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1 Model Schools Conference 2007
Washington, DC

2 Dr. Mimi Dyer Academy of Math, Science & Technology
Staff Development Coordinator Advanced Placement Coordinator

3 Cobb County Schools Just north of Atlanta, GA
2nd largest school district in state 30th largest in nation 106,000 students (+2,500/yr) 16 high schools 23 middle schools 68 elementary schools

4 KMHS Profile Opened in 2000 with 1250 students
population – 3,147 319,000 sq. ft. instructional space on 79 acres 118 core and 165 elective courses on 4x4 block schedule 23 AP courses – 367 students/577 tests

5 Extracurricular Activities
90% of students involved 22 athletic teams Drama – 225 students Marching Band – 280 students 51 clubs Robotics International Recreation Jazz Band Philosophy Yugiyo Men of Distinction Equestrian

6 The Journey Begins 2000-1 KMHS is born
Dr. Daggett speaks to fledgling faculty 2001-2: Rigor & Relevance handbook for all faculty – begin discussions 2002-3: Helen Branigan conducts R&R workshop with faculty 2003-4: KMHS creates first D quadrant lessons and is selected as Model School

7 Model Schools Conference 2004
Lessons in the D Quadrant Model Schools Conference 2004 Washington, DC

8 Challenge Understanding the framework and creating stars
Featured career tech courses (most easily transportable)

9 Lessons in the D Quadrant, Part II Rigor, Relevance & Relationships
Model Schools Conference 2005 Nashville, TN

10 Discovery Linking student achievement and critical thinking
Importance of relationships in learning process Featured examples of community building in D Quadrant lessons

11 Model Schools Conference 2006
The Road to D Model Schools Conference 2006 Orlando, FL

12 Implementation Deep understanding of the framework
Linking theory and practice Application to all curricular areas Not just thinking outside the box but building a new one from the ground up

13 2007 Destination G G 2









22 Susan Gunderman Principal



25 January 2006 Dr. Daggett meets with students and teachers
Responses surprising “I feel a little sorry for my teacher trying to get to D” Teachers 4; students 2.5 Clearly not there yet The challenge

26 Answering the Challenge
Staff development task: Create a D quadrant lesson Share with colleagues

27 In the beginning. . . Find your comfort zone
Snack ‘n Shares to learn tools Work in collaborative groups 1.5 hours per month Workdays Develop a D Quadrant lesson to deliver and share

28 The Plan Each collaborative group would share the lesson
Do the math: 55 groups in 3 months “Please don’t make us sit through that!”

29 Back to the drawing board….
Input from leadership teams They get it; don’t overwhelm them. Instead, Let’s Celebrate!!

30 KM iDOL Survivors of the Academy Awards
IDOL Committee New plan February workday: Department meetings to select “best in show” Application Rigor and Relevance Framework Reviewed by committee Four finalists and six cameos March workday: Final presentations

31 The Incentives Collaboration Creativity Support Money!!
$2500 first prize $1000 second $850 third $500 fourth

32 Esteemed Judges Mr. Fred Sanderson, Superintendent
Dr. Judy Gilliam, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Instruction Mr. Jim Carter, Area Assistant Superintendent, Area 5


34 The Rubric

35 Kennesaw Mountain Model Lessons Presentation

36 D Quadrant Students use higher order thinking skills to engage in learning that demonstrates a deep understanding of the material. The student’s learning can be assessed by his ability to apply that material to future learning across disciplines and to use that learning to solve “real world problems.”

37 The Pit: Seasonal Sand Training
Finalist Physical Education The Pit: Seasonal Sand Training Coaches

38 Cameo Forensic Science Mystery Theater Doug Michalke

39 Cameo Guidance Fun with D Counselors


41 Finalist Human Anatomy Project
Biology II Human Anatomy Project Dr. Joanne Jezequel

42 Kelly Bramblett & Stephanie Barber
Cameo Educational Support Mountaintop Cafe Kelly Bramblett & Stephanie Barber


44 David Roth & Jeff Harper
Cameo AP Music Theory Alma Mater Project David Roth & Jeff Harper

45 Drama Conventions in Shakespeare
Finalist Advanced Composition 9th Applied Literature Drama Conventions in Shakespeare Skyler Curtis & Niki Jaquish

46 Montage of Tornado Stories
Cameo Honors Earth Science Montage of Tornado Stories John Schafer (originally judged by Weather Channel)

47 Cameo Career Tech We Do D!

48 Jimmy Whittemore & Dana Rogers
Finalist Algebra II Money Management Graduation D-cisions Jimmy Whittemore & Dana Rogers

49 Awards Best Way to Start Your Day Most Suspenseful
“Give me a break Everything we do is D-Quadrant!” Most Likely to be Misunderstood True Tales from the Weather Channel Most Likely to be Delivered Standing Up

50 After the Party Teachers like to share their successes
They’ll do anything for instructional money Some still equated “dazzle” with “D” It was about good teaching: slackers were uncomfortable Next steps: From theory to practice to culture

51 Contact Information PowerPoint uploaded to Model Schools Conference website: Susan Gunderman Mimi Dyer

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