Westside faculty took time Monday morning to learn from each other and attend a featured session on eliciting student response. Thirty-six of the 51 sessions offered were led by our talented and gifted staff. Teachers had the opportunity to choose sessions including Brain-Based Learning, The Framework for Teaching, Making iBooks Interactive, Poverty and School Design, which was led by Superintendent Blane McCann. For a full list of offerings, click the following link https://plday10192015.sched.org .
Lighthouse Educator Academy members participated in a daylong Professional Learning session exploring the Framework for Teaching with Sue Presler. Sue Presler is a Charter member of the Danielson Group and has has spent more than a decade providing training and consulting services around Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching. In addition, she is a senior consultant for the Center for Cognitive Coaching and the Center for Adaptive Schools.
Our September Nexting event was a success with staff posting on #Westside66Hope and posting to a Google Form. Read below to see what staff are saying about Nexting!
|Empowering video! At Swanson, our 6th grade team is working on the Genius Hour, influenced by Google. We working with students to find questions they are passionate about and researching them to share their findings with|
|The ability to use student lap tops to research performances of the same music we are performing by other ensembles. Using laser printer to reproduce mouthpieces.|
|With the right tools and resources, anything is possible!|
|Boundless enthusiasm is contagious. Whatever the learning activity, believe that all students can achieve and will succeed.|
|Inclusive environments for students have a great impact on their learning! Let’s celebrate working in a collaborative environment!|
|Even though change does not always happen as quickly as we like with students, persistence can bring forth celebrations!|
|We occasionally use drones to record marching band drill to help evaluate drill to improve formations. Students are able to visualize what adjustments need to be made by looking at the forms from a bird’s eye view.|
|Our next activity will work to motivate kids by connecting their learning with their interests and futures.|
|I feel the impact of an innovative and collaborative environment here at Rockbrook. The constant effort shared between classroom teachers and specialists for the greater good of the students is evident.|
|As new technologies are developed, we need to continue to look for ways to increase meaningful uses of technology for our students.|
|How can we engage more students in computer programming?|
|What will be the future of classroom design? Students are often sitting in the classroom. Think of the options for individualizing instruction by being able to have different learning centers for students.|
|It’s not about just helping one student. As teachers we are constantly trying to provide a better education for all of our students. When teaching it’s about going out of our way to figure out what works best for each of our students. Differentiating our students and their education helps make them better people and provide them with a more successful future! It’s great being an educator!|
Westside Community Schools leaders worked with Dr. Joseph Renzulli from the University of Connecticut and colleagues Gara Field, Marcia Gentry, and Nicole Waicunas for two days collaborating on different ways to meet and enrich the needs of all students using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM). “Based on years of research, the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) is founded on highly successful practices originally developed for programs for gifted students. The SEM promotes “a rising tide lifts all ships” approach to school improvement by applying general enrichment strategies to all students……….” To learn more about SEM click on the following links:
Westside Community Schools certified staff had the incredible opportunity to hear Sue Presler as she presents an engaging Keynote address on questioning and student response in relationship to the Framework for Teaching by Charlotte Danielson. As a charter member of the Danielson Group, Sue has spent over a decade providing training and consulting services around the Framework for Teaching. In addition, Sue is a senior consultant for the Center for Cognitive Coaching and the Center for Adaptive Schools.All staff attended an interactive featured session on questioning and eliciting student responses led by staff members from Westside Community Schools. This will be the first of multiple sessions focusing on active participation and engagement during the 2015-16 school year. Finally, all staff had the opportunity to choose from a variety of offerings led and developed by Westside Community Schools educators.September 4 2015 PL morning (Flyer)
Westside Community Schools Literacy Experts worked with our new staff focusing on the importance of literacy across all content areas on August 27th. Elementary teachers worked with Randi Van Dyne, Shannon Roach, and Deb Kruse at an all day session. Teachers focused on the planning process for reading, writing and word study. Teachers explored classroom and online materials/resources to assist in student learning. Teachers participated in a modeled, guideds reading lesson and reflected on how a guided reading lesson would look in their classrooms. Teachers finished the day in break-out sessions and planned a Comprehension Tool-kit lesson together.
Elementary grade-level facilitators, Toolbox representatives, curriculum chairs, principals, reading coordinators and coaches met Aug. 20 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the CCC. At the inaugural meeting, the teams used a planning sheet to outline the content for the seven meetings grade levels will have during the 2015-16 school year. “The teams were excited to collaborate and have their voices heard on what support is needed at each grade level in addition to understanding the yearlong goal and vision of the District,” said Ruby Larson, director of elementary teaching and learning.
Westside Community Schools each year trains a few selected individuals from each building using the Mandt System. The Mandt System is a comprehensive, integrated approach to preventing, de-escalating and, if necessary, intervening when the behavior of an individual poses a threat of harm to himself and/or others. The Mandt System focuses on building healthy relationships among all the stakeholders in human service settings in order to facilitate the development of an organizational culture that provides the emotional, psychological and physical safety needed in order to teach new behaviors to replace behaviors that are labeled “challenging.”
Initial training on Mandt is two full days of instruction, and this year’s training began Aug. 20. An annual recertification training will take place three other times during the year with trainers Corrie Philo and Ali Switzer. Marc Benedetto, our former trainer, will support and assist teachers at the training. A relationship and de-escalation training was offered to all to all staff Aug. 17 based on the MANDT training. Corrie Philo, Jenny Brockman and Marc Benedetto have provided this training over the last three years.
Through the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling (ESSC) grant, Westside will be training three teachers and two counselors each school year as trainers on the Well-Managed Schools model, which includes the social skills and office referrals pieces. By the end of the three-year grant period, Westside will have 15 in-house staff trained as trainers using the Boys Town training model.