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.
LEAD: The LEAD team has been working on dissecting the newly released SAT skill bands. PLCs have been looking at the specific skill bands that relate to their content areas, looking for the strengths of our current curriculum and identifying weaknesses. Today, our PLC leaders will be pulled out for a half day workshop to really dig into these skill bands. What is the point of this, you wonder? I know as a teacher, it can sometimes feel frustrating to focus on these high-stakes tests when we are talking about curriculum and assessment. However, I think there are some important considerations from a curricular perspective to keep in mind.
When thinking about curricula, there are many different curricula we can examine. The 3 our LEAD team is currently focused on are:
The WRITTEN curriculum–what our scope/sequence guides say we are teaching
The TAUGHT curriculum–what we actually get through in our classes
The ASSESSED curriculum–what appears in tests and performance measures (including state tests)
The process the LEAD team is going through is simply the process of trying to closely align the WRITTEN, the TAUGHT, and the ASSESSED curricula. While this is not the most exciting work in the world, we know that it is important to do for our students to continue to make progress in their college and career readiness.
LEARN: The LEARN team began meeting again in February and worked on personal goal setting. Each member of the team set a personal goal about teaching/learning, and over the next couple of months, we will support each other in meeting these goals! I love meeting with this group because afterwards I feel so encouraged! As we march on through the school year, we can get wrapped up in the day to day challenges and forget to focus on refining our craft as professional educators. The people on this team inspire me to be better at what I do…and when days go by and I haven’t focused on my own professional improvement, I can think of them and be encouraged to keep trying! If you are interested in joining this team, please contact me!
PREPARE: The PREPARE team has so many interesting projects going on, so here is an update about a couple of them!
Our teachers have been working hard to write the first coding/geometry class to be offered in 214, which will hopefully run as early as the 2017/2018 school year!
Our Positive Impact team is preparing for another great year. This year, Positive Impact will take place on Friday, April 7. As you saw from Carol’s email yesterday, we have some AMAZING projects from WHS students this year! Classes may visit the gallery walk or listen to the top 3 presentations in the afternoon. More information will be coming from Greg and Barry about the logistics of the day!
Our community service team is looking to organize some community service opportunities for our freshmen. Remember:
- Harper Promise Freshmen must complete 5 hours of community service to remain eligible (while meeting the academic and attendance requirements). Nearly all of our freshman have enrolled in the Harper Promise this year!
- Harper Promise Sophomores must complete 10 hours of community service to reamin eligible. We do have a cohort of sophomores that are still eligible to receive the Harper Promise. For more information on this, contact Derek.
- According to Redefining Ready!, students can show that they are career ready by completing 25 hours of community service.
REDEFINE: Our REDEFINE team has been working to organize the April 3 Inservice day. This day is contractually designated for teachers to be able to spend time digitizing curriculum or exploring technological innovation. More details will be coming on this day soon, but in the meantime, if there is something you specifically would like to work on or see offered on this day, please contact me or fill out this google form. Thanks to all who have already volunteered to make this day fantastic!
Instead of reading 4 blog posts over the past 4 weeks, I crammed them all into 1. I hope you made it through and learned something in the process! As always, thanks for reading!