As you may know, community service is an important aspect of Redefining Ready! One of the indicators of career readiness is 25 hours of community service. Additionally, our Harper Promise students are required to complete community service hours to qualify for the Harper Promise scholarship at the end of their four years. Read more about our efforts to engage kids in community service at WHS from our guest blogger, Mike Bosco! (Thanks, Bosco!)
When the LEAD team met last week, the PLC leaders were able to share all that was accomplished on Monday’s institute day. Clearly, SO MUCH work has happened in PLC during the first term of school! And while all PLCs are at different points in their journeys, the talk of the day was aligned, leveled assessments and standards based grading.
It is really important that when we talk about Standards Based Grading (or SBG), we all are talking about the same thing. So, this blog is going to function as an SBG Q&A. FEEL FREE to submit more Qs about SBG by commenting on this blog!
Q: What is SBG?
A: Technically, “Standards-based grading is a system of assessing and reporting that describes student progress in relation to standards” (from A School Leader’s Guide to Standard Based Grading). But what does that really mean? When you are thinking about your class, you know there are certain skills or standards kids need to master. If you are shifting towards a Standards Based Grading model, you are giving kids feedback on their progress towards meeting these standards by formatively and summatively assessing their proficiency of each standard.
In October (yes, I am a little behind in the blog!), the Redefine team met to explore how to get kids COMMUNICATING more in our classrooms. I was very encouraged by this meeting because teacher from all different divisions shared instructional strategies and ideas to get kids communicating, and so many of these ideas were transferrable. We felt UNITED in our mission to increase effective communication in our classroom.
Here were some of my big take-aways: Continue reading “Getting Kids Talking”