLC Structures/Strategies
slc structures

Smaller

  • Learning
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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

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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

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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

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Smaller

  • Learning Communities

Academic TeamingPurposeScopeLogisticsInterventionsPositive Recognitions

Smaller

Learning Communities

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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

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Academic Teaming

9th Grade

9th Grade

9th Grade

9th Grade

Academic Team

Academic Team

Academic Team

Academic Team

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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

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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

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Academic Teaming

9th Grade

9th Grade

9th Grade

9th Grade

Academic Team

Academic Team

Academic Team

Academic Team

10th Grade

10th Grade

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10th Grade

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Smaller

  • Learning Communities

AdvisoriesPurposeScopeLogistics

Smaller

Learning Communities

advisories
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
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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)
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Advisories

Logistical:

  • Accountability for attendance
  • Alternate A and B days
  • No advisories during Pep Rally weeks
  • Teacher training on mentoring
academies
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
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Smaller

  • Learning Communities

AcademiesPurposeScopeAcademy Development (based on Career Passports)Current AcademyAlignment

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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
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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
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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

academy alignment

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

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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

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SLC Introduction

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