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PofPracticeOptions SLT SIT

PofPracticeOptions SLT SIT

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Handout distributed to School Leadership & School Improvement Teams to help determine the focus of my internship project
Handout distributed to School Leadership & School Improvement Teams to help determine the focus of my internship project

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NELA  Internship  Project   Problem  of  Practice  Ideas:  Two  Options     SLT/SIT  Members:  Please  briefly  look

 over  both  of  these  options;  we  will  vote  in  a  brief  meeting  on  Monday,   November  19th  regarding  which  Problem  of  Practice  will  be  the  topic  of  Lauren’s  internship  project  here  at   Belmont.    Thanks  in  advance  for  your  help  and  cooperation!         Option  1:  K-­‐2  Hispanic  Students  in  Reading   n Group  of  approximately  20  kids  (last  year’s  School  Report  Card  showed  that  only   38%  of  Hispanic  students  in  3-­‐5  passed  both  reading  and  math—out  of  19  kids,   and  2010-­‐2011  was  @  35%-­‐-­‐  a  drop  from  the  2009-­‐2010  percentage  of  54%  out  of   11  kids).    We  have  had  an  influx  of  Hispanic  students  over  the  past  2  years,  and   their  percent  of  proficiency  has  not  been  increasing,  but  rather  dropping.   n Theory  of  Action:  Preparing  them  w/  stronger  early  literacy  skills  in  K-­‐2  (as   evidenced  by  DIBELS  progress)  will  help  with  the  testing  data  in  3-­‐5.   n Goals:  Increased  literacy  growth  among  Hispanic/Latino  students  in  K-­‐2  (according   to  DIBELS  data)   n Outcomes:  Growth  on  DIBELS  EOY  assessment,  continued  growth  on  DIBELS   progress-­‐monitoring,  increased  student  engagement  (especially  in  reading  time)   among  Hispanic  students   n Potential  Strategies:  ESL  teacher  working  with  grade  level  PLCs  @  least  once  a   month,  ESL  instruction  connected  to  grade-­‐level  objectives,  additional  progress   monitoring  w/  ESL  students  (perhaps  by  reading  coaches?  Heather?),  book  club  w/   tutors  weekly  or  bi-­‐weekly  (led  by  3rd  grade  tutors/administration)    

Option  2:  Low  Parent  Involvement  among  Low-­‐Income  African-­‐American  Families   n After  looking  @  our  school’s  Teacher  Working  Conditions  survey  results,  ongoing   teacher  efficacy  surveys,  conversations  w/  grade  levels  and  individual  teachers,   etc.,  community  and  parent  involvement  is  a  HUGE  gap  for  us  (both  perceived   and  otherwise).   n Theory  of  Action:    If  parents  a)  feel  more  welcomed  by  school  staff  and   administrators,  and  b)  they  are  met  both  “where  they  are”  and  at  the  school   building,  then  they  will  be  more  authentically  and  productively  involved  in  the   functioning  of  the  school.   n Goals:  Increase  in  authentic  parent  and  community  involvement,  among  ALL   parents.   n Outcomes:  Increase  in  parent  volunteer  hours  @  school  events,  increased  range   of  parent  involvement  (i.e.  MORE  parents  of  MORE  students  in  ACADEMIC   ways),  increase  in  positive  communication  between  staff  and  parents,  etc.   n Potential  Strategies:  Facilitate  joint  meetings/events  between  PoPS  and  PTA,   PTA  Board/staff  members  initiate  parent  volunteer  hours  drive,  parent   outreach/”Parent  University”  @  Creekside  w/  Mr.  Carey  (w/  teachers  attending),   encourage  at  least  5  positive  calls  home/mth  by  each  teacher  for  5  different   students,  etc.    

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