Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Chinese New Year Celebration and High School Professional Learning Update


Students perform during ABRHS's Chinese New Year celebration on February 3rd

Thank you to our World Language department leader Sinikka Savukoski, teacher Amy Li, and our students for their planning and participation in our Chinese New Year celebration that included an exchange with Datong No. 1 School and culminated with a performance of traditional and modern music, opera, and dance.
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High School Professional Learning Update
I have a few updates to share with you about our ongoing work at the high school that supports our Challenge Success partnership. The work focuses on two areas: instruction, assessment and workload (IAW); and the high school schedule change process.

Instruction, Assessment, and Workload (IAW)
If you are interested in learning about our Instruction, Assessment, and Workload (IAW) work during our Thursday, February 2nd Professional Learning early release day, please click here.  I have included the articles we read as a faculty as well as a summary of the work we did together and our goals for this year. We will continue this work at our April faculty meeting and throughout spring department meetings.

High School Schedule Change Process
We have made some changes to the high school schedule change process to allow for flexibility given the events of this year and our need to take care of staff, students, and families along the way. For an updated timeline, please click here. You will see that we are still planning to survey students, parents & guardians as well as to hold focus groups to hear feedback about potential high school schedule models. 

February "Expanding our Notion of Success" Newsletter
Our district's Expanding our Notion of Success newsletter for February focuses on student engagement. The Glossary of Ed Reform defines student engagement as the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education.

Ten years ago, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) embarked upon research to understand the answers to two questions: What Do Students Want (and What Really Motivates Them)?

They found the responses centered on the following four goals:
·       Success (the need for mastery),
·       Curiosity (the need for understanding),
·       Originality (the need for self-expression),
·       Relationships (the need for involvement with others).

Please take a few moments to learn more about student engagement, including student data from our 2016 Challenge Success survey, through this month's Expanding Our Notion of Success newsletter.  

Stay warm and safe tomorrow in the snow~
JoAnn