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Literacy Across the Curriculum High Standards, High Expectations, NO EXCUSES! Sue Szachowicz Principal Brockton High
Agenda Who we are and where we were How we did this: 1. Empowering a Team 2. Focusing on Literacy 3. Implementing with fidelity 4. Monitoring like crazy! Results: Changing the Culture!
School Turn Around? First, a few thoughts on recent reports about whole school reform and what it takes… (My frustrations I guess…) 3
School Reform??? Turn Around Teams Small schools are the answer Charter Schools are the answer Uniforms! They must wear uniforms!!! Fire the principal Fire the teachers Waiting for Superman!!!
Transforming a Culture through Literacy A.K.A. - Its COOL to be smart at Brockton High!!! As we say in Boxer Country, we are WICKED AWESOME!!! Our Turn Around Story…
Our School of Champions Brockton High School Brockton, Massachusetts Featured on the PBS series Need to Know
Comprehensive 9 – 12 Enrollment: 4,218 Poverty Level: 72% Minority population: 73% 50 different languages 50% speak another language in the home Approximately 12% in Transitional Bilingual Ed. Approximately 11% receive Special Educ. Services Who are We??? Our Demographics
57% Black - includes African American, Cape Verdean, Haitian, Jamaican, and others 26% White 14% Hispanic 2.5% Asian.5% Native American Meet our Students
Massachusetts implemented a high stakes test (MCAS) Three-quarters of our students would not be earning a diploma Culture of low expectations – Students have a right to fail Who is responsible???? (My kids, your kids, not OUR kids) Success by chance – depended on who your teacher was – are you lucky??? \The Problem: (actually we had many…)
Third Key Trend What does Success by Chance mean? Meet Amarr… Every period was a different set of requirements, standards, grading systems No consistency across the school Success depended upon whether or not he was lucky enough to get a particular teacher
State Mandates…We faced: MCAS 1998 Failure ELA – 44 % (Sped – 78%) MATH – 75% (Sped – 98%) MCAS 1998 Advanced+Proficient ELA – 22% MATH – 7%
MCAS??? So you think its easy??? Remember, they MUST pass to graduate – NO exceptions!
Burial at Thebes from Sophocles Antigone Shakespearean Sonnet # 73 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (3 page excerpt) Making Humus by Composting by Liz Ball Proof (four page play excerpt by David Auburn) ELA MCAS SELECTIONS: (and remember, they are sophomores!)
15 In the formula, h and t are defined as follows: t = the time, in seconds, that has elapsed since the rocket was launched h = the height, in feet, of the rocket above the ground at time t Use the formula to answer the following questions. a.What was the height, in feet, of the rocket 1 second after it was launched? Show your work. b. What was the height, in feet, of the rocket 6 seconds after it was launched? Show your work. c. The value of h was 0 when the rocket hit the ground. How many seconds after the rocket was launched did it hit the ground? Show your work. d. How many seconds after the rocket was launched was the height of the rocket 160 feet? Show your work. SAMPLE MCAS MATH QUESTION: Jason launched a model rocket from the ground. The formula below can be used to determine the height of the rocket above the ground at any time during the rockets flight. h = 16t(7 – t)
For the red gene, the allele for the presence of red pigment (R) is dominant and the allele for the absence of red pigment (r) is recessive. Likewise, for the black gene, the allele for the presence of black pigment (B) is dominant and the allele for the absence of black pigment (b) is recessive. a. Draw the Punnett square for the cross of a snake that is homozygous dominant for the red color with a snake that is heterozygous for the red color. What percentage of the offspring is expected to have red pigment in their skin? b. Draw the Punnett square for the cross of two snakes that are heterozygous for the black color. What percentage of the offspring are expected to have black pigment in their skin? c. The parent snakes in part (b) that are heterozygous for black color are both homozygous recessive for the red gene. Each parent has genotype rr for the red gene. Based on this information, what percentage of their offspring are expected to lack both the red and black pigments in their skin? Explain your reasoning. SAMPLE MCAS BIOLOGY QUESTION: Corn snakes show variety in their skin color pattern. While the complete genetics of corn snake color are complex, the most common colors on normal corn snakesred and blackare each coded by one gene.
17 …you all get the same test. You must all climb that tree…
Can you believe this??? But even worse… We faced a flawed belief system: Students have a right to fail. Former BHS Principal
Success at Brockton High then ???
Thats where we were… Heres a preview of WHERE WE ARE NOW…
MCAS 1998 Advanced+Proficient ELA – 22 % MATH – 7 % MCAS 2011 Advanced+Proficient ELA – 78% MATH – 64 % MCAS 2011 Advanced+Proficient ELA – 78% MATH – 64 % THEN NOW Its even BETTER this year!!!
THEN NOW MCAS 1998 Failure ELA – 44% MATH – 75% MCAS 2011 Failure ELA – 4% MATH – 12% MCAS 2011 Failure ELA – 4% MATH – 12% YES, even BETTER this year!!!
Its cool and fun to be smart Honor Roll Statistics STUDENTS (4400 students) 19% STUDENTS ( (4200 students) 34%
Turnaround at Brockton High BROCKTON - Brockton High School has every excuse for failure, serving a city plagued by crime, poverty, housing foreclosures, and homelessness. Almost two-thirds of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and 14 percent are learning to speak English. More than two-thirds are African-American or Latino - groups that have lagged behind their peers across the state on standardized tests. But Brockton High, by far the states largest public high school with 4,200 students, has found a success in recent years that has eluded many of the states urban schools: MCAS scores are soaring, earning the school state recognition as a symbol of urban hope. Principal Susan Szachowicz, shown chatting at lunch with Yiriam Lopez, is in many ways the schools biggest cheerleader. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff) By James Vaznis Globe Staff / October 12, 2009James Vaznis Emphasis on literacy brings big MCAS improvement
Brockton and ICLE philosophy Rigor Relevance Relationships ALL students-and ALL means ALL!!! So, thats who we are… What did we do?
RIGOR and RELEVANCE Our Literacy Initiative reflects BOTH Literacy for ALL – NO exceptions!!! Schoolwide Literacy Skills (we all do it THIS way!) Schoolwide rubrics for assessment The content provides the CONTEXT for teaching the Literacy Skills The electives engage the students and provide the real life application
So, what did we do??? Our turnaround: 4 Steps 1. Empowered a Team 2. Focused on Literacy – Literacy for ALL, no exceptions 3. Implemented with fidelity and according to a plan 4. Monitored like crazy!
Restructuring Committee: our think tank Every department represented with a mix of teachers and administrators Balance of new teachers and veterans, new voices and voices of experience Ground rules Challenge for Change funding Step ONE: Empowering a Leadership Team
Restructuring Committee * Bring issues to the table *Analyze data *Present data to faculty *Get ideas and feedback from faculty *Plan and deliver PD Planning Session
Our first plan: Lets figure out the test The result of that: The Great Shakespearean Fiasco The Great Shakespearean Fiasco
I Lessons learned the hard way… Instead we asked ourselves other questions: That was a bust…
WHAT are we teaching? HOW are we teaching it? HOW do we know our students are learning it?
WHAT can we control, what cant we control? WHAT resources do we have that we can use more effectively? Is this the BEST we can be? Is this the BEST we can be?
I When we asked what should we be teaching??? A better approach: Our solution:LITERACY!!! And it helped us become one of the 100 Best!
1. Empowered a team 2. Focused on Literacy for ALL, NO exceptions 3. Implemented with fidelity and according to a plan 4. Monitored like crazy! Brockton Highs turnaround FOUR STEPS:
The WHAT: LITERACY for ALL: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Reasoning Step TWO: Focused on Literacy for ALL
40 How did we determine our focus? Literacy Skills Drafted:
ENGAGING THE FACULTY: Interdisciplinary discussion groups on the drafts using 3 guiding questions: 1. In each of the four areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Reasoning, have we included what is required for students to be successful in your class/your content area? (What did we miss???) 2. Is the skill stated clearly so that all teachers and students can understand it? 3. Is the skill applicable to ALL content areas?
Lessons Learned the Hard Way Tip: Put all your negative folks together in a group so they dont spread their toxic fumes. Lessons Learned the Hard Way Tip: Put all your negative folks together in a group so they dont spread their toxic fumes.
Cooperating School Districts Foldable Your Turn 2: Your Turn 3:??? Your Turn 1: Literacy Your Conference Activities
On your foldable, take one minute to note: If you could select ONE Literacy goal for your school that EVERY teacher would implement, what would that be? Literacy??? YOUR TURN 1: Literacy???
We had cool looking charts on the walls… SO WHAT… The KEY to our implementation is HOW we trained teachers to teach these Literacy skills to our students. So now what…
The single most influential component of an effective school is the individual teachers within the school. Robert Marzano …the single greatest determinant of learning is not socioeconomic factors or funding levels. It is instruction. Results Now by Mike Schmoker Its All About Instruction
Its about teaching, stupid… Mike Schmoker, Results Now Teaching
Faculty Meetings became Literacy Workshops KEY = Adult Learning Step THREE: Implemented with fidelity and a plan
We started with writing! Writing is thinking thinking FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS
Dont think for a moment that everyone was happy… BUT, if we waited for buy-in, wed still be waiting. SO, what did we do?? Meet Sharon and Penny BUT….
1. Empowered a team 2. Focused on Literacy – Literacy for ALL, NO exceptions 3. Implemented with fidelity and according to a plan 4. Monitored like crazy! Brockton Highs turnaround FOUR STEPS:
1. Targets the Literacy Skill 2. Smaller subgroup drafts training script, brings draft to the full committee, revisions made 3. Roll out to faculty – step one: Interdisciplinary group training 4. Follow up in depts – how to implement in content area Restructuring Committee process:
Our First Training: Open Response OPEN RESPONSE STEPS TO FOLLOW 1. READ QUESTION CAREFULLY. 2. CIRCLE OR UNDERLINE KEY WORDS. 3. RESTATE QUESTION AS THESIS (LEAVE BLANKS) 4. READ PASSAGE CAREFULLY. 5. TAKE NOTES THAT RESPOND TO THE QUESTION. BRAINSTORM & MAP OUT YOUR ANSWER. 6. COMPLETE YOUR THESIS. 7. WRITE YOUR RESPONSE CAREFULLY, USING YOUR MAP AS A GUIDE. 8. STATEGICALLY REPEAT KEY WORDS FROM THESIS IN YOUR BODY AND IN YOUR END SENTENCE. 9. PARAGRAPH YOUR RESPONSE. 10. REREAD AND EDIT YOUR RESPONSE.
How do we know the students are learning it?
Follow up the Interdisciplinary Training. Next step – HOW to bring this into the classroom Lessons developed Implemented according to a calendar So then what…
We didnt leave it to chance. The implementation was according to a specific timeline… Step THREE: Implemented with fidelity and a plan
61 As a follow up to this activity, I am requiring Department Heads to collect from each teacher at least one student sample from each of the teachers classes. The student samples should include: Student Name Teacher Name Date Course Name and Level Period A copy of the reading selection and question Evidence of the students active reading All pre-writing work that the student has done, e.g. webs A copy of the written open response The new scoring rubric and completed assessment After you have collected the samples from each teacher and have had the opportunity to review them for quality and completeness, please send them to me in a department folder with a checklist of your teachers. Again, please be sure that your teachers clearly label their student samples. The Open Response calendar of implementation is as follows: Nov 2-6: Social Science, Social Sci Biling. Nov 30-Dec 4: Wellness, JROTC Dec 14-18: Science, Science Bilingual Jan 11-15: Business, Tech, & Career Ed. Jan 25-29: Math, Math Bilingual Feb 22-26: Foreign Lang, Special Ed Mar. 7-11: English, ESL, Guidance Mar Family &Cons. Sci, ProjGrads Apr 5-9: Music, Art
How did we incorporate these Literacy Skills in every discipline? Emily Dickinson is a poet who often wrote about her own emotional struggles. In two poems Heart, We Will Forget Him and Knows How to Forget she writes about how difficult it is to forget. Please read the two poems and the brief biography and answer the following three questions: 1.What were some of experiences in her life that influenced her writing? 2.What do the two poems have in common? 3.How are the two poems different? Please use one quote from the poems or biography in each paragraph.
Even the Guidance Department implements the Active Reading Strategies. Topic: Post-Secondary Plans ALL means ALL!!!
1. Empowered a team 2. Focused on Literacy – Literacy for ALL, NO exceptions 3. Implemented with fidelity and according to a plan 4. Monitored like crazy! (what gets monitored is what gets done!) Brockton Highs turnaround FOUR STEPS:
How do we know the students are learning it?
Changes in ELA Results Year One of School Wide Open Response
Changes in Math Results Year One of School Wide Open Response
What Gets Monitored Is What Gets Done! Faculty: Assessment based on rubrics Department Heads: Collect, assess, dialogue, and assist teacher Associate Principal: Collect, assess, dialogue, make necessary adjustments Listen to Prof. Ron Ferguson, Director, Achievement Gap Institute, Harvard Step FOUR: Monitored like crazy!!!
Reading Workshop on TOVANIS I Read It But I Dont Get It and Do I Really Have to Teach Reading? The key: Teaching everyone HOW
Literacy Training: Speaking Skills Jan. 9, 2007 Agenda: The teacher will Individually complete the warm up sheet on obstacles Have small group/pair discussions in inner/outer circle on obstacles and ways to overcome these obstacles Create a chart in small groups to reach consensus Discuss the rubric for oral presentations in whole group discussion
Objectives for this Literacy Workshop: I. You will be able to set up and implement class discussions that lead to all students participating and learning. Three methods to be discussed today: 1. 4-corners 2. inner-outer circle 3. full class discussion II. You will be able to use a rubric for an oral presentation that includes expectations and points awarded for the student speaker including speaking skills and content.
Speaking SkillsWarm Up Questions: 1.What difficulties have you experienced or what do you anticipate the difficulties are in arranging a successful oral presentation by an individual student or small groups of students? 2.What difficulties have you experienced or what do you anticipate the difficulties are in arranging a successful whole class discussion 3. What activities or techniques could you use in order to prevent these difficulties from arising and get the best learning experience/behavior possible out of class discussions or individual student presentations?
LITERACY: DEVELOPING SPEAKING SKILLS FOUR CORNERS ACTIVITY (10-15 min.) Questions: What do you see as obstacles to conducting class discussions? Directions: After students have individually written their response to the question, divide group into 4 groups of 5. Give each group a large sheet of paper and marker to record their findings. Choose a recorder and a spokesperson. Give groups 10 minutes to generate their answers. Have everyone return to their seats, post 4 sheets on the board and ask each spokesperson to present his/her groups finding. Others have the responsibility of taking notes.
INNER CIRCLE/OUTER CIRCLE ACTIVITY (15-20min.) Questions to discuss: A. How do you deal with the issue of the shy/reluctant speaker in your class? B. What are students in the audience being asked to do during individual or group presentations to the class?
Directions: After students have done their written responses, place half of them in the inner circle and the remaining half in a circle surrounding them. Have the inner circle people speak for 5 minutes on Question A. Have outer circle people jot notes, comments, questions, and open up discussion to include outer circle for 2 more minutes. (Note: The ideal number for the inner circle is 4-5 students; for our purposes today, we may increase that number.) Have outer circle exchange seats with inner circle people in order for them to speak for 5 minutes on Question B. Outer circle people jot notes, comments, questions, and, after 5 minutes, may be included in the discussion for 2 more minutes.
FULL CLASS DISCUSSION (10-15min.) Questions: What criteria do you use for grading class discussions? Now that participants have gone through the two activities, ask them to consider answering this question more specifically, in the following way: What criteria would you use for grading: A. The Four Corners Activity B. The Inner Circle/Outer Circle Activity C.Full Class Discussion
Directions: After participants have done their written responses to the question, then they may participate in full class discussion. Configure the room so that participants are facing each other. Set guidelines: Raise hands, Speak in complete sentences; try to respond to the previous speaker in some way (:I agree, I disagree, I would like to add). Note: In all speaking activities, it is helpful for the teacher to have a class list available for grading purposes. NOTE TO PRESENTERS watch the time – you want to be sure to have about fifteen minutes left to present the Oral Presentation rubric
Oral Presentation Rubric
Key = Adult Learning – Teachers teaching teachers = SUCCESS! Literacy Training for the faculty
Agenda Opener – Think and Pair. Reading Visuals presentation Practice using Reading Visuals 5 step process Discussion and feedback Closer – Think, Plan, Share 89
What We Know There are several types of visuals used in all classes and on both the science and math MCAS exams. Students often attempt to answer the questions without fully understanding the content of the visual. 90
Reading Visuals The process of reading a visual begins with understanding and analyzing the given information BEFORE attempting to answer the questions or solve a problem. 91
Reading Visuals Introductory Information Title Key or Legend Labels and parenthetical information Correlations 92
5 Steps for Reading Visuals 1.Identify the type of visual 2.Determine the topic of the visual 3.Examine the given information from the visual (including all introductory text) 4.Develop predictions, deductions, inferences or conclusions about the visual 5.Analyze the questions and determine the information needed from the visual 93
5 Steps for Reading Visuals Practice Steps 1-4 using the math data below. 94
Your Turn 5 Steps for Reading Visuals 1.Identify the type of visual 2.Determine the topic of the visual 3.Examine the given information from the visual (including all introductory text) 4.Develop predictions, deductions, inferences or conclusions about the visual 5.Analyze the questions and determine the information needed from the visual 95
Looking Ahead The May 5 th faculty meeting will be in department and will focus on using the Reading Visuals Steps with content specific graphs, tables and diagrams Over the next few weeks we will all use visuals in classes to help students develop stronger reading and reasoning skills Our goal is to improve student achievement across the board and see gains in the science and math MCAS exam scores 97
Closer Think – Plan – Share Identify a visual or type of visual you will use to teach students the Reading Visuals Steps. Describe how the steps for reading visuals will help your students improve their reading and reasoning skills. Think – Plan – Share Identify a visual or type of visual you will use to teach students the Reading Visuals Steps. Describe how the steps for reading visuals will help your students improve their reading and reasoning skills. 98
We have the power to improve student achievement! Thank you 99
How did we incorporate these Literacy Skills in every discipline? The Reasoning Skills Chart develops the higher level math skills. Two examples of a Reading Visuals lesson from a Wellness class Topic: Bullying
Our Professional Development Formats Large Interdisciplinary Groups – Literacy training that is often our first step to introduce an instructional method to all faculty Departmental Meetings – follow up to literacy training with a content specific focus Small Interdisciplinary Groups – In depth discussions about a targeted issue World Café – More informal, allows topics to be introduced without going into great detail – builds collegiality Faculty Expo – PD activity like a mini conference; teachers presenting to colleagues
Coming in this afternoons session: Structured Discussion Groups World Café Faculty Expo MORE, MORE, MORE
Sometimes we work on Instructional Strategies: Literacy Training on Activators and Summarizers… Another example:
QUICK WRITE: Think back to Lins presentation. Write about something she shared that really struck you, that has stayed with you, and has informed your teaching. 106 Thursday, February 17, 2011 OPENER
Like the Foldables and the Quick Writes that we implemented after Lins last visit, we wanted to follow up with two powerful, high payoff strategies that are easy to implement and build off what we already do. 1.The power of Openers / Activators 2.The power of Closers / Summarizers 3.Suggested questions for increasing the rigor of Openers and Closers 4.Next Steps??? 107 Effective Openers and Closers AGENDA
RELEVANCE MAKES RIGOR POSSIBLE and MEMORY STICKIER We only remember what we care about, connect to or can relate to in some way!
What the research says: Lin Kuzmich worked with Pasadena, Texas. By just implementing relevant openers (activators) and rigorous closers (summarizers) school scores on their state assessment improved dramatically (see next slide) 109 Effective Openers and Closers
Pasadena HS, TX Points Inc % Inc 9 Rdg % 10 ELA % 11 ELA % 9 Math % 10 Math % 11 Math % 10 Sci % 11 Sci % 10 SS % 11 SS %
Openers/Closers a.k.a. Activators/Summarizers We already do this – how can we do it better to get a bigger bang for the buck? 111
Openers/Activators The Opener activates students thinking and pulls them into the lesson. It must be RELEVANT to the lesson. Remember, students can do no better than the assignment they are given… Make your opener a QUADRANT D exercise- Get the students thinking AND working. 112
113 Evaluation 6 C Student Thinks D Student Thinks and Works Synthesis 5 Analysis 4 Application 3 A Teacher Works B Student Works Comprehension 2 Knowledge/ 1 Awareness Rigor 1 Knowledge in one discipline 2 Apply knowledge in one discipline 3 Apply knowledge across disciplines 4 Apply knowledge to real-world predictable situations 5 Apply knowledge to real-world unpredictable situationsRelevance From: the International Center for Leadership in Education Rigor and Relevance Framework TM
Example of a Quadrant D Opener Here are the objectives we learned this past six weeks. Are you an expert mathematician with any of these objectives? With your Math Lab Partner please share the tips and strategies you developed to become an expert. How will you help others in our class during the next six weeks, please write a goal. –Mannys Teacher, Mr. R. Kuzmich,
The CLOSER: RIGOR MAKES THE FUTURE POSSIBLE End Every Lesson Everyday at Analysis, Synthesis or Evaluation to Increase Memory and Learning. The Brain Learns Best This Way! Kuzmich,
Focus on a rigorous Closing Add Rigor and Relevance to closings that last even a few minutes, to make learning more memorable. Kuzmich,
Closers/Summarizers The Closer should be focused on what you want the student to retain from the lesson. What is the final thought you want them to remember??? The Closer must be RIGOROUS!!! 5 minutes is all it takes! 117
Suggestions on Closers Use an exit ticket, an entry in a journal, a summary in your notes, a comment at the bottom of your homework or a tip at the top. Think-Pair-Share is a great closer. A RIGOROUS finishing question on your graphic organizer can be powerful! 118 Kuzmich, 2009
More on Closers Try prompts that encourage students to compare learning to something they know about, a connection to their lives, a comparison to previous learning or between two things learned today, more cause and effect thinking, more justification of answers, error analysis and fixing, making up own problem or question and trading with another student. 119 Kuzmich, 2009
More on Closers Summarize, analyze and justify should be the three favorite closings! 120 Kuzmich, 2009
PLAN for your Closers TIMING is everything! Be sure to PLAN for your Closer. If you have to cut from your lesson, cut from the middle, do NOT sacrifice the CLOSER. That is where you get the biggest bang for the buck! 121
These next five slides provide some questions that prompt students thinking and increase the rigor in your Openers and Closers. 122 Sample questions thanks to Lin
Do you know anything about…? How does it compare to…? Describe…using your sensory words and your new content words. Explain what is meant by…How does that compare to what you or others believe/see/explain? What is an example of…? Kuzmich 2009
What is the pattern? Why? Compare and Contrast… How is this the same or different? What is the cause or effect? Sort these into categories and label the categories. What attributes impact these functions? What is the most important idea and why? Summarize… From what point of view will you summarize… Kuzmich 2010 rev
Give me another example of…, but this time… Defend your answer Justify your conclusion What are the pros and cons? What if…? What is the relationship of…to…? Is this fair or right? Is this right or wrong and why? What is the importance, impact, or value of…? Kuzmich 2009
Can you design a...to...? Why not compose a song or write an original piece about...? Can you see a possible solution to...? If you had access to all resources how would you deal with...? Why don't you devise your own way to deal with...? What would happen if...? How many ways can you...? 126Kuzmich, 2010 Check for Understanding: Evaluation and Creativity
Can you create new and unusual uses for...? Can you write a new…for…? Can you develop a proposal which would...? What if…? Add a real or imagined scenario Change a variable Design… Solve this issue or situation… 127 Kuzmich, 2010
REMEMBER: Students can do no better than – the assignment they are given… – the assessment they are given… – the tools and strategies they are taught to use… – the questions they are asked and the questions they themselves ask… – the feedback they are given… – what they spend time doing and the models they receive… From: Educational Trust, Expectations and Student Success
Openers and Closers are essential to students learning. Openers should be relevant, link to the lesson, and activate student thinking. Do NOT sacrifice the Closer – brain research says that the last thing you do is what they remember. Just by using rigorous and relevant Openers and Closers, student achievement increases. 129 RECAP
THINK – PAIR – SHARE: THINK: After reviewing the questions on the handout and the discussion during todays meeting, develop a Closer for your lesson tomorrow. PAIR: Pair up with a colleague SHARE: Share your Closers THEN DO IT! 130 CLOSER
Cooperating School Districts Foldable Your Turn 2: Literacy Training Your Turn 3:??? Your Turn 1: Literacy Your Conference Activities
On your foldable, take one minute to note: If you could select ONE topic that you would like your entire faculty to be trained in teaching, what would that be? Literacy Workshops: YOUR TURN 2: Literacy Workshops:
A frequently asked question: How can we replicate this in our school? The answer: See what Ron Rix, Principal of South Middle School, Westfield, Massachusetts did in his school
Enrollment 600 Free/Reduced Lunch 50% SPED 21% LEP 8% First Language Other than English 20% Hispanic 17% White 79% A Gap Closer School What we look like
That hit on Rigor and Relevance, but what about the third R – Relationships? Relationships
More on that in this afternoons session… POWERFUL MAJOR The 3 Rs put into action gave us POWERFUL learning, and MAJOR culture change! Relationships
Honor Roll Assemblies – Celebrate and Laugh!
144 Class of 2012 – 90% heading to college! College for ALL: Changing students beliefs:
Amarr: Its not us against them. Terrence: No one here would let me fail. I know, because I tried to. The REAL results
Cooperating School Districts Foldable Your Turn 2: Literacy Training Your Turn 3: Challenges/ Strengths ??? Your Turn 1: Literacy Your Conference Activities
On your foldable, take one minute to note: What do you see as the greatest obstacle to implementing change in your school? What do you see as the greatest strength you have in your school to help move the agenda forward? Challenges/Strengths? YOUR TURN 3: Challenges/Strengths?
RECAP: Our 4 Steps 1. Empowering a team 2. Focusing on literacy: Literacy for ALL – NO exceptions 3. Implementing with fidelity and according to a plan 4. Monitoring, monitoring, monitoring The Result = Changing the Culture When all 3 Rs come together
Pedro Noguera You dont have to change the student population to get results, you have to change the conditions under which they learn.
DOES IT WORK??? Listen to what the students think of our Literacy Initiative… meet Fabieny DePina on PBS Need to Know Its ALL about literacy
Remember Success at Brockton High then??? Students have the right to fail Former BHS Principal We took THAT right away!!!
MCAS 2011 Failure ELA – 4% (in %) MATH – 12% (in 98 – 75%) MCAS 2011 Adv/Prof. ELA – 78% (in %) MATH – 64% (in 98 – 7%) MCAS 2011 Adv/Prof. ELA – 78% (in %) MATH – 64% (in 98 – 7%) Success at Brockton High now
TEACHER LEADERSHIP Some Schools Stand Out Comparisons of Complacent HS and Brockton HS Ronald F. Ferguson, PhD Tripod Project for School Improvement (www.tripodproject.org) andwww.tripodproject.org Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University (www.agi.harvard.edu)www.agi.harvard.edu
The main lesson was that student achievement rose when leadership teams focused thoughtfully and relentlessly on improving the quality of instruction. - Prof. Ron Ferguson, AGI Conference Report The Achievement Gap Initiative At Harvard University Toward Excellence with Equity Conference Report by Ronald F. Ferguson, Faculty Director
Proportions of students scoring in each decile of the MCAS 8 th grade ELA distribution
MCAS ELA gains 8 th to 10 th grade, compared to others from the same 8 th grade decile (School rank percentile/100)
As student achievement increased, the culture started to change – we ALL insisted on the same standards Your kids look like our kids, but they sure dont act like our kids. Theres no one in the halls… Szach: They are in class… Follow up question: How do you get them to go? The kids are PROUD – BOXER PRIDE!
Its not just about the numbers!!!
JOHN & ABIGAIL ADAMS BHS SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 33% of the class!
ICLE Model School 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 NASSP/CSSR Secondary School Showcase 2011, 2010 AIM Gould Award 2012 (Mass. businesses) U.S. Department of Education National High School Summit Harvard Achievement Gap Initiative 2011, 2009 National School Change Award – 2006 Massachusetts Compass School AWARDS, AWARDS, AWARDS, AWARDS!!!
Brockton High School Brockton School District Plymouth County 470 Forest Avenue Brockton, Massachusetts (508) , 2010, 2012 AWARDS, AWARDS, AWARDS, AWARDS!!!
GO Boxers!!! September 28, 2010 Boxers in the NEW YORK TIMES High Expectations NO Excuses!!!
Heres what we know Making change takes tenacity, not brilliance! (If we can do it, ANYONE can!) Just listen to Nephi and Tatiana on CBS Evening News
Contact Information Sharon Wolder Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction Brockton High School 470 Forest Ave Brockton, MA bpsma.org