Posted Date: 12/17/2018
December has been all about Designing our Rocket! After narrowing down our initiatives in November we have been busy researching, collaborating and planning. Here is a quick refresher on the initiatives each building has chosen:
Fredonia Junior Senior High School will be working on implementing:
Tying together trauma informed care and coordinating with the elementary school on social and emotional characteristics.
Re-establishing the School Day
Focus on making changes to the schedule to benefit both teaching and learning.
Credit Based Curriculum
Include a drastic redesign of content along with a credit system similar to competency/standards based systems. Students will stay in a course until they have learned the content, moving at different paces/rates.
Lincoln and the Early Learning Center will be working on implementing:
Trauma Informed Care/Social Emotional Curriculum/Family Time
This will include enforcing character traits and soft skills, as well as making connections across grade levels with all students to improve their emotional well-being.
Standards Based Grading/Differentiated Learning
Students will be graded based on their skills/mastery of the content rather than a letter grade or a score.
Teachers will also focus on differentiated teaching/learning to help reach all students and their styles of learning instead of teaching to the whole.
We will continue working on and progressing our MTSS time to help improve student’s reading abilities.
On December 10th, USD 484 had our Big Day Out. Each teacher chose a school to visit to help with our redesign process. We visited many schools such as Derby Hills in Derby and Roosevelt Middle School in Coffeyville to see how other schools are becoming trauma informed, implementing standards based grading, doing project based learning, and re-establishing their schedules. Everyone came back very inspired. We shared a quick reflection with each other and will have more in-depth conversations about our experiences at a future professional development day.
Our next step in the redesign process is to begin piloting or trying out some of our initiatives. Lincoln is planning to start implementing a weekly “Family Time” in January. Each staff member will have a family of 6-8 children in our building. This will give our students an opportunity to make a stronger connection with our staff and with other children in the building. Lincoln is also working on designing a standards based grade card to show parents in the spring along with the traditional grade cards.
The Junior Senior High is currently working on writing new class curriculum to expand our class offerings and exploring new schedule options.
We are looking forward to piloting some our ideas, so we are prepared to launch in the fall!