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!
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!
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”
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.
Continue reading “Long Overdue Wheeling 360 Update”
Now that we are a bit more comfortably into term 3, I thought I would just take a minute to share with you all some of the “take aways” from the Assessment for Learning: Using Data to Drive Instruction Institute day sessions.
Continue reading “Reflections after the January Institute Day”
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.
Continue reading “LEAD Team: We are More Alike than Not”
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that winter break left you refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of 2017! With the busyness that was December, I did not get a chance to blog about our December LEAD and LEARN meetings. So, to catch up… Continue reading “End of December Wheeling 360 Meetings”
Q: I know we have been encouraged to give finals early to allow for time for remediation and retakes. I have also heard that sometimes an Incomplete is issued if remediation is still necessary. When is it appropriate to give an Incomplete?
Continue reading “End of Semester Q&A Part 4”