Presentation on theme: "Rigor, Relevance and Relationships Hawaii Department of Education Honolulu, HI January 22-23, 2007."— Presentation transcript:
Rigor, Relevance and Relationships Hawaii Department of Education Honolulu, HI January 22-23, 2007
Dr. Mimi Dyer Academy of Math, Science & Technology
Cobb County Schools Just north of Atlanta, GA 2 nd largest school district in state 30 th largest in nation 106,000 students (+2,500/yr) 16 high schools 23 middle schools 68 elementary schools
KMHS Profile Opened in 2000 with 1250 students population – 3, ,000 sq. ft. instructional space on 79 acres 118 core and 165 elective courses on 4x4 block schedule 23 AP courses – 340 students/505 tests
Extracurricular Activities 90% of students involved 22 athletic teams Drama – 225 students Marching Band – 340 students 51 clubs RoboticsInternational RecreationYugiyo PhilosophyEquestrian Men of Distinction
21 st Century Skills 21 st Century Skills Communication and Information skills Thinking and Problem Solving skills Interpersonal and Self-Directional skills Collaboration skills
Relationships Relevance Rigor
Building a Learning Community …where collective aspiration is set free and where people are continually learning how to learn together. Peter Senge
Relationships Students: Empowerment and service learning Teachers: Rigorous and relevant curriculum Community: Engagement
Andrew J. Carter Average kid in middle school Outside looking in at robotics Tried out for lacrosse Loving technical theater this year Now taking one honors class, hoping to go on to AP A. J.
Everybody Counts or Nobody Counts
Student Empowerment How can we show responsibility if no one gives us a chance to be responsible?
Service Learning Mustangs with a Heart Shop with a Mustang Relay for Life R.I.S.E. and M.I.S.E. Kennesaw Youth Council Care-o-TherapyTutoring Class of 2006 logged over 10,000 hours
Students Educators Parents Businesses Character Education
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Once a Month Special Activity 110 community leaders teach lessons 99 KMHS seniors teach freshman classes 66 KMHS seniors teach elementary and middle feeder school classes Bullard Elementary students followed their leaders
Lessons Learned Successful schools do not sidestep the issue of character education; rather, they embrace it. They acknowledge that their success is due, in large measure, to their attention to guiding principles, through which they create a supportive learning environment.
TeachersTeachers Rigorous and Relevant Instruction
Tomorrows Classroom Student focused Engaging project- based activities Integrated curriculum Multiple resources Problem solving Interaction with experts Performance-based assessment Virtual Labs Writing workshops Primary resources Todays
Do you recognize this teacher?
Changing the Paradigm of Teaching and Learning Active engagement in learning Primary and dynamic resources Application of knowledge Performance-based assessment
Vision and Implementation There are no teachers with correct answers, only guides with different areas of expertise and experience that may help along the way. There are no teachers with correct answers, only guides with different areas of expertise and experience that may help along the way. ~ Peter Senge and Fred Kofman, 1995 ~ Peter Senge and Fred Kofman, 1995 Flip the funnel
How do we get R/R framework into our classrooms? Professional collaborative conversations Common vocabulary used consistently Common vocabulary used consistently Professional Development Groups Professional Development Groups Faculty meetings Faculty meetings Snack n Shares Snack n Shares Subject-specific collaborative groups Subject-specific collaborative groups Core teachers within each dept. as mentors Nurture relationships with teachers who show potential Share philosophy with kids Make them part of expectations and celebrations Make them part of expectations and celebrations
Building Stakeholder Commitment Leaders must envision the future and then create the conditions for others to build a common vision togetherone based on ideal and unique images of a common future. ~Kouzes & Posner, 2002 ~Kouzes & Posner, 2002 When people truly share a vision, they are connected, bound together by a common aspiration. ~ Peter Senge, 1990 ~ Peter Senge, 1990
250 total for school Local churches, businesses, colleges/universities, technical schools, governments Advisory committees for departments, academies, athletics, extracurriculars Financial and in-kind donations and contributions Assist in curriculum development Mentor students throughout school Community Partners
Kennesaw Business Association PTSA Golden Kiwanis Local churches City government Parents – open communication
Rigor and Relevance Individuals learn best when the content is meaningful to them and they have opportunities for social interaction and the environment supports the learning. Individuals learn best when the content is meaningful to them and they have opportunities for social interaction and the environment supports the learning. ~Ron Brandt, 2003 ~Ron Brandt, 2003
Vision Quest: Personal Achievement Vision Quest: Personal Achievement
Celebration of Personal Academic Excellence Process that encourages academic excellence, improvement, citizenship Goal: To increase student performance and teacher enthusiasm Recognizes, rewards, and reinforces good grades and good character for each and every student
Recognition Most Wanted (top 10 seniors) Classroom medals Academic pep rally Academic scholar tee shirts (FBI) Honor Cards
Honor Cards Honor Cards
Honor Cards Gold: 4.0 GPA, 3 absences and 3 tardies Silver: 3.5 GPA, 3 absences and 3 tardies Green: 3.0 GPA, 3 absences and 3 tardies No discipline records
High Five Club Recognizes students, regardless of GPA, for improving academic record Students who increase their GPA between semesters by.5 Tee shirt and various business discounts
Lessons Learned Increased student attendance Improved overall academic performance Kids believe that its cool to be smart!
Student Recognition Fall 2005, 1256 students recognized Fall 2006, 2240 students recognized
Putting it all Together Putting it all Together Students + Teachers + Community members = Lessons in the D Quadrant: Lessons in the D Quadrant: Rigor, Relevance and Relationships Rigor, Relevance and Relationships