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1 Parent Information Meeting “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” Maria Montessori
2 Agenda What it means that Denison is Title I this year How did Denison do on the School Performance FrameworkHow Denison is providing an authentic Montessori experience within Denver Public SchoolsDenison Received a Time Collaborative Grant
4 We are Title I because…Our school has a high number of students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Price Lunch.We receive additional federal money to help increase student achievement in our school.Unified Improvement Plans (UIP) were written to clearly define how Title I money will be spent. You are welcome to attend a CSC (Collaborative School Committee) meeting or come to the office to see the UIP.CSC Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:00pm.
5 We are Title I because…All educational funds in our schools, including Title I, support a standards based education.1% of the district’s Title I budget will be distributed to schools for parent involvement. You have the right to have input as to how this money is spent. You can learn more by contacting your CSC parent representative or attending a CSC meeting.
6 Highly Qualified Teachers You have the right to know the qualifications of the teachers in your school.You will receive a letter of notification in the Fall if your child is being taught by a teacher who does not meet the federal requirements.All of Denison’s teachers are Montessori trained (or in training) for the level they are teachingAll of Denison’s teachers are highly qualified (or in the process) through No Child Left BehindAll of Denison’s teachers are certified (or in the process) teachers in ColoradoAll of Denison’s teachers are either ELA-E or ELA-S endorsed (or in the process)
7 What is the State School Performance Framework (SPF)? The framework used, by the state, to provide information to stakeholders about each school’s performance based on the four key performance indicators:student academic growthstudent achievementachievement and growth gapsand postsecondary/workforce readiness.Schools are assigned to a type of improvement plan based on their performance across all of the indicator areas.
8 Title I ChoiceAll 1st-12th grade students in our school are eligible for Title I Choice- this gives them the option to attend a higher performing school (as determined by the School Performance Framework) with transportation provided.A letter will be mailed to your home by January explaining your school choice options.
11 Purpose of SPFThe School Performance Framework (SPF) is a comprehensive system to help schools focus on strengths and areas for targeted improvement. It takes into account a wide range of factors to give ratings on how well each school supports student growth and achievement and how well each school serves its students and families.
12 What is the SPF?DPS launched the SPF in 2008 to help ensure that all of our schools are places of academic excellence.The SPF is an important tool in measuring our progress toward achieving our district vision – EVERY CHILD SUCCEEDS.
13 DPS Shared Core Values The SPF helps us: Put Students First Promotes AccountabilityEnsures Equity
14 What Does the SPF Measure? ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT The levels of student achievement in a school are measured in many different ways. A few key areas that are measured include:Growth. How much improvement did students at the school make over the course of the year?Status. Are students at the school achieving proficiency in the content areas tested? What percentage of students are at or above grade level?Achievement Gaps. Are there differences in the level of achievement of groups of students of different races, ethnicities, native languages or socio-economic statuses?
15 What Does the SPF Measure? Student GrowthGrowth in Reading, Writing, Math on TCAPGrowth in Reading for young children, grades k-2Growth in English Language proficiency for English Learners on WiDA ACCESSGrowth on Graduation ratesGrowth on ACT and College Readiness measures
16 What Does the SPF Measure? StatusStatus in Reading, Writing, Math on TCAPStatus in Reading for young children, grades k-2Status in English Language proficiency for English Learners on WiDA ACCESSStatus on Graduation ratesStatus on ACT and College Readiness measures
17 What Does the SPF Measure? Achievement GapsGaps in Reading, Writing, Math on TCAPGaps in Reading for young children in grades k-2
18 What Does the SPF Measure? College and Career ReadinessEnrollment and performance in Advanced Placement, IB and Concurrent Enrollment (college level) classesACT Test Scores, both growth and statusOn-Track to Graduate (Credits earned on time)
19 What Does the SPF Measure? Parent Satisfaction and Student EngagementParent Satisfaction SurveysStudent Satisfaction SurveysParent Response RatesEnrollment RatesAttendance
20 What are SPF Ratings?Based on the percentage of overall points earned, schools receive one of five overall ratings.
21 What are SPF Ratings? Distinguished, 80-100% of possible points (Blue) Meets Expectations,51-79% (Green)Accredited on Watch, % (Yellow)Accredited on Priority Watch, 34-39% (Orange)Accredited on Probation, up to 33% (Red)
22 Our School’s RatingDenison Montessori School achieved a rating of Meets Expectations on the School Performance Framework (SPF), which means that our school Exceeds in Growth and Meets Expectations in StatusOur rating is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, support staff and families.
25 Looking AheadWhile we celebrate this tremendous success, our goal is to exceed district expectations and achieve high status and high growth for all students.In order to accelerate our progress and make sure that all of our students are successful, we will continue to work and strive for improvements. We will:Provide support to students and parents by using Montessori principles of Grace and Courtesy to create a sense of community within the schoolIncrease Teacher and Student awareness of minority cultures, beliefs and traditions through professional development and classroom instructionDenison will ensure the implementation of authentic Montessori math lessons to support student in their mathematical language development, ability to express their mathematical thinking (through written, oral, visual or material means) and apply their mathematical knowledge to real life applications.
26 Looking Ahead What do our results mean for our staff? Denison staff will receive professional development on:Montessori materials, extensions and parallel activitiesGrace and courtesyMinority culturesBias TrainingDenison staff will align Common Core State Standards, district guidelines and Montessori curriculum including a school-wide definition for mastery in these areasDenison staff will also be working on strengthening our Montessori implementation as well as ensuring that Montessori is aligned to Common Core State StandardsDenison staff will increase the field trip and going out experiences for elementary students
27 Looking Ahead Ways to get involved… Denison scored a 0 out of 3 points on attendance on the SPF. Please ensure that your students are at school every day and are at school on time.Attend CSC and/or FDM or PAC meetings to contribute your ideas on how we can increase community involvement at Denison.Participate in parent education and school community activities. Bring your friends who are reluctant to attend.
28 More InformationIf you would like more detailed information on the School Performance Framework or on our school’s SPF rating, pleas visitYou may also obtain a copy of our SPF scorecard on the website or you can pick one up in our front office.
30 Essential Elements of Successful Montessori School in the Public Sector This document was created in the late 1990s by several Montessori organizationsAmerican Montessori SocietyAssociation Montessori InternationaleNorth American Montessori Teachers’ AssociationMontessori Educational Programs InternationalSouthwestern Montessori Training CenterServes as a guiding document for Denison and the other Montessori Schools
31 Montessori Teachers Essential Elements Denison What do we need: Employ Montessori teachers who have Montessori credentials for the levels they teach.Maintain an active and open recruitment for Montessori credentialed teachers.Budget for future Montessori teacher education for non- Montessori credentialed teachersProvide professional Montessori in- service by experienced credentialed Montessori educatorsContract for on-going internal and periodic external Montessori consultation and/or professional support as a follow up for Montessori teacher educationEmploy one paraprofessional per classroom, each having received Montessori orientation for that role.What do we need:Time and Money for professional development for Montessori teachers.Money for paraprofessionals and orientation1 per lower elementary classroom in morning1 for every 2 upper elementary classrooms2 per primary classroom (licensing requirement)
32 Administration Essential Elements Denison What do we need: Employ an experienced Montessori teacher to serve as curriculum coordinatorEmploy a building principal/educational leader who has knowledge of Montessori principles and curriculum through Montessori coursework, Montessori Administrator Credential and/or annual conference exposure.Maintain commitment to the core Montessori curriculum and instruction even with changes in administrative staffSustain and support of the central administration through high profile communications about program developmentRecognize that the best implementation process is to begin with the age group and add one age at a time for a gradual progressionWhat do we need:DPS Montessori principal, administrative assistant and Teacher leaders are working in collaboration to inform DPS about Montessori best practices.
33 Recruitment/Parent Education Essential ElementsDenisonProvide Montessori parent education programs that promote understanding of Montessori principles and curriculumDevelop an admission process that informs parents about the nature of Montessori and seeks the necessary commitment to the programWhat do we need:Recreate our parent engagement program to best meet the needs of Denison’s parent community. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
34 Curriculum/ Environment Essential ElementsDenisonOffer a full complement of Montessori materials purchased from Montessori dealersDevelop a classroom design that is compatible with Montessori “prepared environment” principlesCreate uninterrupted daily work periods of 90 minutes to 3 hours, considering the 3-hour work cycle as idealIntegrate specialty programs (music, art, physical education etc.) around the uninterrupted work periods.Apply the appropriate multi-age groupings: 6-9, 9-12, 12-15, necessary for the diversity, flexibility and reduced competition integral to Montessori.What do we need:Money and fundraising for Material purchasing and upkeep.Prepared environments are the best they can be in our building. Need for nap room and computer lab.Time for uninterrupted daily work without. Currently 4 days a week uninterrupted AM and 4 days a week uninterrupted PM for Elementary. Primary has 5 uninterrupted AMs.
35 Assessment Essential Elements Denison Use a process of reporting student progress that is compatible with Montessori and includes parent conferences and authentic assessment tools such as observation, portfolio, performance assessment with rubric etc.Implement state mandated assessments in such a way that the character of the Montessori program is not compromised.What do we need:In a Montessori environment the teacher works in concert with the children to drive the curriculum. While we naturally follow a rich scope and sequence for teaching across the content areas, we are also constantly assessing to see: (1) if the content is resonating with each child, and how; (2) where each child’s own interests resides and how to support this self- discovery; and, (3) in what other ways content can be shared with children so that learners of all styles can find meaning in their work. Through the Formative Assessment and Scientific ObservationDenison also administers a number of district and state assessments in Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies.This year, concerned staff and parents have been working with the district so that we can better administer these tests in a way that supports our program. We will be working as principals and teacher leaders to submit a recommendation on the possibilities and options for common formative assessments and interims based on the Montessori model. The ARE department will also support this effort to gather additional information on Montessori programs, standards-based education, and assessments.
36 Professional Development Essential ElementsDenisonBudget for continuing education through Montessori workshops and conferencesMaintain membership with one or more of the professional Montessori organizations and seek Montessori accreditation to assure consistent quality.What do we need:Time & Money
38 Time Collaborative Grant Denison has received a $10,000 grant towards planning on how to better use our time. Launched in 2012, the TIME Collaborative is a multi-year investment in the development of high-quality and sustainable expanded learning time (ELT) schools in five states: Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Tennessee. With guidance from the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) and local partners in each state, these schools and districts participated in an intensive redesign process to completely rethink their school day/year and add at least 300 hours to their learning schedule. These schools will leverage additional learning time to empower each student with the knowledge, skills, and experiences essential for college and career success.