Thursday, August 4, 2016

Teacher Think Tank and Collaboration Space

I posted back in February 2016 about NSE's Think Tank space that was being created here at North Springs. Well, the space has evolved over the summer and is starting to come alive with ideas, resources, goals, data charts, etc... A number of grade levels and collaborative groups have used the space this summer to plan and design units for this coming school year. We want this space to be a collaborative space where teachers and school leaders can work together to achieve the goals and priorities set by RSD2 and NSE. Below are some of the resources that have made their way to the NSE Think Tank so far:

1. Think Tank Norms - voted on by the teachers
2. Lexia Core 5 Scope and Sequence chart (a reading intervention program used at NSE)
3. NWEA Comparative Data to Inform Instructional Decisions chart
4. The SAMR Model chart (enhancing technology integration)
5. The NSE Curriculum Map for the first nine weeks of school
6. MAP and PASS Data
7. NSE Goals and Initiatives
8. Reading and math MAP Strands
9. AdvancED ELEOT areas of focus for the first nine weeks of school
10. NSE Beliefs, RSD2's Teaching and Learning infographic, The Four Squares explained, RSD2's Priority Areas, and BIE Gold Standard infographic

Other resources include:
1. SC Standards
2. PBL 101 Workbooks
3. PBL for 21st Century Success
4. Step up to Writing manual
5. Pre-referral Intervention Manual
6. NWEA Continuum of Learning and DesCartes Vocabulary

The NSE Think Tank will be used by teachers on a weekly basis to collaborate on units of study, discuss student success, discuss effective learning environments (ELEOT), align SC standards to MAP skills, celebrate successes, and discuss benchmark and progress monitoring data.

One of the dry erase boards in the Think Tank has the MAP math and reading strands listed for discussion and goal setting. It also has the AdvancED ELEOT focus areas for the first nine weeks of school. First quarter walkthrough observations will focus on these areas.




Another dry erase board in the Think Tank is our first quarter curriculum map. This is a work in progress. The goal is to have all grade levels post units of study, and specific topics on the board for all grade levels, related arts, and support service teachers to see and discuss.
One corner of the Think Tank has this year's NSE Goals, Map Data, and PASS Data. Once SC Ready data arrives, we will post it as well. These data charts help us set academic and instructional goals as well as generate conversations about how to improve student achievement at NSE.

Each classroom teacher will have a data notebook that will contain data on each of their students as they are assessed throughout the year. Some of this data may include MAP scores, Lexia progress, EasyCBM reports, Accelerated Reader reports, Reflex math reports, PASS and SC Ready scores, parent conference information, etc... These notebooks are great when collaborative teams such as IAT and RTI meet to discuss student progress. They are also important when parents and teachers have conferences about student progress.



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