This week for PLC's we had a presentation by our RTI (Response to Intervention) leaders. As a school we have been fine tuning our interventions for students who are below grade level or aren't making the progress we as educators would like to see. We discussed all the types of interventions we currently use and made charts to share with each other. It was great to see the variety and depth to which we go in order to support our students each day. The RTI group also presented information from the district about the difference between varying levels of interventions and explanations about each of them. It was great to have the opportunity to ask any question we may have had about the process and also to gain ideas from each other. We have such a talented and supportive staff here at Bill Roberts that it's great to get the time to collaborate!
This week the SLT (Staff Leadership Team) presented information on the district PCK (Pedagogical Content Knowledge) Modules. We looked at tying the leap framework and writing standard two into our practices and instruction in all content areas. Teachers shared writing from their classrooms and were able to reflect and discuss with peers what is going well and gain ideas from each other on how to incorporate them into future plans. We then sat with grade level teams to plan a specific lesson to use in the coming weeks in which we incorporated a new ideas that we have learned from our professional development book (Making Thinking Visible), discussions with other teachers or other resources.
Finally, we looked at our T-CAP data from the past few years to see what we noticed or what stood out to us as trends. We then wrote a statement about those observations so that in the future we can take that information and use it to plan where to focus and collaborate as a school.
Today we did not have our typical PLC meetings as it was a district wide assessment day. Teachers spent the day DRA testing students, grading our benchmark testing from the week and compiling data. These are district tests that give us information on where students are academically. We also administered M-Cap and M-Comp testing in math to help us get a clearer picture on student progress.
This week we were joined by Michelle Jones from PEBC for our professional development. As a school we are focusing on our thinking strategy routines this year through a book study on "Making Thinking Visible" by Ron Ritchhart.
You will begin to notice a lot of work up in the hallways around writing and the thinking strategies. Our main hallway has a wonderful display to show the development of writing throughout the grades, beginning from ECE and continuing through 8th grade.
You will find information about what the teachers at Bill Roberts are learning about and exploring during our Early Release each Friday from 1pm-3:30pm.