Presentation on theme: "TEACHING AND LEARNING Looking Ahead O VER THE LAST FOUR YEARS Completed 5-year curriculum cycle Completed a Facilities Study which will address school."— Presentation transcript:
O VER THE LAST FOUR YEARS Completed 5-year curriculum cycle Completed a Facilities Study which will address school infrastructure over the next four years. Completed/updated 3-Year District Strategic Plan Adopted a Mentoring Program for new teachers Adopted a criteria-based Hiring Policy
O VER THE LAST FOUR YEARS Set up Curriculum Committee to review/update curriculum Implemented several school safety initiatives Created a Substance Abuse/Bullying Task Force Completed Safety and Emergency Operations Plans for each school Implemented special needs programs at each level: elementary, middle, and high Completed for adoption a 3-Year Technology Plan
R OBERT M ARZANO, A NATIONAL LEADING EDUCATOR, DEFINES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN T ECHNOLOGY AND E DUCATIONAL T ECHNOLOGY Technology is electronic, digital, or multimedia tools used to achieve a goal more efficiently or effectively. Educational Technology is the use of technology tools in the classroom to improve learning. Educational Technology and effective instructional strategies, when used together, result in greater student achievement than when either is used alone.
W HY F OCUS ON T ECHNOLOGY ? Technology is vital to transforming teaching and learning. Technology has the power to increase students’ engagement, enhance instructional strategies, and increase achievement.
C OMPLACENCY WILL ULTIMATELY LEAD TO FAILURE. All of us need to cultivate our strengths; combine our knowledge and expertise to provide every student with successful learning opportunities.
T HE I NFORMATION R EVOLUTION We need to be prepared to meet the challenge of “Mobile Learning”.
N ATIONWIDE H ARRIS P OLL OF 2,250 STUDENTS FOUND : Use of Smartphones 45% - grades 4 -5 58% - grades 6-8 75% - grades 9-12 81% of students said they agree that using mobile devices in the classroom helps them personalize their learning. 79% of students said mobile devices help them perform better in class. 89% of students said that using mobile devices makes learning fun. An average of elementary, middle, and high school students, 65%, would like to use mobile devices in the classroom.
T HE PATH TO SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT AND STUDENT SUCCESS : Collaboration between home, school and community Correlation between a positive school climate, instructional effectiveness and visionary leadership imbedded in teacher investment Coping with change
O UR T HREE -Y EAR S TRATEGIC P LAN, T ECHNOLOGY P LAN, C URRICULUM AND ASSOCIATED POLICIES ENABLE BOTH TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF TOMORROW. Our challenge is to continue to engage in a thoughtful and reflective process which allows all of us to question, refine, examine, and, if necessary, revisit what we do, why we do it, and is there a better way to do it.
T ECHNOLOGY P LAN Goals Summary : Support Teaching and Learning by improving access to a variety of technology tools and resources for all students and staff members. Provide professional development necessary to support technology use and integration. Improve and diversify communication using a variety of tools to strengthen the home/school connection and create greater community engagement. Establish and refine data systems to provide information to guide instruction and assess student performance. Pursue innovative and technology solutions that increase efficiency of operations and the utilization of resources.
T HREE P OLICIES S UPPORT O UR T ECHNOLOGY P LAN Bring Your Own Device Policy (BYOD) Mobile Device Home Use Policy Computer and Network Acceptable Use Policy
P REPARING S TUDENTS FOR THEIR F UTURE December 3, 2014 Our Vision…
C URRICULUM, I NSTRUCTION, A SSESSMENT & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
C URRICULUM Each curriculum shall be developed to meet or exceed state content standards that have been adopted by the Board of Regents. In the absence of state ‐ adopted standards in a content area, each LEA shall align its curriculum to national content standards specific to that content area.
C URRICULUM Transparency… Our curriculum documents are updated regularly, made available online to parents, teachers, and community members. BSD website
C URRICULUM Is now and will always be an ongoing process.
I NSTRUCTION Mathematics Six in ten Americans (63%) report that they’ve had difficulty doing some type of math, including estimating distances or weight (35%), figuring out how much savings they need for retirement (34%), and calculating tax (24%). Change the Equation BSD Teachers…Students have difficulty remembering the math that they learn from year to year.
I NSTRUCTION One Method… Algorithm Concept 5.NBT.6 Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four- digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
P ROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT We cannot transform the classroom without attending to the level of readiness of the classroom teacher. Personalized Needs-based Technology Support for all teachers
C URRICULUM, I NSTRUCTION, A SSESSMENT & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Dr. Pallotta’s three C’s for school improvement… Collaboration between home, school and community Correlation between a positive school climate, instructional effectiveness and visionary leadership embedded in teacher investment. Coping with change
M EETING THE N EEDS OF A LL S TUDENTS As we raise the standards and expectations for students we have to work to ensure that we do not lose students in the process. Student Support Classroom Support Academic & PBIS Targeted Support Math & Reading Intervention Services RTI Academic, Social- Emotional & Behavioral IEPs and 504 Plans
Mitigation Plans have been developed to manage, reduce, and eliminate risk. These include: Close collaboration with BPD and Fire Departments Every school has a Crisis Response Team Ongoing fire inspections Building assessment tours by Police, Fire Dept., Administration, School Committee Up-to-date Camera System
S CHOOL S AFETY Access control system - all doors locked at all times Locked entry vestibules Visitor screening process Alarm system Intruder locks on all classroom doors Wireless panic buttons
S CHOOL S AFETY Annual School Safety and Emergency Operations Plan Full-time Resource Officer Police Department walkthroughs
S CHOOL S AFETY C REATING A P OSITIVE S CHOOL C LIMATE Building Positive Connections within the school PBIS Individual and Group Social-Emotional Support Connections Survey at Secondary level Building Community Support School Resource Officer Site Checks Substance Abuse/Anti-Bullying Task Force Success depends on assistance from all within the school community Speakers Program Bullying Monitoring – Juvenile Officer Drills and review of each school’s emergency response plans
TEACHING AND LEARNING L OOKING A HEAD Building for their Future