8/13/2017

School Just Underway








The First Days of School - Dancing on the inside: Nervous yet excited.

With August-September approaching, the back-to-school commercials can stir up a feeling of anticipation and/or a feeling of excitement for our first day of school. Remember when we were kids getting ready for our first day of school? We could hardly sleep the night before; our clothes laid out; our lunch pale packed; our back packs filled. We were excited to see our friends and meet our teachers. We were exhilarated by all the learnings and all the possibilities the school day and the school year had in store for us!

I invite you to tap into that childhood wonder and thrill as we prepare for our first few days of school (by time you read this, you did engage in the first few days).


So let's look at the highlights in the few days of school:
Kids were excited to be at school. They shared their excitement and their learning on their first few days. 
*Some kids talked to me about the relevance of math. 
*Some kids talked to me about what makes a good leader. 
*Some kids defined a scientist for me. 
*Some kids shared the main point of book they just read. 

The sites felt safe and welcoming with a buzz of adults and children.


We know the perquisite and ever-present condition for high levels of learning is creating that safe space where adults and students can learn freely, can find relevance and excitement in their learning. Daniel Willingham, psychologist and author, study the emotional connection needed for students and adults to internalize their learning.

In concert with these necessary conditions, we hold high expectations for us as adults - making learning visible; meaning one year gain in student learning, or more for this year of school. 

As Donna said, we are looking to have the wind catch our sails. We are looking to continue to make learning visible, ensure one year's growth by:
1.) Effective implementation of the high leverage strategies (the ones that can cause one year's growth), grounded in teacher clarity.
2.) Know thy impact 


The school district looks to support success in the following venues:
1.) Professional develoment
2.) Collaboration
3.) Instructional coaching













7/14/2017

Welcome Back



  Welcome Back Konocti!


  I shared my summer fun in Montana via my written letter. As I make contact with each you upon return to school, I look forward to hearing about your summer fun.

Over 36 of us in Konocti were able to attend the annual visible learning conference here in San Francisco July 10 and July 11. The learning was both new and reaffirming.  We had every school represented so you may hear more information from your colleagues and/or administrators.

 Konocti looks to embark on more professional development right here in Konocti at the end of July deepening our knowledge and skills around effective execution of the high-leverage practices (grounded in the research of John Hattie) particularly in language arts, language development and math classes.

Grades TK – 7 ELA/ELD
Tuesday, July 25 (9:00 – 3:00 )
National Presenters
Visible Learning Literacy Presenters
(LLES Library) Morning: K-2
(McClung) Morning: 3-5
 (LLES Library) Afternoon: 3-5 
(McCLung)Afternoon: K-2
Wednesday, July 26 (9:00 – 3:00 )
National Presenters
Visible Learning Literacy Presenters
(LLES Library) Morning: K-2 (online - digital)
(McClung) Morning: 3-5
(LLES Library) Afternoon: 3-5 (online - digital)
(McClung) Afternoon: K-2
Thursday, July 27 (9:00 – 3:00 )
Visible Learning Literacy and National Presenters =  (All Day): K-5 in the McClung
Friday, July 28 (9:00 – 3:00 )
Visible Learning Literacy and National Presenters = (All Day): K-5 in the McClung


Grade 6 -12 teachers, ELA and ELD
Monday, July 31 (9:00 – 3:00 )
Visible Learning Literacy presenters  (All Day in the McClung): 6-12
Tuesday, August 1 (9:00 – 3:00 )
HMH Presenters
Visible Learning Literacy Presenters
(LLES Library) Morning: 8-12
(McClung) Morning: 6-7
(LLES Library) Afternoon: 6-7
(McClung) Afternoon: 8-12



Math Schedule:
July 31 and August 1
All day from 9:00 - 3:00 in the LLHS Library with the Big Ideas/Visible Learning Trainers


District-wide Strategic Plan 2017-2018 


Goal = continue to make learning visible/ensure 1 year's growth, or more for one year of school
Action steps =  1. effective execution of some high-leverage strategies, particularly clarity.
2. Know thy impact by regularly monitoring evidence/information throughout the school year.
Measures = local measures and our district-wide common reading assessments










5/07/2017

Konocti in the Month of May






         

     
May District-wide walk thru Information:
  Thank you for the opportunity to walk through and visit a variety of classrooms. Here were some of the discoveries:

In regards to, "What are you learning?"
Most students throughout the district can talk specifically about their learning ie. "I am learning how to multiple and divide decimals." I am writing an opinion paper",

Kids identifying their learning (verses the task) is huge growth in the work of Konocti especially around clarity.

In regards to, "How are you going/doing in your learning and where to next?"
A small percentage of students (lkie 20% - 25%) throughout the district can articulate the necessary criteria to be successful with their learning
ie. "I say these five site words accurately in five different ways (contexts) and I get a new set of five site words to practice."
ie. "I need to have a topic sentence, the opinion, the supporting details, and a concluding sentence to be successful with my opinion paper,"

Students in a majority of classrooms were engaged in reading, writing, talking instruction, whether grade level reading or targeted reading intervention. The large amount of instructional time devoted to reading and writing and thinking has increased significantly throughout the course of the year for Konocti. The devotion to reading matches the reading focus of Konocti this school year.
See the incremental progress below as a result.

What does all this data and information mean? 
* We are making significant gains in students knowing what they are learning. YaHoo!!
* We can still aspire to gain clarity in the development and articulation of the success criteria.
* As we - adults and students - become more competent in clarity, there is also an increase of students yielding one year or more of growth in reading, as well as an increase in the percent of students attaining grade level in their reading.

I have also had the privilege of spending time in the field, interviewing a selection of teachers and a selection of students throughout the district. It has been fun to ask staff and students questions around our visible instruction and visible learning journey. Stay tuned to see clips and highlights in various Konocti social media and/or in upcoming Konocti collaborations/professional development.

Important dates over the Summer

June 5th - 8th:
Representative teachers from each grade level, K -5, can work together around revising the scope and sequence to align with Reach for Reading. Included in this work, teachers can identify the success criteria at the of each 5 - 6 week unit/section and assign (from the textbook materials) the culminating test or task.

Representative teachers from the grade level or the department, grades 6 - 12, can work together around developing/revising the scope and sequence aligned with the content standards or framework, and the textbook. Included in this work, teachers can identify the success criteria at the of each 5 - 6 week unit/section and assign (from the textbook or other materials) the culminating test or task.


July 25 - July 28:
K -5 teachers receive professional development around using some of these specific high-leverage strategies in a language arts classroom while using the new textbook.

July 31 and August 1:
Teachers grade 6 -12 receive professional development around using some of these specific high-leverage strategies in a math classroom while using your particular textbook and resources.

Teachers grade 6 - 12 receive professional development around using some of these specific high-leverage strategies in a language arts classroom while using the new textbook.


The district looks to continue in the same direction for 2017 - 2018 school year = making learning visible (quantified by the students progress of one year or more for one year of school) through effective execution of some high-leverage strategies, particularly clarity.
And monitoring our impact regularly throughout the school year.


Vehicles of support in implementation to cause or make learning visible are the following:


3/22/2017

The month of April in Konocti


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District direction: Striving for one year of growth for one year of school. We are looking to effectively implement some of the top yielding instructional strategies. Some such strategies might be, but are not limited to: effective feedback, modeled examples of excellence, quick formative assessments (checks for understanding), discussion and questioning, modeling, active engagement of students(synonymous to kids being visible learners). All these strategies build upon teacher clarity. John Hattie's research being the guide as to what strategies work best in education.




District focus area is around teacher clarity and student clarity. This clarity around learning can be measured by asking students during class visits, and/or by asking teachers. ("What are you learning ? How are you going in your learning? Where to next?"). The ultimate goal is develop visible learners through this clarity - students that can own their own learning, and are actively involved in their learning. Such ownership can quadruple their own learning.

Professional development is one main vehicle to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for effective collaboration and for effective executive of the high leverage strategies. High functioning collaboration and high-leverage instruction can yield substantial gains in student growth and achievement.

The other district focus is "know thy impact": Regular monitoring of our impact through various data points to both affirm our direction and to guide our continued instruction.





Along with a focus around these high-leverage instructional practices, Konocti is looking to adopt a language arts textbook K-12 for next fall.  Konocti is possibly also looking to adopt a math textbook, K -7. These are viable resources to support teachers in their quality instructional delivery.  



                                                              


April
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Sat/Sun
3

Spring Break
4
5
6
7
8
10
CAASPP State Testing
11

Instructional coach mtg
12
Elementary Principal Mtg

Management mtg
13
K -5 ELA pilot mtg at McClung at 3:30
14
15/16
17

18
19
6th – 12th ELA pilot mtg
At McClung at 3:30
20
21
22/23




24
25
Instructional coach mtg

PIP-STP at LLHS Library at 4:30
26
27
District collaboration
Student learning and high-leverage instructional practices
28
29/30


















May
Monday
1
Tuesday
2
K -5 Math pilot mtg at McClung at 3:30

Wednesday
3

Thursday
4
6 -7  Math pilot mtg at McClung at 3:30
Friday
5
District-wide capability assessment by Corwin
Sat/Sun
6/7
8
9

Instructional coach meeting
10
11
Site Collaboration
12

13/14
15
`6
17
Secondary principal mtg
Management mtg

Results Coaching for some folks
18

ResultsCoaching II
(for teachers, adm., coaches who completed level I)
19
End of CAASPP testing
ResultsCoaching II
(for teachers, adm., coaches who completed level I)
20/21
22
23

Instructional coach meeting
24
25
26
27/28
29
Holiday
30
31










June
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
1
Friday
2
Last day of school for the kids
Sat/Sun
3/4
5
  K -5 grade work days
(scope  and sequence…identify trimester success criteria)

6-12 work days
(scope and sequence
Identify success criteria per qrtly or trimester and qrtly
common assessments for HS level)
6








7








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9
Summer school training
10/11

12
Summer school training
13
First day of summer school
14

15
16
17