Thursday, March 24, 2005

Digging into standards

The current issue of Elementary Ed's Newsletter, a publication of ACSA's Elementary Education Council has a brief article by Michael Bossi of the Pleasanton Unified School District. He describes a process of analyzing each key standard and developing performance expectations for those standards:

A school staff CAN answer all these questions by committing itself to establish performance standards for each of the essential/key/power standards. The professional dialogue, collaboration, and sharing of practice and knowledge that will emerge from the quest to establish performance standards and common assessments WILL bring the staff to new heights and learning for students to new levels of achievement.

We will be using a similar process during our buy back days in June and August (Ideed one or two grade levels will begin looking at the standards this spring!). We will not only define the expectations of students for each standard, but we will also select materials and resources that will best address the specific standards.

1 comment:

Slacker said...

I think this is a big part of what Ball Foundation is supposed to do. Last year we spent time talking about how we could develop our focus throughout the staff. One suggestion that was mentioned and accpeted by many people was the sharing of materials and ideas. There are a number of experienced teachers who can get students to write well. There are an equal number of teachers who are inexperinecd and would like some direction to follow. Yeah, Wilda Storm is great, but it could be even better if the veterans would share their tricks for writing so we could embellish the program and make it better. I think time constraints made it nearly impossible to share the information. I also knwo taht personality conflicts would also hinder the sharing.
We were told from Hilltop Elementary teachers that the Ball Foundation would allow us to remove some stuff from our plate. By focusing on the standards this would allow teachers to remove programs that aren't a part of the standards, thereby freeing up the teaching time for the important stuff.