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1 A Perspective on School Success Ron Larson Elementary School Mat-Su School District 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

2 Ron L. Larson Elementary School …Were from Ron L. Larson and were reaching for the stars…

3 Ron L. Larson Elementary School Eagles Achieving Excellence Educating The Whole Child

4 Mat-Su Borough School District Developing citizens for a global society… by inspiring students… to think, learn,achieve, and care.

5 Achieving Excellence … Our School Vision The future is ours to achieve excellence. Larson is community of responsible, productive individuals who inspire, motivate, and support each other. We strive to excel in life-long learning while fostering relationships between our families, our school, our community and our world.

6 Achieving Excellence … Our School Mission To transfer our vision into accountable practice To transfer our vision into accountable practice To be a center of pride and accomplishments To be a center of pride and accomplishments To provide a success-oriented learning environment To provide a success-oriented learning environment To take risks… to not be afraid to fail To take risks… to not be afraid to fail To encourage innovation To encourage innovation To steward each other and our community To steward each other and our community To constantly strive for instructional improvement To constantly strive for instructional improvement To hold ourselves accountable To hold ourselves accountable We are as good as our collective achievement. What is your goal… to partner in achieving our mission? What is your goal… to partner in achieving our mission?

7 Achieving Excellence Building on Successes Building on Successes Teaching the whole child Teaching the whole child Differentiating the curriculum Differentiating the curriculum Integrating research supported best practices Integrating research supported best practices Using data to inform decision making Using data to inform decision making Consistently meeting No Child Left Behind Annual Yearly Progress : 2003-2009 Consistently meeting No Child Left Behind Annual Yearly Progress : 2003-2009 Named 2009 National Blue Ribbon School Named 2009 National Blue Ribbon School

8 Achieving Excellence Accepting New Challenges Accepting New Challenges Imagine It! & Reading Street programs: year 1 Imagine It! & Reading Street programs: year 1 AIMSweb: year 1 AIMSweb: year 1 RTI: year 2 RTI: year 2 MAP: year 3 MAP: year 3 Math Expressions: year 2 Math Expressions: year 2 FOSS Science: year 3 FOSS Science: year 3 Olweus Anti-Bullying Program: year 2 Olweus Anti-Bullying Program: year 2 Embracing technology: Promethean boards Embracing technology: Promethean boards TAG Schoolwide enrichment TAG Schoolwide enrichment ABA program expansion ABA program expansion

9 Achieving Excellence Staff as Leaders Teachers with advanced degrees Teachers with advanced degrees Primary Report Card Task Force Primary Report Card Task Force Intermediate Report Card Task Force Intermediate Report Card Task Force Math Program Adoption Team Math Program Adoption Team Curriculum Council Curriculum Council Literacy curriculum review & program adoption Literacy curriculum review & program adoption Administration Intern Program Administration Intern Program Mentoring student interns (UAA, UAF, APU) Mentoring student interns (UAA, UAF, APU) AK Statewide Mentor Program: teachers & administrator AK Statewide Mentor Program: teachers & administrator District extra curricular event coordination District extra curricular event coordination

10 Achieving Excellence … Academic Activities Band Band Choir / Performing Club Choir / Performing Club Guitar / Mallet Swingers Guitar / Mallet Swingers Battle of the Books Battle of the Books Word Power Word Power Geography Bee Geography Bee TAG Schoolwide Enrichment TAG Schoolwide Enrichment Yearbook Yearbook Mileage Club Mileage Club Read-A-Thon Read-A-Thon Math Olympics Math Olympics

11 Achieving Excellence … Extra-Curricular Activities Cross Country Running Cross Country Running Girls Basketball Girls Basketball Boys Basketball Boys Basketball Native Youth Olympics Native Youth Olympics Volleyball Volleyball Track & Field Track & Field Scouting Scouting

12 Achieving Excellence … Community Outreach Family Information Connections Cookie Social / Parent Night Cookie Social / Parent Night Fall Open House Fall Open House Parent Conferences / Student Led Conferences Parent Conferences / Student Led Conferences Home & School Connections: Parenting Tips Home & School Connections: Parenting Tips Newsletters (School / Classroom) Newsletters (School / Classroom) Larson Web Pages Larson Web Pages Student Success Assemblies Student Success Assemblies iParent iParent

13 Achieving Excellence … Community Outreach Family Special Events Walk-to-School Day Walk-to-School Day Health Fair Health Fair Family Movie Nights / Dance Nights Family Movie Nights / Dance Nights Carnival / Halloween Boogie Night Carnival / Halloween Boogie Night Talent Show Talent Show Literacy Nights & Read Across America Literacy Nights & Read Across America Math Olympics / Iditamath / Math Games Night Math Olympics / Iditamath / Math Games Night Morning Magic Morning Magic Muffins with Moms Muffins with Moms Donuts with Dads Donuts with Dads Mad Science Mad Science

14 Achieving Excellence... Community Outreach PTA: Theres a Place for Families! PTA: Theres a Place for Families! Playground equipment Playground equipment Information sign Information sign Classroom supplies Classroom supplies Special events (Movie Night; Literacy Night) Special events (Movie Night; Literacy Night) Community advocacy Community advocacy Teacher appreciation Teacher appreciation Fund raisers: QSP Fund raisers: QSP New Ideas: Family Bingo Night New Ideas: Family Bingo Night

15 Larson Practices Decision making based upon Decision making based upon U.S. & Alaska law U.S. & Alaska law Mat-Su School Board direction / MSBSD direction Mat-Su School Board direction / MSBSD direction Data Data Teacher observations & anecdotal records Teacher observations & anecdotal records Curriculum / Imbedded assessments Curriculum / Imbedded assessments Larson / District: AIMSweb & MAP Larson / District: AIMSweb & MAP State / SBAs (Standards Based Assessments) State / SBAs (Standards Based Assessments) National / Terra Nova & NAEP (National Assessment of Elementary Progress) National / Terra Nova & NAEP (National Assessment of Elementary Progress) Practice based upon empirical research (Marzano, Schmoker, DuFour, Collins, Fielding & Fanchers the Green Book) Practice based upon empirical research (Marzano, Schmoker, DuFour, Collins, Fielding & Fanchers the Green Book) CORE: Consortium on Reading Excellence CORE: Consortium on Reading Excellence RTI (Response to Intervention) for academics & behavior RTI (Response to Intervention) for academics & behavior Shared leadership Shared leadership Professional Learning Communities Professional Learning Communities

16 Larson Practices Teaching Based Upon Teaching Based Upon School and personal goals School and personal goals Student goals Student goals Guaranteed and viable curriculum Guaranteed and viable curriculum Curriculum maps & ePlanner (coord. w/ district calendar) Curriculum maps & ePlanner (coord. w/ district calendar) Focus on the core Focus on the core Data informed decisions Data informed decisions Research based best practices Research based best practices Team collaboration, coaching, & mentoring Team collaboration, coaching, & mentoring Whole community involvement Whole community involvement

17 Larson Practices Programs Programs Literacy: Imagine It & Reading Street: routines, pacing, fidelity Literacy: Imagine It & Reading Street: routines, pacing, fidelity Math: Math Expressions Math: Math Expressions Science: FOSS Science: FOSS Social Studies & Science imbedded in literacy programs Social Studies & Science imbedded in literacy programs Handwriting: K-2 ball & stick; 3-5 DNealian cursive Handwriting: K-2 ball & stick; 3-5 DNealian cursive Assessments Assessments Aims Web (replacing DIBELS)/ Kg-5 th w/ progress monitoring Aims Web (replacing DIBELS)/ Kg-5 th w/ progress monitoring MAP: Measures of Academic Progress / Kg-5 th 3 times/year MAP: Measures of Academic Progress / Kg-5 th 3 times/year Terra Nova / 5 th Terra Nova / 5 th NAEP / 4 th NAEP / 4 th Alaska Standards Based Assessments (SBAs) / 3 rd -5th Alaska Standards Based Assessments (SBAs) / 3 rd -5th

18 Larson Practices Instructional Support Instructional Support Common planning at grade level Common planning at grade level Principal walk-throughs Principal walk-throughs RTI: Response to Intervention / Academics & behavior RTI: Response to Intervention / Academics & behavior Special education and general education working in tandem Special education and general education working in tandem Consistent practice district-wide; legal strength Consistent practice district-wide; legal strength Non-discrepancy model 2010-2011 goal Non-discrepancy model 2010-2011 goal Coaching / Data Dialog days Coaching / Data Dialog days Curriculum maps for literacy & math Curriculum maps for literacy & math CALs: Content Area Liaisons CALs: Content Area Liaisons Collaborative professional development Collaborative professional development

19 Larson Student Expectations Citizenship Citizenship Olweus bullying prevention Olweus bullying prevention Stop & Think Stop & Think Eagle Feathers Eagle Feathers Student Success Assemblies Student Success Assemblies Academics Academics Student goals based upon data (MAP & AIMSweb scores) Student goals based upon data (MAP & AIMSweb scores) High expectations: Academic & Behavior High expectations: Academic & Behavior Personal Responsibility Personal Responsibility

20 2009 Blue Ribbon School Nominated in 2006 Nominated in 2006 Maintained AYP for 3 years Maintained AYP for 3 years Applied / Adjudicated Applied / Adjudicated Received Award 10/2009 Received Award 10/2009 Attended National Conference Attended National Conference

21 Larson Leadership Panel Annie Bill, Principal Annie Bill, Principal Wendy Stout, Librarian Wendy Stout, Librarian Beckie Murphy, Teacher Beckie Murphy, Teacher Deb Currier, Teacher Deb Currier, Teacher

22 Achieving Excellence Principals Perspective Accepting challenges / Maintaining a district connection Accepting challenges / Maintaining a district connection Building a success-oriented learning environment Building a success-oriented learning environment Creating community stewardship Creating community stewardship Implementing student assessments and data analysis practices Implementing student assessments and data analysis practices Setting academic and behavior goals Setting academic and behavior goals Sharing leadership / Providing clear expectations Sharing leadership / Providing clear expectations Always having a positive attitude Always having a positive attitude Fostering teacher leaders Fostering teacher leaders Having a willingness to take risks Having a willingness to take risks Embracing a constant personal assessment Embracing a constant personal assessment Striving for continuous improvement Striving for continuous improvement

23 Achieving Excellence Panel Questions: Teachers Perspectives As an administrative intern master teacher (management magician), Beckie, how do you view Larson as a school of excellence; what role do teaching teams play? As an administrative intern master teacher (management magician), Beckie, how do you view Larson as a school of excellence; what role do teaching teams play? As a master-teacher librarian/specialist (information goddess), Wendy, how to you view Larson as a school of excellence; and what role do specialist play? As a master-teacher librarian/specialist (information goddess), Wendy, how to you view Larson as a school of excellence; and what role do specialist play? As a new-to-Larson master teacher (kid whisperer), Deb, how do you view Larson as a school of excellence; and what role does SPED play? As a new-to-Larson master teacher (kid whisperer), Deb, how do you view Larson as a school of excellence; and what role does SPED play?

24 Panel Questions The REAL WORLD….What challenges do we still face? The REAL WORLD….What challenges do we still face? What is our myth? Affluance…34% poverty level What is our myth? Affluance…34% poverty level What are our brutal facts? What are our brutal facts? Independent contractors Independent contractors Philosophical differences Philosophical differences Resistors; camoflauge supporters Resistors; camoflauge supporters Relationships / Team building challenges Relationships / Team building challenges Year 3 on a probable 10 year process Year 3 on a probable 10 year process Inspecting what we expect while continually implementing new processes Inspecting what we expect while continually implementing new processes

25 Alaska Schools of Excellence Look in the mirror! Look in the mirror! What makes your school a school of excellence? What makes your school a school of excellence? Where are you most successful? Why? Where are you most successful? Why? What challenges have you accepted? What challenges have you accepted? Toward what goals are you working? Toward what goals are you working? Who are your teacher leaders? Who are your teacher leaders? How do you share leadership? How do you share leadership? Share with us your excellence story! Share with us your excellence story!


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