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1 HOW DOES VERTICAL ALIGNMENT WORK WITH GPS? WHY SHOULD STUDENTS WRITE? HOW DO SCHOOL LEADERS ARTICULATE A VERTICALLY ALIGNED WRITING PROGRAM? HOW DO TEACHERS ENSURE THAT WRITING ASSIGNMENTS ARE RIGOROUS AND RELEVANT? KATHY COX: “WE WILL LEAD THE NATION IN IMPROVING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.” RIGOROUS WRITING through VERTICAL ALIGNMENT Day 1: Forsyth 1

2 Bookkeeping issues 2 8 am-3:30 pm Break at 9:30 (10 minutes) Lunch from 11:30 until 12:45 Break at 2:15 (10 minutes) Dismissal at 3:30 Please feel free to stretch, go to the restroom, etc. when you wish. Also, please turn off your cell phones. Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.”

3 Activity 1: What Do I Know? 3 Receive a bingo card. Listen closely to the term. Volunteer a comment regarding the term (i.e., What does the term mean to you as an educator?) Shout out when you achieve “Bingo.” Receive your prize!!! Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.”

4 Begin a year with the end in mind… 4

5 Why Vertical Alignment? CURRICULUM FOCUS DURING PLANNING TIME FOCUS ON STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC GROWTH VERTICAL “CONNECTEDNESS” CONVERSATIONS LEAD TO AWARENESS OF COMPLETE STANDARDS PROCESS COLLABORATION LEADS TO DEVELOPMENTAL K- 12 PROGRAM IMPACT OF VERTICAL ALIGNMENT ON ASSESSMENT DATA ANALYSIS ACROSS GRADE LEVELS KATHY COX: “WE WILL LEAD THE NATION IN IMPROVING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.” 5

6 Vertical Teaming and Alignment of Standards Rigor Relevance Relationships Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.” 6

7 Rigorous and Relevant Learning A changing world A need to motivate students An emphasis on essential skills and knowledge A shift focus from teaching to learning A reduction in the overloaded curriculum A unified perspective and focus A preparation for state tests Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.” Reasons 7

8 Statistical Facts Continued One third of college freshmen are remedial students (NCES, 2004 ; AEE, 2006a ) Freshmen are unprepared for rigors of college (ACT, 2007) Evaluation of ELA/GPS 70% of high school students graduate on time 34% of graduates are ready for college (Education Week, 2007; Greene & Winters, 2005) Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.” 8

9 Original Terms New Terms Evaluation Synthesis Analysis Application Comprehension Knowledge Creating Evaluating Analyzing Applying Understanding Remembering (Based on Pohl, 2000, Learning to Think, Thinking to Learn, p. 8) 9

10 Creating Evaluating Analyzing Applying Understanding Remembering BLOOM’S REVISED TAXONOMY Creating Generating new ideas, products, or ways of viewing things Designing, constructing, planning, producing, inventing. Evaluating Justifying a decision or course of action Checking, hypothesizing, critiquing, experimenting, judging Analyzing Breaking information into parts to explore understandings and relationships Comparing, organizing, deconstructing, interrogating, finding Applying Using information in another familiar situation Implementing, carrying out, using, executing Understanding Explaining ideas or concepts Interpreting, summarizing, paraphrasing, classifying, explaining Remembering Recalling information Recognizing, listing, describing, retrieving, naming, finding 10

11 Activity 2: Putting the standards/elements in order 11 Get in pairs Review the set of standards and elements Label the grade level associated with each standard and the set of elements Highlight key words that show level of thinking Highlight key words that show progression of skills/knowledge Discussion Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.”

12 Activity 3: Recognizing Rigor 12 Please pair with another member of the group Receive two different writing samples Receive two “Rigor and Relevance” rubrics Evaluate your samples Discuss why you rated as you did General discussion with the group Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.”

13 Activity 4: Examination of tasks 13 Read and highlight key words (What must the student do? What skills must the student have? What standards are evident?) Discussion Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.”

14 What Does ELA Vertical Alignment Look Like in Georgia? PLEASE REFER TO THE FOLLOWING HANDOUTS OF VERTICALLY-ALIGNED GPS EXAMPLES DEVELOPED BY THE ELA TEAM KATHY COX: “WE WILL LEAD THE NATION IN IMPROVING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.” 14

15 Handout #1 Writing 15

16 Handout #2 Conventions 16

17 17 What are the foundations of early writing? Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.” For early writers—Be consistent Emphasize the reading and writing connection Provide daily opportunities to organize, transcribe, and edit Offer a variety of writing assignments appropriate to abilities Build skills of letter formation, spelling, and sentence generation Compose in stages: generating and organizing ideas, producing a draft, sharing with others to get feedback, revising, editing, proofreading, and publishing

18 18 What are the elements of effective adolescent writing instruction? Source: A Report to Carnegie Corporation of New York, Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools. (2007). 1. Writing strategies 2. Summarization 3. Collaborative writing 4. Specific product goals 5. Word processing 6. Sentence combining 7. Prewriting 8. Inquiry activities 9. Process writing approach 10. Study of models 11. Writing for content learning 12. Reading/writing connection

19 Activity 5: Developing a strong writing program 19 List 5 components you feel are absolute “non- negotiables” for a strong writing program. Share ideas From the list, choose the 5 that are necessary for Forsyth (Where do we begin?) Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.”

20 Some ideas for a “strong writing” program 20 Triple Vision (Know what comes before you, what you are suppose to address, and what comes after you). LOTS—(Language of the Standards) Anchor Papers Minimum expectations from each grade level Avoiding an “abundance of redundancy” Understanding and demanding rigor Writing to Learn, Writing to Demonstrate, Authentic (Real World) Writing Reading and Writing Connection Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.”

21 Activity 6: What do you want for Forsyth? 21 Model how to vertically align (Persuasive)—Use the handout from earlier. Groups: 2 elementary teachers, 2 middle school teachers, 2 high school teachers Chart what types of assignments you would want in each area— elementary, middle, and high—for each genre. Each group will share. Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.”

22 Advantages to Vertical Teaming and Alignment Sense of belonging for both teachers and students Maximum use of teachers’ strengths Development of rigor in tasks Decrease in repetition Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.” 22

23 Next Steps for Forsyth 23 Groups need to align all the writing standards (Choose a format that is easy to follow and that highlights the elements). Decide what specific assignments might be required at each grade; you may create a list. Find anchor papers for each genre so your teachers have a guide. Monitor the writing as a school and as a department. Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.”

24 24 “The research is crystal clear: schools that do well insist that their students write every day and [are] provided regular and timely feedback” (National Commission on Writing)

25 Final Thought Successful Vertical Alignment Has Graduation As Its Mission and Vision = 25

26 We are here to help!!! 26 Mary Stout, ELA Program Manager, Kim Jeffcoat, ELA Program Specialist, Kathy Cox: “We will Lead the Nation in Improving Student Achievement.”


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