CBMS- MGI Mission Statement

Focus Statement for our work at the MGI, and in year #1, with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education: In year #1 of our partnership with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, CBMS staff will analyze and re-design the CBMS learning environment, with the goal of supporting an increase in personalized learning and meaningful pursuits for our students. We will be aiming to create a learning environment which allows our students to engage in learning that incorporates interests, questions and concerns about issues of personal and social significance in a democratic society. This work will begin in the Middle Grades Institute in June, where we will run a jigsaw approach towards exploring this lofty goal. Small groups will focus on:
*The utilization of time- how can the CBMS daily schedule change to better allow us to meet this goal?
*The roll-out of Personal Learning Plans @ CBMS- what needs to happen for these plans to quickly become a cornerstone of personalization?
*1:1 environment @ CBMS- what can this look like, and how do we get there?
Student Empowerment and Student Voice- how can these be ramped up @ CBMS?

Thursday, June 25, 2015


My action research project is going to center around making my AG time (or whatever we're calling it now) a more meaningful experience for my students.  Kathy noted in the schedule changes feedback doc. that she would "like to see training opportunities for AG leaders, as well as a resource place to share activities, projects and ideas."  I agree, and I would be happy to help create a website where we can all share ideas for different types of activities that we can use, if that's something people think they might find helpful.  I attended the "Dynamic Advisories" session today, which was very helpful.  Check out Kathy's notes in her recent post.

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