Westside continues to support educator effectiveness to maximize student engagement and achievement. We continue to use the Professional Learning Standards (1. Learning Communities 2. Leadership 3. Resources 4. Data 5. Learning Designs 6. Implementation 7. Outcomes)and our Strategic Plan to guide our work. Thank you to the numerous staff members for hours of planning to make this day a success!
Grades K-1 – Continued work on phonics/phonemic awareness instructional routines and differentiating their experience between the fall and spring implementation groups. Karin Mussman and Joni Huebert continue to work hard behind the scenes. They are supporting teachers along with our IR consultants who are modeling job-embedded professional learning supporting the K-1 classroom teachers.
Grades 2-3 – Deeper dig into the “mindset of a great math teacher” with Michelle Patterson, Diana Williams, Karin Mussman and Sarah Mosel. They are focusing on: #3. Math is about connections and communicating; math can be represented in words, diagrams, graphs, pictures, and equations that can be linked to each other #4. Questions are really important; ask yourself: why does that make sense? Follow their progress on #mathmindset and #westsidepl
Grade 4 – Personalized Learning Elements [Element Three: Flexible Groups, Space & Mindset] with some introductory content and design opportunities for participants from our PL Collaborators Andrew Easton, Kristen Hogan and Katie Sindt.
Grades 5-6 – Refining knowledge of Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) to improve student writing. TDA is unique because grades and buildings have had different experiences with the depth of experience with implementing and analyzing TDA to improve student achievement. Janet Foss from ESU #3 has been an incredible asset in this area for Westside, and we appreciate her expertise.
WMS – Schoolwide Enrichment Model with Dr. Marcia Gentry to work with teachers on best practices of SEM (Schoolwide Enrichment Model) in the middle school setting. Renewal Committees will also be getting together during the day.
WHS – Continued their year-long emphasis on multiple facets of PBiS during the morning session and will focus on choice professional learning groups in the afternoon. All of the choice groups are intended for teachers to do a “deep dive” with some element of the strategic plan so that there are real applications in the classroom.
– Boys Town Foundations – Mike Nolette and Lois Rasgorshek (both are BT trainers)
– Gamification in the classroom – Andrew Easton and Michael Fryda (personalized learning collaborator and game enthusiast)
– Google Apps (Advanced) – Ben Powers and Theresa Gosnell (eMerge)
– Personalized Learning, Motivation for At-Risk Learners – Deanna Bahl and Kristen Hogan (reading specialist and personalized learning collaborator)
– Community Partnerships and Authentic Learning – Jeremy Stoll & Dawn Nizzi – literacy framework, personalized learning Beginning
– Google Classroom – with Stephanie Heitmann & Stephanie Pueppka
– Mindfulness – Foundational with Kirk Henningsen Special Services – continue to meet as a group and collaborate on topics timely to the teacher and caseload Elementary Specialists – will be meeting in like groups to focus on area specific content.
Special Education Building-Level Team Time.
- Conducting a special education PLC or Steering Committee follow up meeting
- EA training or development of EA training materials
- Revising student BIPs following winter break
- Analyzing student level data in preparation for ESY decisions
- Entering or analyzing SWIS data
- Navigating and becoming familiar with Illuminate