RCS Curriculum and Instruction
News You Can Use-Fall 2015
A Vibrant Learning Community
Vibrant learning communities focus on learning for all: adults and children. One area where I have seen RCS grow leaps and bounds in the last two years is in the area of innovative teaching and learning practices. This includes embracing STEM learning through PLTW, raising the rigor through our ACE work, and increasing chances for students to communicate, collaborate, and create using new forms of technology. All of this requires great learning from the adults in the building qualifying RCS as a true and VIBRANT learning community!
Google Chromebook Pilot
Since the fall of 2014, there has been a committee looking into the needs of 21st century learners and investigating different types of devices and 1:1 programs. We journeyed to four schools with established 1:1 programs in place to observe classrooms, talk with teachers, and learn from administration. We hope to pilot Google Chromebooks in the 7th grade at St. Francis throughout the second semester to help us decide if this device should be used in grades 6-8 at all schools. Click here for more information regarding the Google Chromebook Pilot.
Embracing a 1:1 device program is far more about the teaching strategies than it is about the device. Providing each student his or her own personal learning device (PLD) allows us to transform teaching and learning into something we could only once imagine.
RCS Summer Institute
The principals and I have been out and about visiting classrooms and conducting "3-Minute Walkthroughs." In fact, more than 140 walkthroughs have been conducted. The point of the walkthrough is not to evaluate teachers. Rather, it is a way for us to get a better picture of the teaching and learning happening daily in our classrooms. Here is a great article regarding classroom walkthroughs. https://www.naesp.org/resources/2/Principal/2009/M-A_p30.pdf
Your principal will be sharing the data from the walkthroughs with you soon.