Connecting School Improvement Engine Tools with Instructional Rounds

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During December and January I talked about the work our PICCS cohorts were doing in Instructional Rounds. The data, along with the research that we are connecting to the work based on the school we are visiting, is allowing all observers to look at instructional patterns across classrooms and then place themselves in the shoes… Read more »

Instructional Rounds at New Dawn

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Being transparent is a hard job. It means that you have to have the courage to acknowledge where your weak spots are. For a small transfer school with very large shoes to fill (cough*Wildcat*cough), it is no big secret that we are searching for the right potion to make our Regents scores work. The Instructional… Read more »

Working with Instructional Rounds

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Over the summer, we established peer groups among our staff that would support each other in between observation periods. In the hub-bub of getting curriculum set with our new internship schedule, and by putting together a program that is geared towards helping students pass the Regents exams, and begin adaptation of the modules from the… Read more »

Addressed vs. Assessed Standards: Completing the Curricular Aligment

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It is always refreshing to attend the Network Team Institutes in Albany. Every time I go there, I always seem to find a big “aha” moment that connects back to what we are attempting to do at New Dawn. To continue from one of the major “themes” of our staff development from Year One, aligning… Read more »

The Best Way to Protest Common Core is to Keep Your Child at Home?

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I have been regularly attending the New York State’s Network Team Institute’s on the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). What I have been regularly witnessing are teachers and Content Area Coaches grumbling about the “death of literacy” because of the increased emphasis on “informational texts.” This always made me chuckle, as I… Read more »