Community of Practice - Shared Classroom Initiative

I am excited to invite all K-12 ELA and Math teachers to participate in our Community of Practice – Shared Classroom Initiative. The purpose is to generate meaningful conversations about pedagogy by organizing opportunities for teachers to ‘share’ our classrooms as way of exchanging ideas.

The premise of the initiative is simple; by visiting other classrooms within our district we can gain exposure to varied teaching practices, reflect on our own practices and encourage conversation about the art and craft of teaching. In addition, this initiative will serve as another vehicle to ensure that our curriculum is articulated and aligned K-12.

The development of this initiative stemmed from last year’s “K-12 Math Tours.” Groups of teachers “toured” each other’s classrooms, this project received positive feedback from all teachers involved: host teachers and invited guests.

Who: All K-12 ELA and Math Teachers
What: Community of Practice – Shared Classroom Initiative
Where: Groups of teachers will visit a classroom (not within your own building) during each of the three “Curriculum and Instruction Refinement Days”
When: Dates for the ELA/Math “Curriculum and Instruction Refinement Days” are posted on Curriculum website. Each grade level/department will meet for three full days throughout the 14-15 school year.
Why: To generate meaningful conversations about pedagogy by organizing opportunities for teachers to ‘share’ our classrooms as way of exchanging ideas.
How: To sign up to be a ‘host’ teacher, simply add your name to the shared Google Doc. A representative from each grade level/dept. will email a host teacher to set up a visit. Once a visit is scheduled, please note it in the shared Google Doc.
 

Upcoming Initiatives

As you know we have quite a few curriculum and professional development days coming up. I will be sending out more information about specific initiatives via email. Just to keep you in the loop, some of the upcoming initiatives include:


• Foreign Language Curriculum Development
• K-12 Music Curriculum Development
• NGSS Study of the Standards
• Google Apps
• District Data Use Team
• Formative Assessment Resident Experts (K-12 Reading Specialists)
• Argument Writing Resident Experts (one teacher per bldg)
• Mathematics/ELA Curriculum and Instruction Refinement Project (this is a big one... each grade level/dept will have up to 3 full days to refine instruction)
• Math K-12 Common Core Task Force (after school)
• Foreign Language Curriculum Task Force (after school)
• ELA K-12 Common Core Task Force (after school)
• K-12 Music Curriculum Task Force (after school)

Important Dates:
September 9th- Professional Development Day

September 17th – Foreign Language I (French and Spanish)
September 17th- Foreign Language Task Force meeting @ 2:45 NSMS room 348

September 24th- Foreign Language I (French and Spanish)

September 25th- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- HS English 9/10 (3)

September 26th- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- HS English 11/12 (3)

October 1st- Foreign Language I (French and Spanish)

October 2nd- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- HS Math/ALg (4)

October 3rd- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- Grade 3

October 3rd- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- HS Math/Geo (2)

October 8th- Foreign Language I (French and Spanish)

October 9th- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- Grade 1

October 10th- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- Grade 4

October 15th- Foreign Language II (French and Spanish)

October 15th- Foreign Language Task Force meeting @ 2:45 NSMS room 348

October 16th- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- Grade K

October 17th- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- Grade 5

October 6th- K-12 Literacy Meeting/Formative assessment

October 6th- Professional Development Advisory Committee Meeting 3:00 @ KD

October 22nd- Foreign Language II (French and Spanish)

October 23rd- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- Grade 2

October 27th- K-12 Math Task Force meeting 3:00 @ KD

October 29th- Foreign Language II (French and Spanish)

November 3rd- Title I meeting/planning session 12:00-3:30

November 4th- Professional Development Day

November 5th- Foreign Language II (French and Spanish)

November 12th- Foreign Language III (French and Spanish)

November 19th- Foreign Language III (French and Spanish)

November 19th- Foreign Language Task Force meeting @ 2:45 NSMS room 348

November 26th- Foreign Language III (French and Spanish)

Curriculum and Instruction

The are many guiding documents, programs and committees that work in tandem for the purpose of improving instruction, professional development and student achievement. Programs and initiatives that we support are informed by many moving pieces. A couple examples of this is:

• Our math curriculum teams and task force built an assessment system aligned to ccss standards. Teachers implemented curriculum/assessments and scored unit assessments by standard. The results were uploaded into shared Google docs. The District Data Team analyzed data and made recommendations to the Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC.) The PDAC then built time into each PD day for grade levels/depts. to meet to review recommendations and inform instruction.
• Another example includes work from our District Evaluation Committee (DEC.) The DEC recommended that questioning techniques be an area of focus for the coming year based on evaluation data. On the September 9th PD day, all classroom teachers will participate in a Questioning Techniques session. This PD also supports the work we have done with McRel “Classroom Instruction that Works” and our Formative Assessment initiative.


Guiding Structures-
• RI Basic Education Program (BEP)
• District Strategic Plan
• Curriculum Cycle
• Survey Results
• Professional Development Advisory Committee
• Curriculum Task Force Teams by Content Area

Sub-committees:
• Formative Assessment Resident Expert Team
• Argument Writing Resident Expert team
• District Data Use Team

The Curriculum/PD Components:
• Study of the Standards, Curriculum and Units
• Professional Development (teaching practices/implementation)
• Assessments (formative and summative)
• Materials for Implementation
 

 

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Resident Experts - Wanted!

Are you interested in becoming a “Resident Expert?”  Our “Resident Expert” program in a system and structure that we have designed to do a deep study of a topic and provide professional development to faculty. Possible topics to be studied include: student engagement strategies, parcc assessment, Next Generation Science Standards, and questioning techniques. If you are interested shoot me an email. I will be bringing ideas to the Professional Development Advisory Committee. We will develop committees based on interest. Thanks for any consideration.