Overall Rating of 2015-2016 School Year Exemplary
Learning Essential #1: DCPS School leaders improve instruction to enable teacher to teach at their best and students to learn at their utmost.
Professional Learnings for 2015-2016
* Thinking Strategies
*Achieve the Core
*Building a strong common assessment (grades K-2)
*Engagement (4 domaind - Affective, Cognitive, Instructional, Behavioral)
*John Antonetti Engagement cube
*Lucy Calkins Units of Study
*3 shifts study in both reading & math
*Math Coherence Map
*Leader in Me Booster Shots monthly
*Ruby Payne Poverty workshop
*Professional Growth Plan Groups
Walkthrough templates were created for the Professional Growth and Effectiveness Framework Domains 2 & 3. This allowed us to target professional needs and strengths for each teacher while assisting teachers in truly learning the framework. Individual coaching sessions were utilized following a walk through when necessary. This was a practice step for more functional walk-throughs that didn't contradict with a "Conditions in the Soil" walkthrough.
*Strategize and monitor walkthrough data with leadership team
*Embrace Eureka Math building wide
*Continue the writing support for Lucy Calkins work
*Dig deeper into ELA front load planning - team collaboration
Leadership Essential #2: DCPS leaders shape a vision of academic success for ALL students, one based on high standards.
Our special education teachers have embraced the co-teaching model to the best of their abilities. Their first thought is planning with our regular education team, and working to modify what that will look like within the setting for their students. Resource time is kept to a minimum so students do not miss valuable content instruction time. This also helps our regular education teachers. A huge Hornet Horrah goes to our EBD kids. 2 out of 5 children will transition to middle school outside of the unit setting with minimal support.
Learning Essential #3: DCPS School leaders manage people, data, and processes to foster school improvement.
During these six days I spent the entire day collecting data and being a part of the full day of learning for each grade level. I looked at everything from instructional strategies to evidence of professional learning implementation to effective time management. Spending an entire day allowed me to see a very clear picture. I provided grade levels with feedback that included strengths of the day as a team, individual work, and where time can be more effective.
*Planned proficiency meetings in the data room
*Look to identify the connections between the shift work we have done and meeting targets in MAP
Learning Essential #4: DCPS School Leaders cultivate leadership in others so teachers and other adults assume their part in realizing the school system.
ELA - Erin McCormick (front-load planning & Unit Development)
Math - Sally Tingle (Conceptual Understanding & Focus Standards)
Adult Lighthouse team assisted all other adults in the building, including our parents, with the continued focus on leadership within our students. The presented to our community two presentations around the Habits. Action teams allow EVERY adult in the building to be a part of school vision work. Whether it is the Measurable Results team looking closely at where we are with our goals, or the Staff Collaboration team finding ways to continuously promote leadership amongst ourselves, each team is responsible for their part.
Leadership Essential #5: DCPS creates a climate hospitable to education in order that safety, a cooperative spirit, and other foundations for fruitful interaction prevail.
Highland Highlights are crafted to focus on the work of the building and unify us to a common purpose for our school.
*Provide our families and communities with continued leadership training for their families
*Continue to add environmental touches that show the Highland spirit.
Important issues facing Highland in 2016-2017
2. Redistricting worked - loss of students means loss of support & people
3. New Math program for the building
*Special Ed questions