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1 Always Remember That Attitude Is Everything! SAC Make It A Great Day, The Choice Is Yours

2 Ensure Success for Every Student Turning Points Involve parents and community Teach a curriculum based on how students learn Use instructional methods that prepare all students Organize relationships for learning Provide a safe and healthy environment Govern democratically, involve all school staff members Staff schools w/ expert teachers on adolescent behavior

3 Today’s Presentation On SAC Professional Learning Communities Upcoming School Year Curriculum And Instruction To STAAR Strategies for At-Risk Students Vision, Mission, And School Climate Communicating Goals And Expectations

4 Secondary Alternative Program Vision Attitude is Everything. It is the responsibility of all S.A.C. staff to find and implement strategies to change a student’s attitude / behavior (decision making) in order to return to their home campus and become successful (decision making). Vision, Mission, And School Climate

5 What is expected all year long??? Appropriate Behavior Positive Attitude Focus Punctuality/ Be Prepared Self- Enrichment Motivation EXEMPLARY!!!! Vision, Mission, And School Climate

6 Strategies for Success Individualized Instruction Best Practices Counseling Conflict Resolution Character Education Celebrate Success Physical training (PT)– to instill control, discipline, and structure Attitude + Academics + Attendance = SUCCESS Vision, Mission, And School Climate

7 Community Involvement Continue working with: Harlingen Police Department Harlingen Police Department JJAEP JJAEP Justice of the Peace Justice of the Peace Buckner Family and Youth Services for Violence and Family Conflict, Buckner Family and Youth Services for Violence and Family Conflict, The Texas Department of Human Services, Texas Department of Health, The Texas Department of Human Services, Texas Department of Health, Tropical Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Seaborne Challenge Program, Tropical Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Seaborne Challenge Program, Southwest Keys youth facility Southwest Keys youth facility Tamayo House youth facility Tamayo House youth facility Vision, Mission, And School Climate

8 Components to an Effective AEP from Jim Walsh Legal Digest Expert Components to an Effective AEP First, the principal wants to be there First, the principal wants to be there Second, big emphasis on home visits — getting to know what dynamics are going on away from school. Both teachers and counselors at the Harlingen SAC placed high value on home visits. Second, big emphasis on home visits — getting to know what dynamics are going on away from school. Both teachers and counselors at the Harlingen SAC placed high value on home visits. Third, there was real instruction from real teachers and real counseling from real counselors. He saw teachers teaching and counselors counseling. Third, there was real instruction from real teachers and real counseling from real counselors. He saw teachers teaching and counselors counseling. Fourth, there is a strong disciplinary component to the program; it is clearly discipline, not punishment. Fourth, there is a strong disciplinary component to the program; it is clearly discipline, not punishment. Vision, Mission, And School Climate

9 Today’s Presentation On SAC Professional Learning Communities Upcoming School Year Curriculum And Instruction To STAAR Strategies for At-Risk Students Vision, Mission, And School Climate Communicating Goals And Expectations

10 Professional Learning Community a school in which WE WILL Provide positive and immediate feedback to our students. All students produce quality work Utilize specific instructional strategies, interventions, and tools Empower students to explore their interests Provide opportunities to excel. Focus on results – STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Continue to emphasize Community Service Professional Learning Communities

11 The Four Keys to a Successful PLC Mission: Clarifies Priorities/ Sharpens Focus Vision: Gives Direction Values: Guides Behavior Goals: Establish Priorities Professional Learning Communities

12 “What do we hope to become at some point in the future?” “What do we hope to become at some point in the future?” Vision Professional Learning Communities

13 “How must we behave to create the school that will achieve our purpose?” “How must we behave to create the school that will achieve our purpose?” Values Professional Learning Communities

14 “What results do we seek and how will we know we are making progress?” “What results do we seek and how will we know we are making progress?” Goals Professional Learning Communities

15 Are You Part of a Professional Learning Community? It is time for everyone to be pointed in the same direction and working on the same agenda! Professional Learning Communities

16 Today’s Presentation On SAC Professional Learning Communities Upcoming School Year Curriculum And Instruction To STAAR Strategies for At-Risk Students Vision, Mission, And School Climate Communicating Goals And Expectations

17 Leadership Qualities Create cohesion & community support Create cohesion & community support Spends time and energy carrying out the mission. Spends time and energy carrying out the mission. Programs are supervised, monitored and evaluated. Programs are supervised, monitored and evaluated. Expectations for teachers, staff and students are clearly stated. Expectations for teachers, staff and students are clearly stated. Positive school climate is promoted. Positive school climate is promoted. Team builder Empower others Competitive, ambitious, productive Encourage creativity Seven Habits practice – Place First Things First Keep a cool head in a midst of a crisis Communicating Goals And Expectations

18 School Climate Safe, orderly, clean and nurturing environment. Safe, orderly, clean and nurturing environment. Teachers and staff believe it is their responsibility to teach all students. Teachers and staff believe it is their responsibility to teach all students. Clear rules, policies and expectations are in place. Clear rules, policies and expectations are in place. Consistently enforced. Consistently enforced. “Zero tolerance” for drugs, weapons, and gang related activities. “Zero tolerance” for drugs, weapons, and gang related activities. Students are rewarded for academic and proper decision making. Students are rewarded for academic and proper decision making. Spirit of praise among the community. Spirit of praise among the community. Communicating Goals And Expectations

19 High Expectations Shared belief that ALL STUDENTS CAN LEARN. Shared belief that ALL STUDENTS CAN LEARN. Implement Best Practices and effective programs. Implement Best Practices and effective programs. Teachers and administrators demonstrate positive behaviors. Teachers and administrators demonstrate positive behaviors. Emphasize commended performance for our higher achieving students. Emphasize commended performance for our higher achieving students. Communicating Goals And Expectations

20 Measurement Data analysis by administrators, teachers and parents to carefully define what needs to be addressed. Data analysis by administrators, teachers and parents to carefully define what needs to be addressed. Benchmarking (C.B.A.) for evaluation and modifications of curriculum and programs. Benchmarking (C.B.A.) for evaluation and modifications of curriculum and programs. Test results are used to diagnosis individual student’s strengths and weaknesses. Test results are used to diagnosis individual student’s strengths and weaknesses. The administrators are responsible for managing the STAAR, monitoring student progress, conducting staff development, and supervising school-wide instructional changes based on the data. The administrators are responsible for managing the STAAR, monitoring student progress, conducting staff development, and supervising school-wide instructional changes based on the data. Celebrate campus accomplishments. Celebrate campus accomplishments. Communicating Goals And Expectations

21 Instructional Focus Emphasize Value Added __________ Emphasize Value Added __________ Common goals set by teachers, administrators, parents, and community. Common goals set by teachers, administrators, parents, and community. Campus Action Plan devised by SBDM Campus Action Plan devised by SBDM Goals displayed throughout the school. Goals displayed throughout the school. All of the principal’s decisions support the campus vision. All of the principal’s decisions support the campus vision. Utilize Cscope and DMAC as our instructional guide. Utilize Cscope and DMAC as our instructional guide. Communicating Goals And Expectations

22 Today’s Presentation On SAC Professional Learning Communities Upcoming School Year Curriculum And Instruction To STAAR Strategies for At-Risk Students Vision, Mission, And School Climate Communicating Goals And Expectations

23 More rigorous than TAKS Greater emphasis on alignment to college and career readiness Curriculum & Instruction To STAAR

24 Student learning Curriculum & Instruction To STAAR

25 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS P lan for phase-out of HS TAKS and phase-in of EOC assessments *Out-of-school testers and 12th grade retesters 2010– – – – –2015 GR 9 TAKS EOC GR 10 TAKS EOC GR 11 TAKS EOC GR 12 TAKS* EOC or TAKS* 25 Curriculum & Instruction To STAAR

26 Reading 3-8 Math 3-8 Writing 4 & 7 Science 5 & 8 Social Studies 8 STAAR Assessments Grades 3-8 Curriculum & Instruction To STAAR

27 English I, II, III Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II Biology, Chemistry, Physics World Geography, World History, U.S. History Curriculum & Instruction To STAAR

28 Communicating Strategies for Success Utilize support staff during regular intervention times, at each grade level Utilize support staff during regular intervention times, at each grade level Take inventory of campus Tier II intervention products and prioritize intervention options Take inventory of campus Tier II intervention products and prioritize intervention options Maintain regular office hours for the Parent Center and utilize the Parent Support Specialist (PSS) for regular parent and community outreach and education Maintain regular office hours for the Parent Center and utilize the Parent Support Specialist (PSS) for regular parent and community outreach and education Increase parent and student awareness of the impact of absences and tardies on academic success. Increase parent and student awareness of the impact of absences and tardies on academic success. Team meetings to monitor student progress, and Team meetings to monitor student progress, and Discuss student expectations and academic rigor Discuss student expectations and academic rigor Curriculum & Instruction To STAAR

29 Five Year Plan Communications and Involvement Increase student pride in academics and self esteem Increase student pride in academics and self esteem Increase parent pride and ownership of the campus Increase parent pride and ownership of the campus Increase parent communication through the internet, newsletters, and automated phone system. Increase parent communication through the internet, newsletters, and automated phone system. Provide parents with appropriate school information. Provide parents with appropriate school information. Create opportunities for parents to become involved with their child's education. Create opportunities for parents to become involved with their child's education. Curriculum & Instruction To STAAR

30 Today’s Presentation On SAC Professional Learning Communities Upcoming School Year Curriculum And Instruction To STAAR Strategies for At-Risk Students Vision, Mission, And School Climate Communicating Goals And Expectations

31 How to assure the highest level of Safety How to assure the highest level of Safety -Develop A Feeling of Belonging – -Knowing Each Student Personally – -Having Adult Mentors and Friends – -Fair Discipline Management System - Strategies for At-Risk Students Positive Proactive Discipline & TEC Chapter 37

32 It is not unreasonable for every parent, It is not unreasonable for every parent, with a child in the public schools, to expect that their child would have at least one professional adult at school that knows their child’s name and is considered a friend and mentor. with a child in the public schools, to expect that their child would have at least one professional adult at school that knows their child’s name and is considered a friend and mentor. “Home Room Concept” Strategies for At-Risk Students

33 Develop a Positive School Climate! To assure: Effective Discipline Effective Discipline School Safety School Safety Successful Learning Successful Learning having a positive-proactive philosophy along with clear goals is imperative to maintaining a successful discipline program in a school. having a positive-proactive philosophy along with clear goals is imperative to maintaining a successful discipline program in a school. Strategies for At-Risk Students

34 Positive Proactive Discipline! “Positive Proactive Discipline”, is a concept that promotes a focus on basic student needs and effective learning methods that revolve around the relationships that are part of all school settings. is a concept that promotes a focus on basic student needs and effective learning methods that revolve around the relationships that are part of all school settings. It includes “dignity” and “respect” of all students as a basic foundation of a successful educational-disciplinary program. of all students as a basic foundation of a successful educational-disciplinary program. Strategies for At-Risk Students

35 Notice positive behavior when it happens We certainly notice negative behavior “Acknowledge” & “look for” Positive Behavior much more often then negative behavior 3,4,5 times more Positive Proactive Discipline Strategies for At-Risk Students

36 Students meeting their needs with proper decision making. Students meeting their needs with proper decision making. Chapter 37; Section requires all school districts to teach “Self-Discipline” in all DAEP’s Do you teach students “Self-discipline”?

37 is the only way to establish long term results that are reliable and last. is the only way to establish long term results that are reliable and last. is a value system that serves as a base line for decision making. is a value system that serves as a base line for decision making. Without “self discipline” or “self control” Without “self discipline” or “self control” you have “external discipline” or “external control”. “Self-discipline” Strategies for At-Risk Students

38 If your discipline management system focuses on “Self discipline” it will emphasize “making decisions” that help the student succeed. A good approach is always to emphasize to the student “How did this decision help you”? Self-Discipline Strategies for At-Risk Students

39 Today’s Presentation On SAC Professional Learning Communities Upcoming School Year Curriculum And Instruction To STAAR Strategies for At-Risk Students Vision, Mission, And School Climate Communicating Goals And Expectations

40 Upcoming School year SAC Program Evaluations 5 main components of evaluation Student Achievement What are the school completion rates? How many students are making a smooth transition (How many repeaters?) Curriculum and Instruction Ensure teaching methods are up-to-date Novanet updates Utilitze Cscope and DMAC as a guide Professional Development Increase opportunities for Professional Learning Opportunities Allow time for Eduphoria in-service Family and Community Involvement How are parents and community involved in school decisions? Can parents develop their parenting skills? School Context and Organization How large are the classes? Max 15:1 ratio Do teachers and staff have a voice in the decision making process?

41 Upcoming School year

42 1. Have students feel connected with friends, staff and school 2. Develop a sense of community within the school 3. Respect and show care for students 4. Celebrate student success 5.Keep parents informed and involved with school activities and their student’s progress 6. Involve students in promotion of school climate efforts 7. Set clear rules and consequences with consistent enforcement How to focus on Positive School Climate How Should We Respond When Kids Don’t Learn? Upcoming School year

43 1. Teach Character Education 2.Reach kids before gangs do 3. Use gang strike forces to intervene with gang-related students 4. At-risk and severe behavior problem students interact with caring adults (mentor) 5.Ensure students are engaged in school work that is challenging and engaging 6.Provide adult supervision in the hallways 7.Combat truancy 8.Create school pride How to focus on Positive School Climate How Should We Respond When Kids Don’t Learn? Upcoming School year

44 Why Parents Get Involved Understand they should be involved Understand they should be involved Feel capable of making a contribution Feel capable of making a contribution Feel invited by the school and their children Feel invited by the school and their children Parents are more likely to become involved when they: Upcoming School year

45 Today’s Presentation On SAC Professional Learning Communities Upcoming School Year Curriculum And Instruction To STAAR Strategies for At-Risk Students Vision, Mission, And School Climate Communicating Goals And Expectations

46 Definition of An Effective School An EFFECTIVE SCHOOL is one in which all students learn the specified curriculum regardless of factors in their backgrounds which have ordinarily been identified as those which prevent such learning. Professional Learning Communities


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