Here it goes...
Goals must be ambitious AND feasible. Ambitious=high, more than expected, challenging to students. Feasible= this has been done before/ is slightly higher than before.
My School Site Goal: ON AVERAGE students will achieve 100% of their individual growth goals.
"When we see it is possible, other people can do it"
I have learned more about the use of assessment and data in 2 days then I did the past 2 years. I am excited to combine my classroom experience with this new knowledge.
The Delta Institute makes up the 2nd largest "school district" in the Mississippi Delta.
In no way do standardized scores tell everything about a student. They do, however, provide a broad context of student achievement and the achievement gap.
Use data as a motivation/ urgency to build skills, mindsets, and habits.
All of us are responsible for students achievement. It is not "these" kids...it is OUR kids. They are MY kids.
Research points to 9th grade as a critical year to determine graduation rate.
In our classrooms we engage in rigorous and challenging activities AND we like it. We have fun doing it.
I believe that a child's teacher is the most important factor in his or her education. This does not mean there are no other factors, but it is a mindset that inspires achievement and prevents excuses for why students cannot/are not learning.
We want confident students so we need to be confident teachers. Teachers are climate setters for their classroom.
We had an inspiring session tonight that was the first time the whole institute was able to come together. We heard from TFA alumni, directors, current CMs and saw a welcome video from Wendy Kopp. The bottom line is that we are together, united under one vision: That one day all children will have have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. Like mosquitoes it is our job to work relentlessly (and effectively) to make this a reality.