Monday, April 20, 2015

First Steps

I think our first steps after we have done some initial orientations is to get right to work drafting the PBGR and Performance Indicator language. It will be tedious grunt work but everything needs to flow from that language. The more clear we can be at the outset the more productive our later work will be.

So I have the people smiling here. That may not actually be the case. This actually works in 4 rounds, or two stages each with three rounds. The rounds progress with a)writing b)feedback c)revision.

So the groups stay the same in each stage. They are composed of content people from the high school and an elementary representative. Their job is to go through the PBGR's and evaluate them. I have used the criteria from the great schools partnership and just created a tally sheet more or less. The goal here is actually two fold. First I want to make sure we actually read what the state has suggested as PBGR's. Second I think it is important that we carefully consider the language of any requirement we adopt. I predict it will be fairly straight forward in Math, Science and ELA. I suspect/hope the other areas will want to make changes since their national standards have changed. Luckily there are no more than ten Proficiencies per content area. Having an elementary rep on these teams is essential for input and communication. They are going to need to keep their schools abreast of the work. I hope we can get one person per school to sit on each of the main content areas. 

The second round of each stage consists of bringing the draft statements to teams of elementary teachers for feedback, I did not include students here but this may be a great entry point for them. This feedback round stays true to our overall mission of collaboration and feedback. It also directly involves elementary teachers in the process without asking them to do any of the heavy lifting in year 1.

In round three the teams then go back  and make any revisions based the feedback they received.  So if you are paying attention, and I know you are, you are wondering where we are going to find the time to do this. Well, we aren't unless we go with a full year of 1/2 days once a week.  In this first stage we have already used 3 half days. Stage two will take longer since there are many more Performance Indicators, and trust me I have plans for many more days.

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