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P.R.I.D.E. Summer Retreat August 15 & 18. Getting Strategic About Student Achievement. Clear Learning Targets. Review District Vision/ Mission/ Core Beliefs/ District Strategies

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p r i d e summer retreat august 15 18

P.R.I.D.E. Summer RetreatAugust 15 & 18

Getting Strategic About Student Achievement

clear learning targets
Clear Learning Targets
  • Review District Vision/ Mission/ Core Beliefs/ District Strategies
  • Audit current PRIDE practices and District practices to determine how effective they are at supporting the District’s strategies.
  • Review the District Focus Areas
  • Review all roles in the building that support staff efforts to implement District strategies.
  • Review the PRIDE data picture to analyze our current effectiveness in meeting the District vision/mission/core beliefs
  • Develop a school-wide best practices plan for how PRIDE students will achieve building goals. (i.e. common classroom practices, common supports, student engagement practices, evidence of rigorous instruction, evidence of literacy instruction, etc…)
  • Develop a walk through document, in conjunction with the principal, to assist with analyzing the effectiveness of implementation of school best practice plan.
  • Discuss and create strategic action team system for planning, developing, and implementing strategies for improving student achievement and school effectiveness in supporting District Strategies.
  • Complete a text-based discussion of the 15 Fixes for Broken Grades and discuss how a teaching and learning action team could use the ideas from the book to develop a school policy on grading.
district vision
District Vision
  • VISIONPreparing All Students for Success in AGlobal EconomyP.A.S.S.A.G.E.
  • We will prepare all students for college and life by providing a challenging curriculum (RIGOR) that connects students’ lives and their future (RELEVANCE) in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment (RELATIONSHIPS).
core beliefs
Core Beliefs
  • CORE BELIEFS We believe in our students! As a result of our deep-rooted commitment to our students, the following core beliefs guide our work:
  • Students are fundamental to our mission and their best interests should be central to all decision-making.
  • Improved academic achievement is the result of the professional practices of our teachers and leaders, not the economic, ethnic, or linguistic characteristics of our students.
  • Knowledge enhances our lives because it provides us with a greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
  • Every student should have equal opportunities to develop individual talents.
  • Students need to be prepared to participate productively in a diverse global and highly technological society.
  • Our schools should advocate responsible citizenship, ethical behavior, and respect for diversity.
  • The learning process is enhanced by caring relationships built on mutual respect, self-discipline, and responsibility.
  • Accountability for results incorporates focused planning, strategic data analysis, and vigilant monitoring.
  • The learning environment must encourage students to think critically, synthesize information, develop decision-making skills, work collaboratively, and apply their knowledge.
  • Creating a culture of collaborative partnerships and building staff capacity are essential to ensuring academic excellence.
  • Education is a partnership among students, staff, families, and our communities.
audit of current practices supporting and reinforcing a culture of collaboration
P.R.I.D.E. Practices

Freshmen Teaming

Leaders With P.R.I.D.E.

Collaboration Committees

Prof. Dev. Retreats & In-services

10th Grade Teaming

District Practices

PLCs (example)

District Prof. Dev.

Support for P.D./Time out of class, etc.

Literacy Coaches

Staff Development Coaches

KWF Literacy & Math

Mentors (E.Y.T.)

Audit of Current Practices Supporting and reinforcing a culture of collaboration.
audit of current practices recruiting developing and retaining highly effective staff


Audit of Current Practices Recruiting, developing, and retaining highly effective staff.
  • Principal Interview Committee
  • Teacher interview Committee
  • EYT
  • Professional Development
  • Conferences & National Speakers
  • At District P.D.
  • Freshmen Team participated
  • In interview process
  • Mentoring
  • Entry Year Program
  • Professional Development for
  • All to build skills & knowledge
  • base
audit of current practices using data effectively for strategic action

Examine Achievement Gap data to create awareness. (next steps?)

Data communication needs improvement- more timely.

PRIDE’s Literacy Plan created based on MAP & OGT results

Targeted intervention for OGT remediation

KLT strategies tested for effectiveness

Use of Formative & Summative Assessments

How do we get more serious student buy-in for test taking?


Data Liaison position created & maintained

OGT results, MAP, practice OGT

Director of Assessment & Accountability

Special Ed. Assessments to determine necessary services

Audit of Current Practices Using data effectively for strategic action.

Bob Swaggard is a visionary of usage of technology & accessing the library

Staff has applied & received technology grants

Most PRIDE meetings include technology

Use of on-line grade book & integrating technology into curriculum


Suppporting labs and on line resources, buying subscriptions to databases and school and home (24 hour access)

Technology grants for equipment

Multiple in-service workshops available

Laptop Initiative

Can we create a program where teachers & students help teachers with technology needs?

Audit of Current PracticeEnsuring access to global content and the development of 21st Century competencies.

Summer Retreat

PLC work

Co-Curricular Involvement (relationships)

Use data for planning

Online Grade book

Team Conferences

Using Literacy best practices in PLC work

Focused intervention for achievement (OGT)

Create High Quality Teaching Standards


Nov. P.D. Day

KLT Training

Allow for student voice

MAP testing, PSAT

Improve communication between home & school

Literacy, Math Cadres

Focus on Academic Achievement


New Staff Orientation

Audit of Current PracticesImproving staff effectiveness with appropriate instructional materials, methodologies, and professional development.


On-Line Grading

PRIDE Website


Teaming/Seminar (4 year planning w/students)

SGT school Information Magnet

Parent Nights (Dinner with the Doctor & PRIDE Frosh Orientation)




CHUH Website

E-mail updates/mailings

OGT intervention sessions



Connect Ed messages

District Calendar

Guidance Counseling & 8th grade scheduling

8th grade Open Houses

Special Help

Literacy & Math Cadres

Online textbooks & resources



Read/Write Connections

Alg Lab

Read 180

How do we organize & align supports to create coherence in our system?

Audit of Current PracticesAccepting our responsibility to provide support and remove barriers related to Equity & Access.
district wide focus areas
District-wide Focus Areas
  • PLCs – Effective Collaboration (norms / protocols / focus on learning / student work / results-orientation)
  • Pyramid of Support – Monitoring Student Learning / RTI: Positive Behavior Supports
  • Culture – Monitoring for Equity & Access / Attitudes & Beliefs that support 21st Century Competencies
  • Instructional Practices – Making Explicit Learning Intentions / Rigor (Task & Student Responses) / RTI : How do we respond when kids don’t learn
supports in the building roles
Data Liaisons

Literacy & P.D. Coaches

Department Liaisons

Teacher Leaders


Monitors & Security

Librarians & Media Specialists

Joel Gulko (AP, AVID, Student Activities)

Relationship Building

Mentor Teachers (Laurie Chapman)

Supports in the Building/Roles
  • Blockson & Attendance
  • Counselors (Tandra)
  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Coaches & Athletics
  • Office Staff
  • Success Connect
  • Yvette & Spec. Ed.
  • Student Groups (LWP, Link Crew)
  • College & Career Centers
principal supports for student achievement
Principal Supports for Student Achievement
  • Develop with the P.R.I.D.E staff a school wide best-practice plan for improving student achievement. (Focus on common instructional methods, assessment methods, classroom design, student supports, etc…)
  • Develop, with the staff, an assessment tool for analyzing classroom implementation of the plan. (Walk through document)
best practice foci
Best Practice Foci
  • Research-Based Common Instruction Methods: Literacy strategies, questioning strategies, writing strategies, differentiation, KLT, etc…
  • Assessment Methods: Assessment for learning, warm-up, exit pass, formative assessment, summative assessment, common assessments, etc…
  • Classroom Design: Explicit Learning Intentions posted, class rules posted, standards and Grade Level Indicators posted, current student work posted w/ rubrics, word walls, discipline plan posted, etc…
  • Student Supports: Pyramid of interventions, Response To Interventions, special help time posted, student of week identified, data used to identify weaknesses, differentiation, etc…
  • Other areas? Work in teams to brainstorm what we, as the P.R.I.D.E. staff, will expect in all P.R.I.D.E. classrooms. The information will be used to develop a walk through data collection template so we can document the success of our plan.
research based common instruction methods
Research-Based Common Instruction Methods
  • Post Learning Objectives- tied to standards in student friendly language
  • Daily Warm-Ups
  • Model Exemplars
  • Appeal to varied learning styles
assessment methods
Assessment Methods
  • Use formative & summative
  • Warm-ups & Sponge Activities
  • Exit Slip
  • Demonstrate Exemplars & Use rubrics
  • Use Costas Level of Questioning
  • Reflect on Assessment to see if instruction has hit the target
classroom design
Classroom Design
  • Discipline Plan & Rules Posted- these need to be common and consistent (positive)
  • Student friendly standards & indicators- Use of Power Standards
  • Post student work as exemplars
  • Daily written agendas and objectives
student supports
Student Supports
  • Pyramid of Interventions (systemic)
  • Common F.A. Prevention Plan
  • Posting Teacher Schedules & their weekly availability
  • Plan for positive reinforcement in each classroom
walk through template
Walk Through Template
  • Ideas for topics to look for:
how can we be efficient in planning and implementing ideas for our small school
How can we be efficient in planning and implementing ideas for our small school?
  • Shared Governance Team:
  • Action Teams:
  • Research Best-Practices:
  • Strategic Measurable Attainable Results Oriented Time-bound Goals:
  • Built on the foundation laid out in the DISTRICT STRAGTEGIES and FOCUS AREAS
example of researching best practices using a text based discussion
Example of researching best practices using a text-based discussion
  • Form four groups and utilize text-based discussion protocol to examine A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for broken grades.
  • Each group will be assigned a chapter to review and discuss using guided questions. (30 Minutes)
  • Groups will jigsaw the book and report to the whole staff possible implications for PRIDE grading practices learned from their discussion. (30 minutes)