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Staff  Development Action Plan

We know that school improvement works when everybody learns every day.  Professional development has become an essential part of our action plan each year so we can provide our staff with the exposure they need to make changes that are aligned with trends in education and our students needs.

I.                   Time Line: August 26, 2012 and September 6 & 7, 2013.

The Leadership and Learning Center was on hand to orient us about the Common Core State Standards which have been adopted by 49 States in the US. During our opening convocation, staff met in small groups to orient themselves about the standards, their impact on K-12 education, and the cross content approach to learning that it requires.

II.                Faculty Meeting Topic Agenda
a.       October 1, 2012 – Writing Across the Curriculum Workshop
b.      November 14, 2012 – Unpacking Common Core State Standards
c.       November 27, 2012 – Unpacking Common Core State Standards
d.      December 11, 2012 -   Unpacking Common Core State Standards
e.       January 14, 2013 - Unpacking Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standard unpacking sessions were conducted with the building principal and staff, using common planning and faculty meeting time have been ongoing, throughout the 2012-2013 to help the staff understand the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  Together we learn about anchor standards that are the framework for practices aligned to the goals of this model for grades K-12.  All staff in English, Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects participated in analysis so they have an understanding of how the requirements for standards specific to their area of expertise are connected to others; build upon prior knowledge; and set the stage for the next grade level.  Unpacking documents were developed which translate standards into smaller objectives that clearly state “what students are learning (WALT) so common formative assessments can be developed which will help staff insure learning is taking place.

Time Line: ( 8 semesters) Fall Semester 2012-2013
Dr. Ali Pogust, an independent literacy consultant conducted an 8 sessionTo support the implementation of the new Creative Writing course offered to our 10th grade students.

The current writing curriculum in the high school is focused on student responses to teacher-directed reading assignments. In order to develop student identities as writers, there was a need to shift the balance from overly-specified writing assignments to actually teaching students how to write. Dr. Pogust has been coming to FLHS for 8 sessions throughout the fall semester to provide the staff with job embedded literacy coaching. Together they explored topics such as:

·         Exploration of authentic audiences and purposes for student writing

·         Opportunities for students to develop topics that matter to them.

·         Building students’ identities as writers

·         Development of students’ writing styles and voice

·         Strategic use of mentor texts that model the craft of writing.

·         Student self-evaluation on growth in specific writing skills

·         Frequent opportunities to write

·         Writing in multiple genres

Included in the monthly coaching is a classroom lab where all three teachers will participate in collaboratively planned lessons. Meeting dates were as follows:   9/18/2012, 10//16, 11/13, 12/12, 1/16/2013, 2/13.

III.             Time line : ( 8 sessions) Spring 2013
The Common Core State Standards(CCSS) mandate a 70% literacy emersion through the school day for students. With a high emphasis on non-fiction reading and writing, content area teachers must now learn how to use strategies in reading and writing to teach their particular content areas (Social Studies, Science, and Math). 

Dr. Pogust has returned to FLHS for the spring in order to work with the social studies staff.  Her goals will be to present strategies that can be embedded into their specific content that will utilize literacy as a tool for learning. Reading and writing implementation will be explored in a series of 8 staff development ½ day workshops during the 2013 spring.

IV.       Time line: Monthly (10 sessions) Ongoing 2012-2013

The English Department has met monthly throughout the school year, with the building principal and district literacy intern to analyze current practices and make decisions for implementation changes based on the CCSS. The workshops involve:

·         Determining the thematic focus of each grade-level

·         Developing an overarching theme for grade-level content emersion

·         Choosing required reading aligned to grade-level themes

·         Developing 5-6 week units of study for each grade-level text

·         Creating common assessments for each unit to gauge student learning.

IV.             Time line: ½ day Professional Development Days

       10/23, 12/4/2012,  1/15, 3/19, 2013

Standards Solutions is a team of educators that are specialists in curriculum, instruction and assessment. Their consultants has joined the district to help us prepare for the CCSS by leading workshops to align practices with CCSS, as well as create documents to assist the district to transition to the Next-Generation Assessments. There range of expertise has enabled them to provide a focus by content area. During the districts ½ day professional development schedule three content area focus take place in small group settings.

1.      English Department

2.      Math Department

3.      Social Studies, Sciences and Technical Subjects

Standards Solutions tailors the learning so it uses authentic themes so staff can:

-          Use the “crosswalk” process to gain an understanding of what we already do that relates to the CCSS.

-          Examine text complexity for its meaning as a tool to advance rigor

-          Discuss resources needed to transition to a literacy approach to learning in all content areas.

-          Examine the Next-Generation of Assessments to gain an understanding of expectations for student performance and how to embed preparation into daily practice.

These themes have been the focus of all ½ day professional development days listed on the district calendar for the 2012-2013 school year.

V.                Time Line: 12/18/2012
Math department has been participating in an inter-grade level articulation with the LFCMS staff. Working with the district math supervisor and the high school principal they examined resources aligned the CCSS in preparation for implementation in the 2013-14 school year. Program offerings between schools have been discussed for alignment and revision where necessary.

Last Updated: 2/27/13
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