Program    

 

                                 

 

 

IMPLEMENTING RIGOROUS

DISCUSSIONS, ASSESSMENTS,

AND COACHING TO DRIVE

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

 

NASHVILLE, TN

MARCH 31 - APRIL 1, 2017

 

 

 

Weekend Description and Overview:

 

In Nashville, you will have access to BES charter schools with impressive academic results, clear data-driven organizational practices, mission-driven leadership, and the proven ability to close the achievement gap. These are upper right quadrant schools – high poverty and high achievement. Weekend sessions will challenge you to observe strong classroom instruction aligned to rigorous standards and to analyze efficient best practices that support strong student outcomes.

 

Friday School Studies:

 

On Friday, March 31, participants will study Intrepid College Prep, Liberty Collegiate, and Nashville Classical, three members of The Network, a group of the highest-performing BES schools.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Nashville Classical (K-3), led by 2011 BES Fellow Charlie Friedman, scored in the 89th and 94th percentile on TerraNova, a nationally standardized exam taken by both public and private school students in 2014 and 2015 respectively. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Intrepid College Prep (5-8) led by 2011 BES Fellow Mia Howard, was named a 2015 Reward School acknowledging them as part of the top 5% of all TN public schools. In the 2014-2015 school year, both their 5th and 6th grade students outperformed the district in science, math, and ELA.

Liberty Collegiate (5-8), part of RePublic Schools, led by 2010 BES Fellow Ravi Gupta, earned the honor of Reward Status in both 2014-2015 for student growth and absolute performance ranking them in the top 5% of all TN public schools. Liberty Collegiate is one of nine schools in TN to earn this dual distinction.

 

Saturday Overview:

 

Friday's school study is complemented by practice-based training on Saturday. Participants will work with the Building Excellent Schools team and high-performing, high-capacity school leaders and teachers with a depth of experience in curriculum, bringing particular focus to driving student achievement through rigorous instruction and assessments.

INCORPORATING DISCUSSION AND READING CONFERENCES IN MIDDLE SCHOOL ELA

Participants will work directly with ELA instructional leaders from Excel Academy and RePublic Schools. At Excel Academy, Becca Moskowitz serves as Network ELA Department Chair and is a 7th grade ELA teacher.  Over 95 percent of Becca’s students scored proficient/advanced on the state ELA test for three consecutive years. Brett Pangburn serves as Network 6th grade Content Lead and is a 6th grade ELA teacher. Sarah Savage, a former 5th grade ELA teacher at Excel Academy, currently serves as the Assistant Principal at RePublic High School.

In this session, the speakers will identify the core skills embedded in literary discussions and share the research-based rationale for focusing on academic discourse in the area of Common Core. They will demonstrate (live and via video) and practice specific discussion techniques that teachers can incorporate into their ELA planning. These techniques will include best practices for one-on-one conferences with students, how to structure a basic "turn and talk" effectively, and how to plan and execute a Socratic seminar (or fishbowl style discussion) with middle school students. Speakers will also share specific systems they have created for holding all students accountable to practicing and mastering discussion skills in the ELA classroom.

Session objectives:

   - Teaching effective structures for discussion

   - Ensuring impactful DEAR (drop everything and read) program

 WRITING RIGOROUS, VISION-ALIGNED ASSESSMENTS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH

Participants will work directly with math instructional leaders from Excel Academy: Kendra Heinricher, Network Math Department Chair and 8th grade math teacher and Kaitlyn Giles, Director of Curriculum and Instruction and former 5th grade math teacher. For every one of the last six years, Excel 8th graders have ranked in the top five of all 460 Massachusetts public schools in math achievement. On average, 90 percent of Excel 5th graders in Boston have scored advanced/proficient for the last two years.

Knowing and doing math is more than rote procedural fluency. Through visible thinking strategies and rigorous assessment items, teachers and leaders can evaluate students' procedural and conceptual knowledge. In this session, participants will codify their beliefs about learning and teaching math and use those beliefs to craft test items that encourage and support instructional changes to align with their vision.

Session objectives:

   - Understanding of different applications of visible thinking in math courses

   - Identify ways that Next-Generation assessments measure students differently than current assessments

   - Apply assessment strategies to increase and monitor student thinking

   - Create exemplar responses and scoring rubrics

   - Identify curricular implications of Next-Generation assessment preparation on math instruction

 DATA DRIVEN LITERACY: GETTING ON TRACK EARLY AND SUPPORTING EFFECTIVE ELEMENTARY ELA INSTRUCTION

Participants will work directly with Charlie Friedman, founder and head of school at Nashville Classical. This session will show participants how to go from assessment to instruction using the example of STEP - a research-based formative assessment, data management, and professional development system. STEP assesses children's literacy skills, provides key data to educators, and trains teacher how to interpret the data in a way that moves children toward reading proficiency. In this session, participants will learn how literacy data (running records, comprehensive conversations, and student writing) can be used to increase student achievement in elementary school to better prepare students for the rest of their academic career. Participants will also learn how data can be integrated into classroom practice as a regular part of ELA instruction.

LIVE COACHING AND FEEDBACK PRACTICE

Participants will work directly with Sue Walsh, BES' Chief Academic Officer and Lagra Newman, Founder and Head of School at Purpose Prep on defining, modeling, and practicing insightful, impactful feedback that grows teachers fast with energy and clarity. Participants will practice how to add live coaching into their weekly feedback sessions to inform the next class period and build one instructional win after the next. The session will highlight specific techniques that bring live coaching into the classroom and equip participants to plan for its most impactful use within their calendar year. This will be intense, direct, clear, and fully in response to what school leaders are saying is the next level of need for their growing bench and for themselves.

 
 

 

 

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