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Orchestrating Academic Excellence. Center Grove Community School Corporation. Shared Academic Vision. To develop the best academic programs for all Center Grove Community School students. We want all students to achieve to their highest potential. Curriculum Mapping. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • OrchestratingAcademic ExcellenceCenter Grove Community School Corporation

  • Shared Academic VisionTo develop the best academic programs for all Center Grove Community School students. We want all students to achieve to their highest potential.

  • Curriculum MappingPurpose: To share and develop a challenging K-12, teacher-designed curriculum which avoids gaps and overlaps in instruction and which documents K-12 learning experiences.

  • Curriculum Mapping StatusTeachers are working to document what is taught and assessed in each classroom and at each grade level to avoid gaps or overlaps in instruction.Teachers have selected the most important Indiana math standards to teach and assess in each grading period.Teachers will repeat the process with reading/language arts, science and social studies.

  • Curriculum Mapping StatusGrades 6-12 teachers in each school have selected the most important Indiana standards to emphasize in each subject.

  • Curriculum Mapping StatusK-12 teachers are in various stages of developing tests or other assessments given at the same time to all students in the same course to check learning

  • Curriculum Mapping VisionK-12 teachers: will develop a district plan for reading/language arts (June 2008)

    Eventually all K-12 teachers will have for their grade level/course :

    District level plans of the most important standardsGrade or subject plans for instructionTests or assessments that measure the standardsShared Assessments that frequently measure student learningAdditional data from each assessment will be used to guide instruction.

  • Curriculum Mapping Vision Teachers will have an updated individual plan each year.Students, parents and teachers will be able to view the district and grade or subject area plans for the school corporation.Teacher-led curriculum reviews will occur frequently to reflect changes in student needs.

  • New Reading Adoption(Scott Foresman: Reading Street)We believe this series offers the most comprehensive approach to:

    increase rigorfoster independent readingprovide strategic intervention for struggling students

  • New Reading Adoption(Scott Foresman: Reading Street)My Sidewalks is the companion, supporting intensive intervention program for students with the greatest needs.

  • New Reading Adoption(Scott Foresman: Reading Street)The program is based on current reading research and focuses on the use of:

    whole-group instructionflexible, small group instruction matched to student needsindependent reading

  • Over 540-960 leveled readers (books written for a variety of reading levels) are available for each teacher.

    New Reading Adoption (Scott Foresman: Reading Street)

  • Allows for differentiation for high-ability, at-level, below-level and ENL students using leveled readers and focused vocabulary instruction.

    New Reading Adoption (Scott Foresman: Reading Street)

  • K-5 textbook adoption was selected by a group of CG teachers. They received additional professional development in reading prior to last years materials selection.

    New Reading Adoption (Scott Foresman: Reading Street)

  • Waterford Early-Reading SoftwareThis software is currently being installed in all 6 elementary buildings.Financed with a state grant.

  • Waterford Early-Reading SoftwareIndividualized and leveled reading instruction occurs daily (15-20 minutes)Supporting materials available for school and/or home useProvides remediation, at-level, and accelerated literacy work from K-1

  • Classroom Novels

    Issue: To address teacher and parent concerns about students reading the same book more than once in different grades.Results: Grades 3-6 common novel list created last yearTwo to four common novels were selected and purchased for each grade

  • NCA/PL221 GoalsThis is the year that each school will select new academic target goals for both NCA accreditation and for PL221 state evaluation.

    Literacy has been a common theme among district leaders.

    Stay tuned as building steering committees select goals.

  • Literacy AuditPurpose: Examine current resources and practices Gather information to guide future decisions for professional development and literacy practicesRecommend a literacy framework

  • Literacy Audit

    Consultants have: observed instruction in each buildingsurveyed and/or interviewed parents, students, teachers and administratorsexamined resources and data

  • Literacy AuditResults of the audit should be available to administrators in December.

    We plan to share this information with the Board and staff in the second semester.

  • Instructional Coaches2.5 literacy coach positions and .5 instructional coach position have been added at the elementary levelA special programs coordinator oversees:Literacy coachesTitle I programHigh Ability servicesThese positions are paid for through grant money.

  • English as New Language LearnersCreated 2 full-time teaching positions for ENL instruction this yearIncreased learning materials for ENL students and teachersProvided professional development to West Grove teachers on working with ENL students in the general classroom.

  • High Ability Task ForceOur goal is to increase services to our K-12 high ability students.The state has a new law requiring schools to identify and provide services to high ability students in K-12.Task force groups are developing recommendations to better serve our students.

  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA Cadre)This dynamic group of teachers is focused on professional development that will impact student learning.Completed action-research projectsAttended differentiation conferences and implemented classroom strategiesInvestigating assessment practicesDeveloping their leadership skills so they can positively influence their colleagues

  • TechnologyHigh tech multimedia classrooms to enhance instruction being piloted by 119 corporation teachersYear 1 of a 3-year rolloutMiddle school technology standardsEpsilen Project online courses and portfoliosGrade 3 technology education

  • Targeted Instructional SupportOASISIncreased number of tutors from 5 in 2005 to 38 in 2007.Tutors volunteer with K-3 students in 5 of our elementary schoolsTutors work on literacy skills 30 minutes each week

  • Targeted Instructional SupportRTI:Response To Intervention (RTI) is a program to identify students who struggle with specific skills and/or behavior. Provides a daily targeted intervention for 30 minutes.Purpose is to reduce the number of special education referrals.Current interventions target reading.Math and behavior interventions will be the next phase.

  • KindergartenKindergarten Camp:Funded through the Johnson County CAPE Grant for early literacyStudents (120) with the greatest academic need are identified through screeningStudents attend K-Camp to learn pre-literacy skills, phonemic awareness, classroom procedures, and enjoy reading and writing.

  • KindergartenFull Day Kindergarten (FDK) expanded11 sections of FDK are offered. About of all kindergarten students attend full-day.Program provides expanded curricular opportunities

  • Creating Positive Relationships (CPR)We have replaced the Always Changing 5th grade adolescent education program with the CPR program to provide more consistency. CPR has provided a 6th grade program. This year the 7th grade program was added in response to parent requests.

  • Summer Remediation ProgramsFunded through state remediation funds last summer.A two-week academic jumpstart program provided additional instruction to students in elementary, middle and high school.Instruction focused on math and reading/language arts.

  • Middle School Courses for H.S. CreditFirst year world language courses were offered at both middle schools for high school credit.This year Honors Algebra I is now being offered for high school credit.

  • Middle School ProgrammingThe Middle School Task Force is examining the best practices of Middle Schools. Our goal is to develop and implement the BEST middle school programs for our district.

  • High School Redesign

    Has expanded teacher participation in the process of developing the best high school programsIs focused on exploring programming options to maximize student potentialHas representatives visiting Denver, New York, Houston, and Portland, OR to view sample programs

  • High School RedesignParents from the Coalition of Visioneers have joined high school staff in developing program directionPaul Buck has provided leadership and cohesiveness for the High School Redesign Team.

  • CAREThe CARE alternative high school program offers all core courses needed for graduation.Two teachers work full-time with students.On-line components provide individualized instruction to meet student needs.30 students participate in this program.According to state funding regulations, the student-teacher ratio can be no greater than 15:1.

  • SATsA higher percentage of Center Grove High School students are taking the SAT than at any other high school in the county.

  • Advanced Placement

    CG successfully completed the national AP audit last year.With the addition of AP Spanish, we now have 20 AP courses offered at the high school.In the past five years, six AP courses have been added to the high school offerings.

  • Advanced PlacementBrad Timmons, the AP coordinator, actively recruits students to enroll and complete the exams.Mr. Shockley speaks to parent groups at the middle schools each spring to encourage enrollment in Honors and AP courses.Goal: