Instructional Focus:Incorporate opportunities for students to apply the skills necessary to collaboratively interrogate information and compose evidence-based arguments.School-wide Priority Question:
What do students, specifically ELLs, males and students w/ Special Needs, struggle with most when developing confidence and perseverance as an independent learner?Instructional Priorities:
Gold Standard Project Based learning that embodies:
To refine our practice, we engage in professional development in the following ways:1) Tri-weekly content based Professional Learning Communities2) Monthly full faculty workshops3) Bi-annual school-wide Learning Walks4) Quarterly analysis of student work5) Teacher led Instructional Leadership Team6) Weekly Inquiry Facilitation7) Administrative team Professional Learning Community
- Cognitively Demanding Paired Text Tasks: A task that challenges the Zone of Proximal Development, uses higher order thinking and requires complexity.
- Strategic Formative Assessment: Purposeful teacher moves to gauge student understanding in real time and used to inform and adjust future instruction and planning. It can be student led and should be embedded in the instruction.
- Student Discourse: Students are engaged in oral or written cognitively demanding tasks that increase academic skill sets (content related or social-emotional) designed to lead to student ownership of their learning.