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End of the Year W360 Update

It is almost May, although the weather had us still believing it was February until this week! Our Wheeling 360 teams wrapped up for this year, so here is an update for those of you trying to stay in the loop!

LEAD- the Lead team met to discuss the learning objective work that was done in divisions on the 4/2 Institute day. Specifically, team members focused on how learning objectives played a role in a pre and post conference, in terms of evaluation. Really, having a meaningful pre and post conference with your evaluator affects your rating in terms of Domain 1- Planning and Preparation. This domain is not observable in the classroom (only 2 and 3 are!), but during your pre and post conference, as you talk about your learning objectives, how those align to and support your scope and sequence, how those will be assessed, and how you are planning to differentiate in light of your student population, your evaluator is gathering evidence for Domain 1.

If you have questions about learning objectives or feedback after our work on 4/2 or after trying some new formats of learning objectives with your students, please feel free to debrief with your division head, with Chris, or with me (Becky).

ENRICH- The Enrich team met to debrief their work on the 4/2 Institute Day and plan for next year. This team has been exploring what it means to support reading in an non-core classroom. It has been awesome to see their progress. If you wanted were interested in revisiting the materials from those sessions on 4/2, here is a link to our google folder.

EXCEL and EQUITY- With AP tests rapidly approaching, we did not formally meet with our Excel or Equity teams in April. Before the end of the year, building administration has made plans for student focus groups to offer feedback on their experience in AP. We know that this was a growing year for our AP teachers and students alike, and we know that there may be some extra stress in our hallways, PLCs, and division offices over the next couple of weeks. Keep working hard, taking deep breaths, smiling, and encouraging one another.


Lastly, I just wanted to add that I met with our new certified staff for the last time yesterday. We had a fun, hard-working group of newbies at WHS this year. I had a very important realization listening to them. Many of these colleagues had worked in a different district before coming to 214. As they each shared about their experiences and take-aways, they ALL had something in common. Here it is, in Becky-summary-form:

214 is a great place with tons of resources. THANK YOU!

Sometimes, when it is a Tuesday that you think is a Thursday, or as you sit with a pile of papers in front of you that need to be graded, or as you are asking yet another sophomore boy to stop playing Fortnite in class, you can lose sight of that fact. We teach in a school and district that has a ton of resources, that supports teacher growth and development, and that is constantly creating new and innovative learning experiences for our students. I hope, as April turns to May and the race to the end begins, that you have the opportunity to look at WHS through the eyes of a new teacher at some point. I definitely felt re-energized by their comments and learning!

Thanks for reading!

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Spring W360 Update

Spring break is rapidly approaching, and we are about to have another W360 on Thursday, March 8. This term is flying by. In case you have been wondering what has been happening in the Wheeling 360 world, here is a quick update:

February was DATA month.

LEAD- Last month, the lead team met in divisions to review their grade data and their SAT goals. Work will continue this month on objectives and scope and sequence. This work will spread to all PLCs this spring! I am excited to have conversations about how to make my own instructional objectives more meaningful and relevant.

ENRICH- Last month, the enrich team worked on planning lessons using specific reading strategies we dove into last semester. In March, members will share out their progress as they work to incorporate reading across the curriculum. I have been able to hear from a couple of teachers and visit some classes to see these reading strategies in action, and I am super excited about the work being done. Stay tuned for more sharing about this…

EQUITY and EXCEL- Last month, these teams met separately to review grade data from our 1st semester AP classes. Here is a bottom line summary: YES, our AP numbers at WHS have grown, but our SUCCESS RATE HAS REMAINED CONSISTENT! As these teachers and students shift to gearing up for the AP test, I am sure they could use some extra encouragement. If you find yourself talking to a first time AP student, an experienced AP student, or an AP teacher during the months of March and April, spread some love.

This month, the equity and excel teams will meet together to start talking about how to build in some better supports for our AP kids at the beginning of the year, perhaps even during our student success summit. If you have other ideas about the summit, please contact me! I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!

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W360 Blog Revived!

After a long hiatus, I decided to start up the W360 blog again! Unfortunately, keeping up with the blog kept getting pushed to the bottom of my priority list this year. In January, I shared this semester long update with the Wheeling Staff, and I got some feedback that encouraged me to reprioritize. Sharing our journey of professional learning at WHS is so important. I hope that you can read and access this blog occasionally this semester and that the content keeps you informed, and perhaps even inspires you a bit. I am over and over again convinced that we are doing great things at this school, and that story needs to be told.

Part of that story is our AP program at WHS. This year, we have been struggling WELL through a growth spurt in our most advanced classes. I use the word struggle because it hasn’t always been easy, for staff and students alike, but I am also using the word WELL because the preliminary data is in, and yes, our struggle is producing some positive results.

After semester 1, 85% of all of our AP Juniors and Seniors were passing their AP classes! Additionally, 70% of our “underrepresented” students passed 1 or more of their AP courses 1st semester. While there is still room for growth as we aim to make this number closer to our pass rate for our “benchmark” (or traditional) AP students, it is definitely something to celebrate. These students are on their way to earning college credit, and while there is still a semester of work and a giant test left, it is definitely encouraging to know that so many of our students are rising to the high expectations and rigor of this coursework.

There was a lot of data discussed at our Equity meeting last week. For more info about how our AP students are doing, join Liz Delgado and Adriana Soto on Friday afternoon as they present the EOS data to any interested staff (2pm, room 143).

I hope that this little snapshot encouraged you as much as it did me! Thanks for reading!

Posted in Professional Development

Shadow a Student Reflection

It has been a week since members of the ILT participated in the 2017 Shadow a Student Day. Across the nation, school leadership teams participated in shadowing students to learn more about the student experience at school. Our team consisted of our principalship, our division heads, our librarian, our RtI coordinator, and myself. On the April 3 inservice day, you will have the opportunity to come and learn more about this day, ask questions, and even sign up to participate in shadowing a student in the month of April. In case you are not able to attend this session, however, I wanted to focus on our number 1 take away.

High school students sit. A lot. Perhaps my own experience made this CRYSTAL clear because my student didn’t even have a PE class where we could engage in some physical activity for 30 minutes to break up the day. This was one of the things that we collected data on, and in over half of the classes we experienced that day, kids had the chance to get up and move, which is awesome! Eric Jensen would be proud! But after experiencing this day, I thought a lot about my own class, and MOSTLY my getting up and moving experiences consist of moving desks into groups and then back into rows…moving for 30 seconds to do…you guessed it…more sitting!¬† Continue reading “Shadow a Student Reflection”

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Long Overdue Wheeling 360 Update

I don’t know about you, but February felt like a blur…and I cannot believe that we are already in the month of March. I have done a horrible job keeping you all updated on the happenings of Wheeling 360. But that doesn’t mean that our teams haven’t been working! So much has been going on, so I am going to give you a snapshot of each team.

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LEAD Team: We are More Alike than Not

This week, the LEAD team met, and the agenda was to reflect on how we are doing in terms of our process of aligning curriculum and assessment and exploring Standards Based Grading. We met in divisional groups, and as I was working with EFA, I didn’t have a good sense about what was happening in the room as a whole. So, in order to write this blog post, I asked Chris to share the results from the Exit Slips with me, and my takeaways were profound. I hope that as you read this, you feel encouraged, wherever you are in this journey.

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