Presentation on theme: "Exciting Charter School Opportunities for Students in Kaukauna"— Presentation transcript:
1 Exciting Charter School Opportunities for Students in Kaukauna New Directions Learning CommunityPark Community Charter School
2 New Directions Learning Community Serving students in grades 1-3 forSharing space within Electa Quinney Elementary
3 NDLC Planning Team Kelly Giordana- 1st Grade Teacher at Haen Mary Jo Kilgas- Learning Disabilities TeacherLisa O’Brien- 4th Grade Teacher at QuinneyAutumn Steif- Reading Specialist at RiverViewKathy VanOfferen- Reading Specialist at QuinneyBarbara Graunke-1st Grade Teacher at QuinneyPrincipal:Garth Larson
4 NDLC’s VisionTo create an elementary charter school anchored in best reading, writing, and problem solving practice utilizing the Workshop structure developed by Columbia University.
5 NDLC’s MissionTo implement the Workshop model with fidelity across all content areas in order to strengthen and improve the academic performance of our students.To share the skills and techniques with other interested educators inside and outside of the district through trainings and site visits.
6 Foundations of NDLC Comprehensive literacy program is the core Workshop structure for all instructionLanguage Arts, Math, Science & Social Studies (Inquiry Circles)Oral Literacy (Speaking, Listening, Dialogue, Debate)Students will see themselves as independent learners with important stories to tellTeachers will see themselves as learners and leadersWe will seek reciprocal relationships with other learning institutions; both locally and nationallyProfessional development will be frequent, strategic and rigorousParents will see themselves as an integral and involved part of the school communityParents are their child’s first teacher, therefore we will provide a high level of parent education
7 What Does a Workshop Look Like? Mini-Lesson- Where a specific skill or strategy is taughtIndependent time- Students work at their independent level and teachers work 1:1 and in small groups to scaffold student learning to the next developmental level.Partnerships- Students work together to provide feedback.Share Session- Teachers & students process and/or extend learning.
8 NDLC GoalsGoals:1. To provide individualized instructional programming with literacy at the core2. To provide a holistic education (social/emotional/physical and academic)3. To provide every child with guided choices in their learning4. To build problem solving skills in all settings
9 Park Community Charter School A full school charter conversion serving students in grades 1-4
10 PCCS Design Team Debra Gardner – 2nd Grade teacher at Park Kris Serwe- 4th Grade teacher at ParkKaren Nicholson-3rd Grade teacher at ParkKaren Weidner-Title I teacher at Park and TannerMollie Rieser-Physical education teacher at ParkPrincipal:Kelli AntoineKen Kortens
11 PCCS’s MissionPark Community Charter School strives to develop knowledgeable, responsible, compassionate children with the skills and conscience to adapt and contribute to the changing world, by addressing each child’s social, emotional, physical and academic needs through a rigorous place-based curriculum delivered in collaboration with the community.
12 Why Convert Park to a Charter? Provides opportunities for :innovation and flexibilitylooking deeper at ways to develop the social, emotional and academic needs of our studentsadditional learning materials & professional development through grant resourcesthe planned integration of social skills into the curricular areasapplying the core curriculum with “real” life skills in our communitydeveloping relationships with community partners
13 Foundations/Pillars of PCCS Place- Based LearningRespectful ClimateCommunity Connections
14 What is Place-Based Learning? Community-centered learningCollaborating with community partnersApplying learning through hands-on experiences in classroom and community settingsHelping students learn to be responsible citizens of their world by understanding where they live and taking action in their own community
15 How will the student day in PCCS be similar ? Park Community Charter School (PCCS) will continue to serve the students of the Park attendance area while welcoming new students through the open enrollment process.Students at PCCS will continue to receive a high quality academic program and participate in music, physical education, art, library, and guidance, as well as still be eligible for other support services.Students will be provided transportation within the District guidelines. PCCS will continue to offer hot lunch, breakfast, and after school care. The students’ calendar year and school day will align with the rest of the District. Academic standards will continue to be met through instruction in Writers’ Workshop, Readers’ Workshop, Word Study, Math Expressions, handwriting, keyboarding, science, and social studies.
16 How will the student day in PCCS be different? Park Community Charter School is built on three pillars of success: Respectful Climate, Place-Based Learning, and Community Connections. These foundational pillars will be infused into the student day in a variety of ways such as:Place-Based Learning will:provide hands on experiences in a real world setting through integrating all the curricular areas inside and outside of the classroombenefit students through partnerships created between the school and local businesses/ community members and resources that are on-going and that are reflective of students’ needsallow for collaboration with community experts in specific curricular areas to develop the most meaningful, current, and relevant to the real world curriculum as is possible.
17 How will the student day in PCCS be different? Respectful Climate will:create a safe, challenging, and joyful school that emphasizes academic, physical, social, and emotional growth of every studentfoster a proactive approach to school wide behavior expectations and a clear and consistent behavior plan including:voice level guides to guide students behavior“Take a Break” chair to assist students in being reflective and conscientious members of a learning communitydirect instruction of character traitshave morning meetings that set the tone for respectful learning and establish a climate of trust, while teaching students social skills and communication proficiencyintegrate problem solving skills and social development in Readers’ Workshop / Making Meaning using high quality children’s literature, while teaching high level comprehension strategies.Community Connections will:provide the opportunity for students to participate in community projects connected to place-based learning opportunities that will foster citizenship, Kaukauna pride, and a feeling of connectedness with their community.
18 Kaukauna Charters at a Glance NDLCPCCSGrades 1-3 ( )WorkshopResponsive ClassroomInquiry CirclesOngoing Lab sitesRigorous, ongoing professional developmentMusic, Art, Phy- Ed, LibraryParental InvolvementGrades 1-4 ( )Full School ConversionSimilar staff to ParkTransition will be gradualBuilt on 3 Pillars:Place- Based LearningRespectful ClimateCommunity Connections
19 Questions and Comments How to learn more:New Directions Learning CommunityWebsite: ndlccharter.orgOn Facebook: NDLC CharterPark Community Charter SchoolContact Park School