4Employee associations Sunnyside Education Association Chris Walden-Jones PresidentSunnyside Classified Employees Association Manny “Rebel” Portillo PresidentSunnyside Administrators Association Lorena Escárcega President
5Superintendent’s Cabinet Dr. Jeannie Favela Assistant Superintendent Student ServicesRaúl Ochoa Assistant Superintendent Operations and Facilities PlanningHector Encinas Chief Financial OfficerAnna Maiden Executive Director Human ResourcesBernie Cohn Administrative Director Elementary SchoolsSteve Holmes Director Language Acquisition and Development/Special Asst. to the Superintendent for Project GraduationMonique Soria Director Public Relations and Organizational Development
6New Administrators Art Basurto Director Transportation Bernie Cohn Administrative Director Elementary SchoolsHector Encinas Chief Financial OfficerSteve Holmes Director, LAD Special Asst. to Supt.Eneida Orcí Interim Principal Liberty Elementary SchoolLinda Swango Interim Principal Los Ranchitos Elementary
8Demographics District Student Enrollment 17,306 Hispanic 87.7% Anglo %Native American %African American 2.1%Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5%English Language LearnersGrades K %Grades %Grades %K %Eligible for free and reduced meals14,434 students 83.6%Homeless 5.8%Graduation Rate 63%StaffCertified 1,128School site administratorsCentral administratorsSupport staff 1,044
9Sunnyside and the State’s Image Parent literacy challengesDropout factory49th in funding in nationCultural intolerancePovertyHigh mobilityCorrective actionReading below grade levelELD ModelLow fundingLow graduation rateCrime and violenceUnderperforming schoolsLow expectations
10Sunnyside and the State’s Image What is real?What is a stereotype?What is an excuse?
11The Dropout CrisisNationally, nearly one in five high schools has weak promoting power (<60%).Arizona is one of 15 states that collectively house almost 80% of the country’s high schools producing the highest number of dropouts.Sunnyside High School and Desert View High School made the nation’s “dropout factory” list in a follow-up brief given to the Associated Press from Johns Hopkins University in Based upon data for the graduating classes of , 35 high schools in Arizona—one in five—made this list of schools that qualified by having weak promoting power (<60%).
12Sunnyside and the State’s Image Parent literacy challengesDropout factory49th in funding in nationCultural intolerancePovertyHigh mobilityCorrective actionReading below grade levelELL ModelLow fundingLow graduation rateCrime and violenceUnderperforming schoolsLow expectations
13Sunnyside’s Challenge We will continue our commitment to improve the public’s perception of our community and confidence in our ability to educate, graduate and prepare our students for the world of work and college.
14The New Generation NxT LeVeL Dance Group Desert View High School Glenna Hood and James MerinoSponsors, Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG)
15The world is watchingAZ School Boards Assoc.Laptops motivate Sunnyside District students, bridge digital divideDigital Journal U.S. School District Electrifies With Free LaptopsCox Communications Cox Brings Stars into Reach for ManyLetter from General Colin Powell, (Retired)
16Goal One: GraduateA record number for SUSD graduates in the Class of 2009, up from 598 in 2008
17Goal One: GraduateGraduation begins in elementary school
18Goal One: GraduateDesert View graduate Stephanie Celaya-Serventi was named a 2009 Gates Millennium Scholar; her studies will be paid in full through postgraduate work. She is one of 1,000 Scholars selected from 20,000 applicants.Sunnyside High graduate Nicole Esquivel received the Arizona Legislators Latino Caucus Cesar Chavez Award.Dollars for Scholars awarded $73,500 in scholarships to SUSD graduates in 2009.
22Project Graduation: The Digital Advantage PYRAMID OF INTERVENTIONS - FRESHMEN INTERVENTION NEEDSTIER DIGITAL ADVANTAGE COHORTTIER Students:PROFILE: Studentswith a 2.5 or higher butless than 95% attendanceINTERVENTION: Referral to advisoryTeachers and Ignite mentors to fosterconnections to the schoolTIER Students:PROFILE: Student with 95% attendance, but lower than a 2.5 GPAINTERVENTION: Individual student plan of action workingwith GEAR-Up; family contact; referral to Reading PlusPyramid of Interventions (TIERS 2-5)Cohort 2012Pyramid of Interventions (TIERS 2-5)Cohort 2012TIER Students:PROFILE: Less than a 2.5 GPA, less than 95% attendance, failing 0 – 1 classINTERVENTION: Intervention by counselors; potential to earnpartial summer school scholarships for credit recoveryTIER StudentsPROFILE: 2 F’s or more, less than 95% attendanceINTERVENTION: Intervention by counselors; potential to earn partialsummer school scholarships for credit recoveryEven with a laptop initiative, challenges remain.
23598 ACADEMIC PROGRESS OF 2008 COHORT Diplomas FOCUS AWARENESS FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTIONSite-Based Intervention Plan / Summer School / Credit RecoverySite-Based Intervention Plan /Summer School/ Credit Recovery/ GED
24ACADEMIC PROGRESS OF 2009 COHORT Graduation UpdateLocation(2008,2007,2006)January 2008September 2008January 200916 credits or moreTotal numberof students598 Diplomas May 20082009 COHORT2009,2008,2007Academically on track to graduateDistrict571586638661679DVHS211219242258SSHS36036739641942115 – creditsCould graduate with credit recovery57586831343540192126232812136 – creditsCould graduate with credit recovery next year811491749811150841005467657444Fewer than 6 creditsEnrolled with little academic progress4151418287AS OF 3RD QTR-ON TRACK 713Site-Based Intervention Plan / Summer School / Credit RecoveryCounselor Intervention / Summer School / Credit Recovery / GED
29SOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR PROMOTION RATES- SUNNYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN PROMOTION RATES- SUNNYSIDE HIGH SCHOOLSOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR PROMOTION RATES- SUNNYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
30FRESHMAN PROMOTION RATES- DESERT VIEW HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR PROMOTION RATES- DESERT VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
31DESERT VIEW HIGH SCHOOL: 2 or more F’s 1st Quarter (2 or more Fs)TOTAL234562011-DVHS (596):Last Year’s Freshmen22691663025142012-DVHS (626):This Year’s Freshmen165724518TOTAL 24.8 % DROPSUNNYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL: 2 or more F’s1st Quarter (2 or more Fs)TOTAL234562011-SSHS (659):Last Year’s Freshmen2279068451772012-SSHS (585):This Year’s Freshmen1215541191TOTAL 40.1 % DROP
32DESERT VIEW HIGH SCHOOL: 2 or more F’s 2nd SemesterDesert ViewSchool YrGradYearTotal23456782012187734135209201117671443712111201022987453124SUNNYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL: 2 or more F’s2nd SemesterSunnysideSchool YrGradYearTotal234567820121746243312592011149793418102010202834533221
33Digital Advantage Metrics SUSD is proud to announce the awarding of 844 laptops to our students in !505 awarded to freshmen339 awarded to sophomores, juniors and seniorsFreshmen who received laptops participated in after-school programsOn-line: 60 students enrolled for .5 credit coursesCS&C ELL computer-based program: 80 students enrolledParent meetings/training: Sponsored by school sites, GEAR UP, and Pima Community CollegeParent Engagement meetings throughout the year to provide updates on the progress of Project Graduation and other district informationCOX Communications partnership:Audio/visual for graduation ceremoniesInternet for students receiving laptopsFinancial contribution to The Digital Advantage
34Digital Advantage Coverage/ Awards/ Recognitions/ Presentations Media CoverageNewspapers • ASBA Journal • E-journalsTelevision • Radio interviewsRecognitions2009 ASPRA*tions Award to SUSD Public Relations from Arizona School Public Relations Association for marketing of The Digital AdvantageCity of Tucson Proclamation declares April 9, 2009 as Digital Scholars DayFinalist for 2008 Common Ground AwardHosting national summitsGoal One: Graduate Summit – America’s Promise Alliance Youth Symposium, Nov. 13, 2008 at Sunnyside High SchoolNational LULAC – Campaign for High School Equity Dropout Prevention Discussion and Parent Advocacy Workshop, March 5, 2009 at Sunnyside High School
35Goals for today’s presentation CelebrationsChallengesDistrict responses and opportunitiesStar Teachers and Pride of Sunnyside
36Historical Context Blueprint for Student Achievement, SMART goals Project Graduation – The Digital AdvantageFailure is NOT an OptionHOPE, Courageous Leadership AcademiesShaping Corporate Culture – organizational efficiency
38Challenges Financial National economic crisis State of Arizona is facing a $2 billion deficit that will have an impact on educationFY SUSD is facing a $2.9 - $4.8 million deficit
39Challenges – Financial History July 2008 – SUSD adopts a $98.7 million FY09 M&O budgetMay SUSD directed to reduce its FY09 M&O budget to $96.7 million. Expenditures are reduced to $96.7 million level.July 2009 – SUSD adopts a $93.8 million FY10 M&O budget. Prior Year $96.7 million – SUSD facing a $2.9 million deficit.September 2009 – SUSD directed to reduce it FY10 M&O budget to ???? (a budget of $91.9 = $4.8 million deficit)
40SUSD’s ResponseStudents and quality first instruction need to be the first priorityReduce programs first, personnel secondMaintain staffing & sectioning allocationsAcademics have priority over activitiesAchieve savings through maximizing alignment & efficiency
41Responses - Financial $2.9 million savings formula $1.1 million repurposing aides$1.8 million staffing & sectioning$4.8 million savings formula$2.9 above plus:ESI contract savings $0.4 millionPrevention Specialist funding change $0.3 millionOrganizational efficiency (hiring freeze in non-instructional areas, attrition savings, Homebound Program refinement) $0.2 millionImplement furloughs as a last resort - $1.0 millionAttendanceStudent: ADM is the lifeblood of all school districts. Keeping absences below 5.7% through first 100 days ensures maximum funding.Staff: No one can do your job better than you. Reducing staff absences also will result in reduced substitute costs.Organizational efficiency
42Thank youSunnyside Education AssociationSunnyside Classified Employees AssociationSunnyside Administrators Associationfor your leadership in our community and for organizing the Rally for Public Education.
43Challenges English Language Development Two-hour model disallowed and now we must change our positionFour-hour mandateCorrective ActionWithholding of fundsSegregation of studentsAdditional financial burden – no new funds
44District’s courageous previous position Governing Board Courageous leadership
46SUSD’s ResponseThe Sunnyside Unified School District will comply with the mandated time requirements.To offset the effects of segregation, we are committed to ensuring that ELLs in the Language Development Blocks receive a high quality curriculum provided by a high quality teacher.
47ELD rationale for four-hour block Castañeda v. Pickard decisionSupreme Court Flores decisionEqual Educational Opportunities ActOpportunities for focused, targeted and systematic development of language and literacy K-12
48ELD Guiding Principles Resource neutral- Implement within current budget constraintsMinimization of adverse impact - Implementation shall not have a negative impact on mainstream classrooms.Access to the Literacy CORE - It is strongly recommended that schools use their current reading/Literacy adoption for a portion of the four-hour block and accommodate for the needs of English language learners.Explicit development of language - Schools are encouraged to use the current Language Development materials and best practices to develop the four Domains of Language.Deliberate interactions with language models - Opportunities must be made available for ELLs to integrate with mainstream students.
49Challenges AYP and Arizona LEARNS District in Corrective ActionSchools not meeting AYPSchools not meeting Arizona LEARNS standards
55AYP and Arizona LEARNS Performance Labels 2009 School Level ResultsAYP and Arizona LEARNS Performance LabelsHigh Schools
56AYP and Arizona LEARNS Performance Labels 2009 School Level ResultsAYP and Arizona LEARNS Performance LabelsMiddle Schools
572009 School Level Results AYP and AZ LEARNS Performance Labels Elementary Schools
58District Performance Challenges Inconsistent system to increase English Language Learner academic proficiencyInconsistent system to increase Special Education learner academic proficiencyIneffective vertical alignment of mathematics and reading curriculums across the districtCohort graduation rate challenge
59Implications and Consequences of Corrective Action Increasing loss of autonomy in decision-makingMust implement a NEW viable aligned curriculum K-12Budget scrutiny from federal and state auditorsStaffing scrutinized by state based on Highly Qualified concernsState-directed District SMART goal areas
60District Response New leadership/ new roles Curriculum Audit recommendations implemented in 2009Implement Beyond Textbooks K-8ELD modelLaunch Curriculum Advantage districtwide
61District School Improvement Goals Goal 1: Reading ProficiencyGoal 2: Mathematics ProficiencyGoal 3: Proficiency in English for English Language LearnersGoal 4: HQ Teachers & Para-professionalsGoal 5: Safe and Drug-Free Schools Conducive to LearningGoal 6: Graduation RateGoal 7: Parent and Family EngagementGoal 8: Special Education
62District responses to challenges – Opportunities - Curriculum AdvantageCurriculum mapping/ Beyond Textbooks, K-8Atlas, grades 9-12Quality first instructionLanguage of InstructionEssential Elements of Instruction (EEI)Three Rs: Rigor, Relevance and RelationshipsCollaboration (rubric)Walk-through’s and coachingLearning walks, visibility and supportDistrictwide Literacy Initiative
63District responses to challenges – Opportunities - Districtwide Literacy InitiativeScholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) grades 4-8Standardized assessment for first timeRead 180 and System 44 for all middle schoolsReading Plus for ninth grade
64Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) 4th – 8th grade computer-based assessments allow educators to:Measure students’ levels of reading comprehensionIdentify independent and instructional levels of reading using the Lexile FrameworkDifferentiate instructionIdentify areas of instructional focusForecast student growth toward state performance
65Middle School Interventions System 4490-minute intervention that focuses on (below 400 lexile):Phonemic awareness and phonics foundation for the older struggling readerWord analysis (syllabication and morphology)Spelling, vocabulary (usage and meaning)Sight wordsRead 18090-minute intervention that focuses on (above 400 lexile):Text comprehensionFluencySpelling, vocabularyWriting and grammarSpellingPhonics and phonemic awareness for the older struggling reader
66Curriculum Advantage Beyond Textbooks Sharing teacher success and creativityEssential standards:Represent a “safety net” of standards each teacher ensures that every student learns prior to leaving the current gradeUnwrapped standards:Summarize the rigor, big ideas, essential questions and evidence of mastery for a given learning objectiveCurriculum calendar:Instrument to keep teachers andstudents on track for academicsuccess
67Curriculum Advantage Why calendars? For students Consistent scope and sequence in all K-8 classrooms reduces the impact of mobilityFor teachers The WHAT and WHEN are done - teachers are able to focus on HOW lessons will be planned and delivered at high levels of rigor and relevanceFor the district Providing all students a guaranteed and viable curriculum
68CALENDARS BECOME THE CURRICULUM GUIDES Web-based calendarsCALENDARS BECOME THE CURRICULUM GUIDES
69Performance Task / Model Product Explicit Descriptions of the Essential StandardsVocabulary, Skills,Level of RigorThe Big IdeasEssential QuestionsPerformance Task / Model Product
70District K-8 Focus Year 1 Three Main Components Full implementation of the web-based pacing calendarsUtilization of the Unwrapped Standards for planning, collaboration and instructional deliveryAdministration of the mini-formatives in reading and math and consistent use of the data for re-teaching and enrichment opportunities
71Rigor/Relevance Framework International Center for Leadership in EducationThe Rigor/Relevance Framework is a tool developed by staff of the International Center for Leadership in Education to examine curriculum, instruction and assessment. It is based on two dimensions of higher standards and student achievement. Knowledge Taxonomy, a continuum based on the six levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, describes the increasingly complex ways in which we think.Application Model is one of action. Its five levels describe putting knowledge to use.
72Rigor/Relevance Framework KNOWLEDGECProblemsDProjectsActivitiesBAA P P L I C A T I O N
73The Three Rs Rigor, Relevance, Relationships CurriculumBeyond TextbooksLiteracy InitiativeQuality first instructionCollaborationRelevanceAddressing the digital divideTransformation through technologyRelationshipsAdvocacyAVIDCommunity partnershipsStudent engagementRecognition - Star Teachers, Pride of Sunnyside honorees
74District responses to challenges - Opportunities - Transformation through technologyTechnology training for students and parentsTechnology training for teachersTeachers’ expanded role and opportunitiesAttendance-takingAccess to AIMS, student data 24/7Grades, lesson plans posted on web (Parent Connect) (new slide)Digital StoriesClassrooms of the FutureInternet accessRelevancy
75The Sunnyside Community Stories Project engages middle and high school students as cultural reporters to document and present the history, culture, and identity of the Sunnyside community.A component of the Sunnyside Learning Community Initiative, it is funded by USA Funds with support from UApresents and the Sunnyside Foundation.Digital StoriesDigital stories created bystudents can be viewed atstories.susd12.orgParticipating schools: Apollo Lauffer Sierra Desert ViewSTAR Academic Sunnyside High
76AVID: 28 Years of Success Relationships Over 28 years, AVID has become one of the most successful college-preparatory programs ever for low-income, underserved students, and today reaches more than 250,000 students in more than 3,500 U.S. schools in 49 states, Canada, and 15 other countries.Relationships76
77Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole percent AVID UpdateAVID graduates College students98% plan to enroll in a college or university69% plan to enroll in a four-year university29% plan to enroll in a two-year college83% of parents have less than a four-year college degree_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Source: AVID Center Senior Data Collection System, (N=10,949)Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole percent77
78Advancement via Individual Determination AVID promotes rigor for all studentsAVID study skills are taught schoolwide through advisoryAdvisory provides an opportunity for all students to receive some of the same support that students receive from AVID instructorsAVID strategies, implemented schoolwide, provide the foundation for secondary school reform
79AVID and SUSD How are we growing AVID in SUSD? What progress are our students making?Where are we on the continuum toward districtwide AVID?Challenger AVID
80The Development of AVID in a District Core AVID ProgramSchoolwideAVIDDistrictwideAVIDEssential QuestionsAre we meeting the 11 AVID Essentials?How experienced and effective are our AVID elective teachers?Do we have an adequate number of trained tutors?How accessible are our most rigorous courses?How well does our site team use the AVID strategies such as WICR?Are our site team leaders?Are we involving AVID parents?Essential QuestionsAre the Essentials in routine use?Have we increased our AVID sections with diverse staff?Have we created a system for access to rigor?Have we increased our site team’s size and influence?Is WICR used across campus, and are AP teachers involved?Do we see an increased college-going culture?Essential QuestionsAre all of our AVID sites certified?Do executive leaders work with AVID teams?Is there a district plan for college readiness, grades ?Have we expanded district opportunities for AVID training?Is college readiness a stated district priority?
82Indicators of Districtwide AVID Increased college-prep course completion in high school and enrollment in collegeImproved attendanceImproved performance on state accountability testsSchools focus on academicsA more cohesive facultyIncreased AP participationSchool and district focus on college prepPersistence in college
86Pride of Sunnyside Elementary Enriquetta Yanez instructional assistant Los AmigosArdith Varga school nurse GallegoBelle Rosete personal care attendant Early Childhood EducationNorma Castro library clerk DrexelKarla Brockman ELL interventionist Summit ViewRonald Harris campus monitor RiveraErlinda Silvas intervention assistant EsperanzaLori Carbajal attendance clerk ElviraAngelica Norzagaray school secretary Mission ManorBetty Camacho SEI support LibertyLisa Rabago reading interventionist CraycroftRenee Singleton reading interventionist Santa ClaraChristine Garcia office assistant Los NiñosBeatriz Lopez instructional assistant Los RanchitosGloria Gomez instructional assistant Ocotillo
87Star Teachers Elementary Karen Johnson speech language pathologist Early Childhood EducationNorma Mahoney kindergarten Santa ClaraMarilyn Higginbotham 4th grade GallegoErica Patrick-Vejar kindergarten Summit ViewStephanie Shay 1st grade Los AmigosStephanie Ponce 5th grade CraycroftCarmen Lamas kindergarten LibertyMargaret Hackett 4th grade ElviraCindy Gay 3rd grade OcotilloJean Olson math specialist Los NiñosAnn Arnold P.E. RiveraKristi Hamblin 4th grade Mission ManorCristina Guevara 3rd grade Los RanchitosBernadette Quiroz kindergarten EsperanzaJohn Underhill 2nd grade Drexel
88Pride of Sunnyside Middle School Mary Morris prevention specialist ChaparralMichael Fester prevention specialist & JAG coordinator SierraChris Higgins campus monitor LaufferJody Disney school nurse ChallengerGonzalo Ferreira advisor Apollo
89Star Teachers Middle School Karen Rogers science ChaparralMartin Wiggins science ChallengerJennifer Trujillo-Johnson reading-language arts ApolloNicholas Duddleston media arts SierraJackie Nichols social studies Lauffer
90Pride of Sunnyside High School Brent Stahnke head custodian STAR AcademicMary Martinez instructional assistant, special education SunnysideBernadette Martin Central AdministrationOlga Lozano attendance clerk Desert View
91Star Teachers High School Anne Hamilton ELD, all grades Desert ViewKurt Fischer English SunnysideLupe Cantau SAFE STAR Academic
92Have a successful 2009-2010 school year! OPENING OF SCHOOL